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Jacquelyn Benson


Benson, Jacquelyn
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University of Missouri
314 Gentry Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

University Profile

Program involvement
Gerontology Graduate Programs - Instructor, Advisor

Biography

As a family gerontologist, Jacquelyn Benson's program of research has a translation focus aimed at enhancing the lives of older adults and their families. Benson studies the reciprocal associations between older adults' close relationships and their well-being, and she translates this research-based knowledge into interventions, programs and other strategies for healthy aging. She is specifically interested in examining intimate relationships in later life and the family caregiving experience. Based on life-course framework and family systems perspectives, she attributes healthy aging to interactions between individual development, social relationships, and environments.

In February of 2019, Dr. Benson received the Family Life & Human Development State Specialist Early Achievement Award from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Benson was the 3rd Place National Winner “Excellence in Multi-State Collaboration: North Central Aging Network” from the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) in May of 2018. Also in May of 2018, she was the 3rd Place Central Region Winner, “Excellence in Multi-State Collaboration: North Central Aging Network” from the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS). 

Education

Ph.D. in Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri, 2013
M.A. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri, 2008
B.E.S. in Human Services, University of Missouri, 2004
B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri, 2004