Erik Benau

M.S., Health Psychology, September 2012, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
B.A., Cognitive Science, May 2007, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Primary office:

Research Lab: Atchley Lab
Advisor: Dr. Ruth Ann Atchley
Research Interests: Presently engaged in translation research investigating and developing neuropsychological profiles of mood disorders and negative affect (depression, anxiety, and stress). I also am involved in research pertaining LGBT mental health, and prevention of, and coping with, HIV/AIDS. Clinically, I am interested in the use of mindfulness practice as it pertains to both CBT and psychodynamic therapies for the treatment of many disorders, including depression and anxiety. However, I see a number of clients for diverse reasons.


Benau, E.M., Morris, J., & Couperus, J.W. (2011) Semantic processing in children and adults: Incongruity and the N400. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 40(3). 225-239. doi: 10.1007/s10936-011-9167-1

Votta, R.J., & Benau, E.M. (2013) Predictors of stress in pharmacy students: Results from a nationwide survey. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 5(5), 365-372. doi: 10.1016/j.cptl.2013.06.01

Yean, C., Benau, E.M., Dakanalis, A., Hormes, J.A., Perone, J. (2013) The relationship of sex and sexual orientation on self-esteem, body shape satisfaction, and eating disorder symptomatology. Frontiers In: Eating Behavior, 4(887) doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00887

Benau, E.M., Orloff, N.A., Timko, C.A., Janke, E.A., & Serpell, L. (2014) A systematic review of experimental fasting and cognitive function in healthy adults. Appetite, 77, 52-61. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.02.014

Votta, R.J., & Benau, E.M. (2014) Sources of stress for pharmacy students in a nationwide sample. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 6(5) 675-681. doi: 10.1016/j.cptl.2014.05.002


Benau, E.M., Fennel, A., Kirchoff, J., Svancara, A., McCartin, J., Dore, S., Atchley, R.A. (2015) Time flies when you’re having fun, and it flies faster when you’re feling blue: Negative mood induction increases the overestimation of time. 55th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Seattle, WA.

Fennel, A., Atchley, R.A., Young, T., Benau, E.M. (2014) Modulation of anger by the meditative state. 54th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Atlanta, GA.

Benau, E.M., Johnson, E.K., Siakaluk, P., O’Hare, A., Gregersen, S., Fennel, A., Jamison, A., & Atchley, R.A. Sweet-cheeks Vs. pea-brain: Embodiment, valence and task all influence the time course of the lpp in emotional language. (2014) Seventh Annual Meeting of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society, Denver, CO.

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