Lorraine Benuto

Associate Professor


Lorraine T. Benuto is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of clinical psychology. She received her doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2009 and completed an internship at the Veteran's Administration in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While Dr. Benuto's research is broadly focused on ethnic minority behavioral health, much of the work that she does is focused on interpersonal violence, trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress disorder. She is currently director of the DICE Center; and of three clinical service programs: La Cliníca VIVA, THRIVE, and SIERRA Families. The programs are focused on providing behavioral health services to Spanish-speaking Latinx community members, victims of interpersonal violence, and children who are at risk of abuse (respectively). Dr. Benuto is accepting applications for matriculation in 2020.


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 ethnic minorities. This includes identifying barriers to services, examining the efficacy of behavioral health interventions with ethnic minority clients, and researching the best means to train clinicians to be culturally competent practitioners. Much of the work that Dr. Benuto does is focused on trauma. Thus, the DICE Center also examines risk factors in the development of behavioral health issues in the aftermath of trauma from interpersonal violence. We also examined treatment outcomes for interventions targeted at Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 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 through La Cliníca VIVA, THRIVE, and SIERRA Families. The programs are focused on providing behavioral health services to Spanish-speaking Latinx community members, victims of interpersonal violence, and children who are at risk of abuse (respectively).


  • 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

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:

  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Latinx behavioral health
  • Cultural competency and sensitivity
  • Implementation science
  • Delivery of evidence-based treatments to cultural minorities
  • Dissemination of evidence-based treatments to cultural minorities
  • Psychological assessment and evaluation


  • O'Donohue, W. & Benuto, L. (Accepted).Treatment Acceptability and Cultural Sensitivity of Standard Behavioral Therapies among Latinx and non-Latinx White College Students. International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy, (19)3.
  • Benuto, L.,O'Donohue, W., Bennett, N., & Casas, J. (2019). Treatment Outcomes for Latinos and Non-Hispanic White Victims of Crime: An Effectiveness Study. Hispanic Journal of the Behavioral Sciences.
  • Benuto, L.T., Gonzalez, F., Reinosa Segovia, F., & Duckworth, M. (2019). Mental Health Literacy, Stigma, & Behavioral Health Service Use: The Case of Latinx and non-Latinx Whites. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. DOI: 10.1007/s40615-019-00614-8
  • Cummings, C., Singer, J., Moody, S., & Benuto, L.T.(Accepted). Coping and Work-Related Stress Reactions in Protective Services Workers. The British Journal of Social Work.
  • Benuto, L. & Bennett, N. (2019). Written exposure therapy: The case for Latinos. Clinical Case Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/1534650119834359
  • Benuto, L.T., Singer, J., Gonzalez, F., Newlands, R., & Hooft, S. (2019). Supporting those who Provide Support. Work-related resources and Secondary Traumatic Stress among Victim Advocates. Safety & Health at Work. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shaw.2019.04.001
  • *Casas, J., Benuto, L.T., & Newlands, R. (2019). The educational experiences of DACA recipients, Journal of Latinos and Education. DOI. 10.1080/15348431.2019.1568250
  • Singer, J., Cummings, Moody, S., & Benuto, L.(2019). Reducing burnout, vicarious trauma, and secondary traumatic stress through investigating purpose in life in social workers. Journal of Social Work. DOI: 10.1177/1468017319853057
  • Singer, J., Cummings, C., Boekankamp, D., Hisaka, R., & Benuto, L.(2019). Compassion Satisfaction, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout: A Replication Study with Victim Advocates. Journal of Social Service Research.https://doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2018.1561595
  • Benuto, L.,Singer, J., Newlands, R., & Casas, J. (2019). Training Culturally Competent Psychologists-Where are we and where do we need to go? Training and Education in Professional Psychology, doi:10.1037/tep0000190