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Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
677 Patterson Office Tower

Areas of Expertise

  • Intersection of child welfare and mental health
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning


  • Fisher, S., Benner, K., *Huang, H., & *Day, E. (2024). Substance use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment in urban settings: Barriers and facilitators to implementation. Journal of School Health.
  • Barnhart, S., Benner, K., *Latimer, A., & Pope, N. (2023). Considerations in preparing social work students to thrive in health care settings. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 43(1), 116-133.
  • Hargons, C., Benner, K. & *Wyman-Bookwalter, C. (2023). Identifying and addressing barriers to effective substance misuse treatment in rural settings. Journal of Rural Mental Health. Advance online publication.
  • Salt, E., Wiggins, A. T., Cooper, G. L., Benner, K., Adkins, B., Hazelbaker, K., & Rayens, M. K. (2021). A Comparison of Child Abuse and Neglect Encounters Before and After School Closings due to SARS-Cov-2. Child Abuse & Neglect, 18:105-132. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2021.105132

Current Projects

  • Building SUD Workforce Capacity in the Appalachia Region (Grant #T98HP33473) – sponsored by US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration
  • Program evaluation for interprofessional health education trainings with social work students
  • Understanding the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) in college students
  • Assessing the role of COVID in academic motivation
  • Building knowledge related to how students perceive efficacy related to justice perspectives and behaviors.

Alma Mater

  • University of Missouri – Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Master of Social Work, PhD

Get to Know Dr. Benner

Dr. Benner is an associate professor and associate dean. Her practice experience focused on the intersection of child welfare and mental health, working with youth in care and their families. Dr. Benner’s research interests include substance misuse prevention and intervention and she is a member of the Substance Use Priority Research Area. Her work emphasizes interprofessional education and program efficacy, reflecting her value of multidisciplinary perspectives in training health practitioners.