Adjustment to Chronic Illness, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Cognitive Testing, Disorders of Executive Function, Disorders of Social Cognition, Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation, Neuropsychology, Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, Pain Management, Psychologist, Rehabilitation Psychology, Spinal Cord Injury, Transverse Myelitis, Traumatic Brain Injury
Post-trauma psychological and social adjustment; Physical trauma; Emotional trauma; Post-traumatic stress; Mental health; Neuropsychology; Depression; Influence of cross-cultural factors on health outcomes; International rehabilitation medicine program development
Dr. Jacob A. Bentley is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Bentley is a rehabilitation psychologist who evaluates and works to help people manage the depression, anxiety, pain and secondary complications that can occur after an illness or injury.
He specializes in treating patients with chronic pain or other chronic medical issues. These include spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, amputations and similar degrees of physical trauma; conditions such as multiple sclerosis and transverse myelitis; and disorders of executive function and social cognition.
Treatment – both inpatient and outpatient – aims to help patients adjust to neurologic or orthopedic disabilities, enhance their coping skills, maximize function by reducing pain-related stress and increase their levels of independent functioning.
In addition to his clinical responsibilities at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Bentley serves as the attending psychologist on an inpatient orthopedic unit at Baltimore’s MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.
Dr. Bentley holds a B.A. in psychology from Lee University. He earned both a doctoral and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Seattle Pacific University. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at Tampa’s James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins – both in rehabilitation psychology. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2012.
Dr. Bentley’s research interests include factors that impact psychological and social adjustment following physical and emotional trauma; cultural factors that can influence health outcomes; and international rehabilitation medicine programs.
He has served as a manuscript reviewer for a number of scientific journals.