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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


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.

Awards include:

2019 -

  • Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Truman Award from the University of Missouri Extension
  • Family Life & Human Development State Specialist Early Achievement Award from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • 1st place central region winner "Florence Hall Award" from the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS)
  • Research Poster Award Winner at the National Symposium for Academic Palliative Care Education and Research by the California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care

2018 -

  • 3rd place national winner “Excellence in Multi-State Collaboration: North Central Aging Network” and the 3rd place central region winner for “Excellence in Multi-State Collaboration: North Central Aging Network” from the NEAFCS

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