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Jacob A. Bentley, Ph.D.

Jacob A. Bentley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology

Dr. Bentley joined the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation faculty in December 2012 after completing postdoctoral training in Rehabilitation Psychology at Johns Hopkins. He received his doctoral degree from Seattle Pacific University in 2011. His pre-doctoral internship was completed at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, FL with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Psychology.

As the attending psychologist on an inpatient Ortho/Spine unit at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, Dr. Bentley’s clinical work focuses on assessment and intervention with individuals adjusting to neurologic or orthopedic conditions such as spinal cord injury, chronic pain, and amputation. Dr. Bentley collaborates with persons with physical and cognitive disabilities to implement rehabilitation psychology treatment plans designed to enhance coping and increase independent daily functioning.

Dr. Bentley’s research includes the study of factors effecting psychological and social adjustment following physical and emotional trauma. His research program is also focused on cross-cultural factors influencing health outcomes and the development of rehabilitation medicine programs in international contexts. He strives to conduct research that directly informs clinical practice and program development. He has served as a manuscript reviewer for a number of scientific journals.

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Seattle Pacific University
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Seattle Pacific University
B.A., Psychology, Lee University

Faculty Appointments:
Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology, Johns Hopkins University (current)

Hospital and Administrative Appointments:
Johns Hopkins University Medical Center; Baltimore, MD (current)
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital; Baltimore, MD (current)

Representative Publications:

Boynton, L., Bentley, J.A., Strachan, E., Barbato, A., & Raskind, M. (2009). Preliminary findings concerning the use of prazosin for the treatment of posttraumatic nightmares in a refugee population. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 15(6), 454-459. DOI:10.1097/01.pra.0000364287.63210.92

Boynton, L., Bentley, J.A., Jackson, C, & Gibbs, T.A. (2010). The role of state and stigma in the mental health of Somalis. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 16(4), 265-268. DOI:10.1097/01.pra.0000386914.85182.78

Bentley, J.A., Thoburn, J.W., Stewart, D.G. & Boynton, L.D. (2011). The indirect effect of somatic complaints on report of posttraumatic psychological symptomatology among Somali refugees. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24(4), 479-482. DOI: 10.1002/jts.20651

Thoburn, J.W., Bentley, J.A., Ahmad, Z.S. & Jones, K.C. (2012). International disaster psychology ethics: A social justice model imbedded in a systems paradigm. Traumatology, 18(4), 79-85. DOI: 10.1177/1534765612444880

Bentley, J.A., Thoburn, J.W., Stewart, D.G., & Boynton, L.D. (2012). Post-migration stress as a moderator between traumatic life events and self-reported mental health symptoms of Somali refugees. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 17(5), 452-469. DOI:10.1080/15325024.2012.665008

Current Address:

Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
5601 Loch Raven Blvd. / POB 406
Baltimore, MD 21239

Phone: 443/444-4700
Fax: 443/444-4770


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