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Jennifer Bennett

Instructor, Department of Psychology, Senior Research Scientist, UNM Cancer Center
505 272-4814

Jennifer Bennett is currently Principal Investigator for a study in which she has developed a treatment for breast cancer survivors who have cognitive difficulties based on chemotherapy treatment. For more information on her study, please visit She also performs cognitive testing at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center for other studies and teaches online classes for the Psychology department at UNM. 

She contributed a chapter with her mentor, Steven Verney, Ph.D.  to the book, Minority and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Neuropsychological Assessment entitled "Cultural Considerations in the Neuropsychological Assessment of American Indians/Alaska Natives."

Dr. Bennett remains committed to helping psychologists understand how to best help minority patients and cancer survivors.


Research Interests 

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Research interests include (but are not limited to):

  • Linguistically and culturally fair neuropsychological testing for bilinguals
  • Cognitive deficits related to "chemobrain"
  • Cognitive rehabilitation for cancer patients who receive chemotherapy treatment


Research Scientist
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
April 2013 – Present (1 year 8 months) Department of Pathology

Interviewer for the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) study, funded by the National Cancer Institute.
University of New Mexico
August 2006 – Present (8 years 4 months)Department of Psychology

Abnormal Behavior (delivered online)
Developmental Psychology
Issues in Minority Mental Health
Multimedia Developer
Engineering-Environmental Management
2002 – 2004 (2 years) Albuquerque, NM

Created online training for corporate clients.
Multimedia Trainer and Developer
Grass Roots Consulting
1993 – 2002 (9 years) Burlington, MA & Albuquerqe, NM

Created and taught multimedia software development workshops at conferences and corporate sites throughout the United States and in Europe. Acted as instructional designer for Macromedia Corporation (now Adobe) creating training materials used at all Macromedia Authorized Training centers worldwide.

The University of New Mexico
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Psychology
2006 – 2012

Minor Concentration: Clinical Psychology

Dissertation: Linguistic and Cultural Factors Associated with Phonemic Fluency Performance in Bilingual Hispanics

Activities and Societies: Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy Fellow
The University of New Mexico
Master of Science (M.S.), Clinical Psychology
2004 – 2006

Master’s Thesis: The Influence of Cultural Factors on the Performance of Older Hispanics on the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test

(Open) 3 honors and awards

University of Vermont
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Comparative Religion
1990 – 1992

University of Vermont
Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Electrical Engineering
1984 – 1988