Faculty: Rita Benn, Ph.D.

Dr. Benn is the Director of Education, U-M Integrative Medicine, as well as a member of its education staff.

She is also is a Co-Principal Investigator on a R25 NCCAM grant awarded to UMIM with the aim of expanding curriculum related to integrative health into medical education and the allied health fields. In that role, Dr. Benn coordinates a year long interdisciplinary Faculty Scholars Program in Integrative Healthcare, assists faculty across professional schools in the design, implementation and evaluation of coursework, and plans academic graduate programs and continuing education workshops for physicians and health care professionals. Dr. Benn also implements mind-body stress reduction courses for students, professionals and the community. Dr. Benn is the Co-chair of the Education Work group for the Consortium of Academic Health Center and has published educational guides and articles in the area of integrative medical education.

Dr. Benn’s research focuses on examining the effects of mind-body practices, energy healing and spirituality on health and well-being in women and children. Dr. Benn is the Principal Investigator on two funded studies; one investigates Transcendental Meditation and social competence in middle school children and the other, mind-body skills group based intervention for women with a history of abuse. Dr. Benn has a strong interest in positive organizational learning and in assessing attitude and system change resulting from exposure to educational innovations in integrative medicine. Dr. Benn frequently serves as a scientific reviewer on panels convened by NCCAM and other NIH institutes. Dr. Benn received her PhD from the University of Michigan's Combined Program in Education and Psychology, and practiced as a clinical child and school psychologist. She holds research faculty appointments in the UM Department of Family Medicine and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.