Benjamin A. Bensadon, Ed.M., Ph.D.

Published: February 11th, 2019

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Clinical Associate Professor


2004 Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32611




Departmental Affiliation

Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, Geriatric Medicine Division


1996: B.A., Psychology, Boston University, Boston, MA
1999: Certificate in Italian, Centro Linguistico Italiano, Florence, Italy
2001: Ed.M., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Boston University, Boston, MA
2001-2003: Non-degree student, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
2007: M.S., Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2010: Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, Biobehavioral & Social Research Training in Aging, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2010: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Predoctoral Training
2005: Sleep Therapist, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Laboratory, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2006: Counseling Practicum Student, Student Counseling Service, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2007-2009: Everyday Memory Clinic, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2007-2009: Psychology Intern, Family Stress Clinic, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, UF/Shands at AGH Family Medicine Residency Program, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL
2010: Pre-doctoral Intern and Research Associate, Student Counseling Service, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Postdoctoral Training
2011-2012: Fellowship, Clinical Research, Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
2011-2012: Residency, Clinical Geropsychology, Oklahoma City VAMC & Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Additional Information

Dr. Benjamin A. Bensadon is Director of Gerontology Graduate Programs and Associate Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research. He is also a licensed clinical gero-psychologist. Dr. Bensadon’s training and professional experience is centered on integrating psychology and medicine, with the goal of transforming primary care and creating an age friendly health care system. To achieve this, Dr. Bensadon has co-authored book chapters on management decisions in mild cognitive impairment (Clinics in Geriatric Medicine) and geriatric neurology (Scientific American in press), and created and led a team of physicians and psychologists as Editor of a collaborative text titled Psychology and Geriatrics: Integrated Care for an Aging Population (Elsevier). More recently he was 1 of 15 selected to the inaugural cohort of National Geriatrics Leadership Scholars by the American Geriatrics Society, Association of Directors of Academic Geriatric Programs, and Tideswell at UCSF. Prior to UF, Dr Bensadon was an Assistant Professor at the Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), where he served as Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program’s Geriatrics & Palliative Care Rotation. Throughout his young career, Dr. Bensadon has developed, implemented, and evaluated training curricula in didactic and clinical settings for medical students and residents, advance practice nurses, and other health sciences trainees; and provided clinical services in long-term care/geriatric rehabilitation, outpatient primary care, and specialty settings. He completed his doctoral training at the University of Florida and postdoctoral residency and fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.


Clinical Associate Professor, Geriatric Medicine Division

Editorial positions:

MedEdPORTAL, Association of American Medical Colleges 2015 - 2017
· Associate Editor, Communication Skills

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
· Reviewer

Clinical Interventions in Aging
· Reviewer

Annals of Internal Medicine
· Reviewer

Academic Medicine
· Reviewer

Academic Psychiatry
· Reviewer

Patient Education & Counseling
· Reviewer


Service and Leadership
2017 Nominee, Alzheimer’s Advisory Council, US Department of Health & Human Services
2017 Planning Committee Member & Clinical Service Provider, Physician Wellness Initiative, Palm Beach County Medical Society
2017 Planning Committee Member & Clinical Service Provider, Physician Wellness Initiative, Broward County Medical Association
2017 Advisory Council Member, South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA)
2016 Council Member, Right Care Alliance, The Lown Institute
2015 National Geriatrics Leadership Scholar, AGS/ADGAP/Tideswell Leadership Scholars Program
2015 Member, APA/CMS/DNH National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in LTC
2014 Member, Research Advisory Board, iTN America – Dignified Transportation for Seniors
2009 CE content developer, Office of Continuing Education, American Psychological Association
2003 Recipient, Outstanding Service Award, Harvard School of Public Health
2001 Friends of Harvard University International Students, Harvard University


1. Kumar C, Bensadon BA, Van Ness PH, Cooney LM. Curriculum on Resident Education in Care of Older Adults in Acute, Transitional and Extended Care Settings. Journal of Education      and Training Studies 2016;4(9): 247-252

2. Hundt NE, Bensadon BA, Stanley MA et al. Coping mediates the relationship between disease severity and illness intrusiveness among chronically ill patients. Journal of Health  Psychology, 2015;20(9):1186-95

3. Bensadon BA, Qureshi SM. Therapeutic benefits of implementing an aging film series in a long term care facility. Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging. 2015;23(8):33-39.

4. Hennekens CH, Bensadon BA, Zivin R, Gaziano JM. Hypothesis: Glutaminyl cyclase inhibitors decrease risks of alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Expert Review of      Neurotherapeutics, 2015;15(11): 1245-1248.

5. Gundersen E, Bensadon BA, Ouslander JG. Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine 3rd ed.Transitions between care settings till death. Oxford (UK). Oxford University Press; 2015.

6. Bensadon BA. Maximizing treatment adherence: Physician-Patient Partnerships vs. Procedures. Hypertension 2014;63(2):e7

7. Bensadon BA, Odenheimer GL. Listening to our elders: a story of resilience and recovery. Patient Education and Counseling 2014;95(3):433-4.

8. Bensadon BA, Odenheimer GL. Understanding chronic disease: Student exposure to support groups. Medical Education 2014;48(5):526-7.

9. Bensadon BA, Teasdale TA, Odenheimer GL. Attitude adjustment: shaping medical student perceptions with a geriatrics curriculum. Academic Medicine 2013;88(11)

10. Bensadon BA, Odenheimer GL. Current management decisions in mild cognitive impairment. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine 2013;29(4):847-871..​


Bensadon BA (Ed.). Psychology and Geriatrics: Integrated Care for an Aging Population. Elsevier/Academic Press; 2015