Skip Navigation
Search Menu
Find a Doctor


Photo of Dr. Jacob Bentley

Jacob Alan Bentley, Ph.D.


Appointment Phone


Main Location

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

Out-of-State & International Patients +
Out of State Patients

Call 410-464-6641 (8a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

Learn more about our out-of-state patient services »

International Patients

Call +1-410-502-7683 (7a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

Learn more about our international patient services »


MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

Appointment Phone: 443-444-4714

5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239 map
Phone: 443-444-4729

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-614-4030

600 N. Wolfe Street
Meyer Building 1-130
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-502-5357
Fax: 443-769-1243


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

Research Interests

International rehabilitation medicine program development; Depression; Influence of cross-cultural factors on health outcomes; Neuropsychology; Mental health; Post-traumatic stress; Emotional trauma; Physical trauma; Post-trauma psychological and social adjustment


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. more

    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2012)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Bentley’s research focuses on factors that impact psychological and social adjustment following physical and emotional trauma.

    He also investigates cross-cultural factors that influence health outcomes, as well as the development of rehabilitation medicine programs in international contexts.

    Dr. Bentley strives to conduct research that directly informs clinical practice and program development.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    The indirect effect of somatic complaints on report of posttraumatic psychological symptomatology among Somali refugees.
    Bentley JA, Thoburn JW, Stewart DG, Boynton LD.
    J Trauma Stress. 2011 Aug;24(4):479-82. doi: 10.1002/jts.20651. Epub 2011 Jul 13

    Introducing spirituality, religion and culture curricula in the psychiatry residency programme.
    Kozak L, Boynton L, Bentley J, Bezy E.
    Med Humanit. 2010 Jun;36(1):48-51. doi: 10.1136/jmh.2010.004267.

    The role of stigma and state in the mental health of Somalis.
    Boynton L, Bentley J, Jackson JC, Gibbs TA.
    J Psychiatr Pract. 2010 Jul;16(4):265-8. doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000386914.85182.78.

    Images in psychiatry. Hargeisa Group Hospital psychiatric ward.
    Boynton L, Bentley J, Hussein N, Jackson JC.
    Am J Psychiatry. 2010 Jul;167(7):762. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2010.10030299.

    Preliminary findings concerning the use of prazosin for the treatment of posttraumatic nightmares in a refugee population.
    Boynton L, Bentley J, Strachan E, Barbato A, Raskind M.
    J Psychiatr Pract. 2009 Nov;15(6):454-9. doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000364287.63210.92.

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +
  • Videos & Media +
Is This You? Edit Profile