University of Wisconsin–Madison

Glenis Benson, PhD

Glenis obtained her PhD from this Educational Psychology department in Human Development.  She currently lectures at UW Madison (Educational Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education), as well as at UW Oshkosh (Educational Foundations).  Glenis teaches the Capstone course in the final year of the MSPE program.

Glenis focused on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) throughout her graduate program and her career.  She has a private consultation/personnel preparation practice based in Madison.  Within ASDs she is intrigued by the expressive and receptive language deficits that all too often go unrecognized, which then are manifested as challenging behaviors.  Glenis presents nationally and internationally on ASDs and challenging behaviors.

Selected Publications:

Short-Meyerson, K. & Benson, G.  (2014).  Intellectual disability and communication. In L. Cummings (Ed.), Handbook of communication disorders (pp.109-124).  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Abbeduto, L., Short-Meyerson, K., Benson, G., & Dolish, J.  (2004).  Relation between theory of mind and language ability in children and adolescents with mental retardation.  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 48 (2), 150-159.

Benson, G., Abbeduto, L., Short, K., Bibler Nuccio, J., & Maas, F.  (1993).  Development of a theory of mind in persons with mental retardation.  American Journal on Mental Retardation, 98, 427-433.