Grant Benham

Research

Stress Sleep & Health Lab LogoMy current research interests focus on the interplay of stress, sleep, personality, and health. Using both survey-based methodology and lab-based experiments, I have studied the impact of psychological stress on immune function, cortisol, skin healing, and self-reported health. More recently, my research has demonstrated the importance of insufficient sleep in stress-health models. I also have a developing line of research examining the impact of emotion suppression on physical health. Given that a number of my studies have involved physiological measures, I have sought (and been successful in securing) small grant awards to support equipment and supply costs.

 


 

Selected articles and conference presentations

 


 

Articles

Benham, G. (in press). Skin barrier recovery is not associated with self-perceived stressStress and Health



Benham, G. (2010). Sleep: An important factor in stress-health modelsStress and Health, 26, 204-214.



Benham, G., Nash, M. R., & Baldwin, D. (2009). A comparison of changes in secretory immunoglobulin A following a stress-inducing and a stress-reducing taskStress and Health, 25, 81-90.



Benham, G. (2007). The shape of stress: The use of frequent sampling to measure temporal variation in S-IgA levels during acute stressStress and Health, 23, 295-301.



Benham, G., Huerta, A., & Salazar, S. (2006). Illicit prescription stimulant use among college students living near the U.S. - Mexico Border. Hispanic Health Care International, 4 (4), 195-202.



Benham, G., Woody, E., Wilson, S. K. & Nash, M. R. (2006). Expect the unexpected: Ability, attitude, and responsiveness to hypnosisJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91 (2), 342-350.



Benham, G. (2006). The Highly Sensitive Person: Stress and physical symptom reportsPersonality and Individual Differences, 40 (7), 1433-1440.



Nash, M. R. & Benham, G. (2005). The truth and the hype of hypnosisScientific American Mind, 16 (2), 46-53.



Benham, G., Smith, N., & Nash, M. R. (2002). Hypnotic susceptibility scales: Are the mean scores increasing? International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 50, 5-16.



Benham, G., Bowers, S., Nash, M. R., & Muenchen, R. (1998). Self-fulfilling prophecy and hypnotic responding are not the same thingJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75 (6) 1604-1613.





Posters/Presentations

Arredondo, M. L. Leon, M. I., & Benham, G. (2016, April). Pre-sleep technology use in bed is associated with greater insomnia. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, TX.

Leon, M. I., Arredondo, M. L., & Benham, G. (2016, April). Facebook addiction is associated with insomnia and poor sleep quality. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, TX.

Benham, G. (2015, April). Insufficient sleep amongst college students. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.

Benham, G. & Melo, M. (2014, April). Taking stress to bed: Stress predicts pre-sleep cognitive and physical arousal. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Benham, G., Melo, M., & Garza, N.E. (2014, April). Pre-sleep cognitions: Bedtime worry and rumination as predictors of insomnia. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Gonzales, A. & Benham, G. (2014, April). Sleep locus of control associated with better sleep quality, particularly in insomniacs. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Benham, G., Fausey, A., & Melo, M. (2014, April). Women sleep as soundly as men, but are more stressed and ill. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Garza, N.E., Melo, M., Enriquez, F.A., & Benham, G. (2014, April). Anxiety as a predictor of pre-sleep cognitive arousal and insomnia. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Enriquez, F.A., Garza, N.E., Melo, M., & Benham, G. (2014, April). Holding in anger: Do students who control their aggression sleep better. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Gonzales, A. & Benham, G. (2014, April). Differences in sleep locus of control between those with and without insomnia. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Benham, G., Enriquez, F.A., Villegas, G., Gutierrez, A., Arevalo, I.E., Gonzalez, E., & Barrios, L. (2013, May). Examining Catharsis: Cardiovascular Effects of Emotion Suppression during a Tearjerker Movie. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Arevalo, I.E. & Benham, G.(2013, April). Technostress: Pre-sleep technology use is associated with higher psychological stress. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

Benham, G., Arevalo, I.E., & Popan, J. (2013, April). Bedtime thoughts: Worry and rumination mediate the association between stress and sleep. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Fort Worth, TX.

Benham, G. (2013, April). Navigating the IRB maze: Ethical and practical issues in human subjects protection. Invited paper presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Fort Worth, TX.

Arevalo, I.E. & Benham, G.(2013, May). The impact of pre-sleep technology use on insomnia. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Fort Worth, TX.

Arevalo, I.E., Stegall, S., Rodriguez, J.M. & Benham, G. (2012, May). Family intrusiveness and health locus of control fail to predict exercise activity in Hispanic college students. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Gutierrez, H., Duran, R. III,, & Benham, G. (2012, May). Chronotype as a predictor of salivary cortisol levels in college students. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Stegall, S., Arevalo, I.E., & Benham, G. (2012, May). The Shape of Stress: Differing autonomic patterns of response to an acute stress task. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Benham, G. & Gutierrez, H. (2012, April). Crying frequency predicts stress and physical health after controlling for negative affect. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, OK.

Benham, G., Duran, R. III, Arevalo, I.E., & Stegall, S. (2012, April). Sequelae of childhood sexual abuse in Hispanic college students. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, OK.

Benham, G., Stegall, S., Arevalo, I.E., & Duran, R. III. (2012, April). Stress, personality, and health: the disadvantage of being a Highly Sensitive Person. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, OK.

Benham, G., Arevalo, I.E., Stegall, S., & Duran, R. III. (2012, April). Social support from friends and family in male and female Hispanic undergraduates. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, OK.

Benham, G. (2011, April). Online social networking as a predictor of social capital and university satisfaction. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Benham. G., Benham, C. F., & Rodriguez, J. (2011, April). Extraversion moderates sophomore slump in university satisfaction. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Lopez, S., Adame, L., Gonzalez, S., Rodriguez, V. & Benham, G. (2011, April). Loneliness as a predictor of stress, sleep, and health. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Benham, G., Gonzalez, S., Rodriguez, V., Adame, L., & Lopez, S. (2011, April). Stress and sleep predict self-rated health after controlling for negative affect. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Rodriguez, V. & Benham, G. (2011, April). The impact of US-Mexico border violence on psychological stress and physical health. Paper presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Benham, G., Tijerina, S., Fernandez, A., Jimenez, S., & Garza, A. (2010, May). Sleep quality, not psychological stress, predicts secretory immunoglobulin A levels in males. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Jimenez, S., Fernandez, A., & Benham, G. (2010, May). Non-expression of emotions: Sex differences and association with illness symptoms. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Fernandez, A., Jimenez, S., & Benham, G. (2010, May). Sleep: An important consideration in stress-health relationships. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Benham, G., Croyle, K., & Ernst, F. (2009, November). Ethical implications of asking sensitive questions. Poster presented at the meeting of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), Nashville, TN.

Benham, G., Tijerina, S., Cantu, M. Y., Rios, C., & Gonzalez, I. (2009, May). Sleep quantity, not self-perceived stress, is associated with baseline secretory immunoglobulin A levels in males. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Benham, G., Cantu, M. Y., Rios, C., & Gonzalez, I. (2009, April). The relationship between daytime sleepiness, psychological stress, and physical health. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Gonzalez, I., Cantu, M. Y., Rios, C., Benham, G., & Ernst, F. (2009, April). Association between manifest hostility, psychological stress, and physical health in a Hispanic sample. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Benham, G. (2007, May). Skin healing is related to the amount that we sleep, not how stressed we feel. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.
 
Benham, G. (2006, April). Fake Hand Illusion: Size is not important. Poster presented at the meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Austin, TX.