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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Jacquelyn Benson, PhD

Jacquelyn Benson

Assistant Professor, State Specialist for HES Extension
403 Gentry Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-4399
Vita (PDF)


PhD, University of Missouri, 2013; MA, University of Missouri, 2008; BS, University of Missouri, 2004; BES, University of Missouri, 2004.

Research Interests

  • Aging families
  • Intimate relationships in later life
  • Family caregiving at end-of-life
  • Solo-living in later life
  • Intervention research

As a family gerontologist, Dr. Benson's program of research has a translation focus aimed at enhancing the lives of older adults and their families. Dr. Benson studies the reciprocal associations between older adults' close relationships and their well-being, and translates this research-based knowledge into interventions, programs, and other strategies for healthy aging. She is specifically interested in examining intimate relationships in later life and the family caregiving experience. Based on life course framework and family systems perspectives, she attributes healthy aging to interactions between individual development, social relationships, and environments.

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