Lorraine T. Benuto, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Lorraine Benuto Main

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2009
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2007
  • B.A., Psychology, Dominican University of California, 2003


Lorraine T. Benuto is an assistant professor of clinical psychology. She received here doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2009. She completed an internship at the Veteran's Administration in San Juan Puerto Rico and from 2009 to 2016  Dr. Benuto was administrative faculty at UNR. She is currently director of the DICE Center; the mission of the DICE Center is threefold and corresponds with the mission the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Benuto is accepting applications for 2019. 


In alignment with UNR's second core theme, the DICE Center acts as a platform to create new knowledge through basic and applied research. The DICE Center aims to answer research questions regarding the behavioral health of minorities. This includes identifying barriers to services, examining the efficacy of behavioral health interventions with minority clients, and researching the best means to train clinicians to be culturally competent practitioners. A secondary focus of the DICE Center involves examining risk factors in the development of behavioral health issues in the aftermath of trauma from interpersonal violence and identifying gold standards for the the treatment of the common sequelae from interpersonal violence. The DICE Center also conducts research on secondary traumatic stress (STS) including research on the prevalence of STS, the associated risk and protective factors, and interventions for frontline health professionals who are experiencing STS.  


UNR's third core theme is to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of Nevada citizens, communities, organizations, and governments through community outreach and reciprocal partnerships. The DICE Center aims to improve the well-being of Latino Nevadans through the delivery of behavioral health services to underserved victims of interpersonal violence.     


Undergraduate Mentorship Program: The DICE Center offers learning experiences for undergraduate students to help make them more competitive applicants to graduate programs and/or for employment opportunities. In addition to learning experiences, graduate students at the DICE Center provide mentorship to undergraduate students.  Clinical Training: In alignment with UNR's first core theme, the DICE Center prepares graduates to compete globally through high-quality clinical training. Specifically, students enrolled in the clinical psychology program can receive training in through the THRIVE Center and La Clinica VIVA both of which offer behavioral health services to victims of interpersonal violence.

Courses Offered:

  • PSY 240 - Introduction to Research Methods
  • PSY 451 - Basic Principles of Psychotherapy
  • PSY 743 - Cultural Diversity
  • PSY 756 - Introduction to Clinical Assessment

Research Interests:

  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Implementation science
  • Delivery of evidence-based treatments to cultural minorities
  • Dissemination of evidence-based treatments to cultural minorities
  • Psychological assessment and evaluation
  • Trauma
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress


  • *Sahawneh, F. & Benuto, L. (Accepted). The Relationship between Instructor Servant Leadership Behaviors and Satisfaction with Instructors in an Online Setting. Online Learning 
  • *Delgado, J. & Benuto, L. (2017). A Qualitative Examination of Factors for Success in a Content-Based ELL Classroom. Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research. International Journal of Learning, Teaching, & Educational Research, 16(8), 18-36.  3.
  • *Shoemaker, F. E. & Benuto, L.T. (2017). Examining the Relationship between Child Maltreatment and Severity of Attachment Difficulties among Children Five Years of Age and Older. Children and Youth Services Review. 
  • O'Donohue, W., Benuto, L. T., & Bennett, N. (2016). Examining the validity of parental alienation syndrome. Journal Of Child Custody: Research, Issues, And Practices, 13(2-3), 113-125. doi:10.1080/15379418.2016.1217758
  • *Cochran, C. & Benuto, L. (2016). Faculty Transitions to Online Instruction: A Qualitative Case Study. The Online Journal of Distance Education and e-Learning
  • Benuto, L. & O'Donohue, W. (2015). Is Culturally Sensitive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy an Empirically Supported Treatment?: The Case for Hispanics International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 15(3). 
  • Benuto, L. & O'Donohue, W. (2015). Treatment of the Sexually Abused Child: Review and Synthesis of Recent Meta-Analyses. Children and Youth Services Review. 
  • Benuto, L. & Bennett, N. (2015). Using Prolonged Exposure Therapy to Treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in a Latina Female with a Complex Trauma History. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 15(1). 
  • *Weske, J. & Benuto, L. (2015). Share Price Changes and Price/Earnings Ratios as Predictors of Fraud Prior to a Fraud Announcement, Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal
  • O'Donohue, W., Carlson, G. Benuto, L., & Bennett, N.  (2014). Examining the Scientific Validity of Rape Trauma Syndrome, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2014.918067
  • O'Donohue, W., Benuto, L., & Cirlugea, O. (2014). Analyzing Child Sexual Abuse Allegations: Further Considerations: Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice. 14(2).
  • *Manyara, S., & Benuto, L. (2014). Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards Improves Access to Equity Capital in Australia. Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal (AAFSJ), 18(2), 51-67. 
  • O'Donohue, W., Benuto, L. et al. (2013). Childrens' Allegations of Sexual Abuse: What is unusual and what is not? Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice
  • O'Donohue, W., Benuto, L., & Cirlugea, O. (2013). Childrens' Allegations of Sexual Abuse Model for Forensic Assessment: Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice. 13(4), 296-314.
  • O'Donohue, W., & Benuto, L. (2012). Problems with Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome. Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice. 9(1), 20.
  • Haboush, A., Warren, C.S., & Benuto, L. (2011). Beauty, ethnicity, and age: Does thin-ideal internalization influence attitudes towards older adults? Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. 66(9-10), 668 - 676. 
  • Benuto, L., Olmo-Terasa, A., & Reyes-Rabanillo, M. (2011). Exploring the Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of a Spanish Translation of the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale. The International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment, 9(1).
  • O'Donohue, W., Benuto, L. & Fanetti, M. (2010). Childrens' Allegations of Sexual Abuse: A Model for Forensic Assessment.  Psychological Injury & Law, 3(2), 148-154. 
  • O'Donohue, W., & Benuto, L., (2010). The many problems with cultural sensitivity. Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, 7(2), 34-37.   
  • Benuto, L., & Meana, M. (2008). Acculturation & sexuality: Investigating gender differences in erotic plasticity. Journal of Sex Research, 45(3), 217-224. 
  • Benuto, L., Jones-Forrester, S., & Haboush, A. (2008). Gender & ethnic differences in body dissatisfaction and compensatory efforts, The New School Psychology Bulletin, 5, 19-25.