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Paul R. Benson, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

Clinical Psychologist


VA Maryland Health Care System Perry Point Medical Center

Phone (Primary):

(410) 642-2411

Phone (Secondary):

(667) 203-3081

Education and Training



1988                       Ph.D. – Clinical Psychology

                                Catholic University of America


1987-1988              Clinical Psychology Internship

                                Baltimore Area VA Internship Consortium


1985                       M.A. – Clinical Psychology

                                Catholic University of America


1976                        B.A. – Sociology

                                 College of Wooster


I have worked in the field of addiction treatment for most of my career, providing direct clinical services, program management and supervision of staff and trainees.  Prior to coming to Perry Point full time, I was the program manager over the Addiction Treatment Program at the Baltimore VA.  I currently provide consultation to the residential treatment programs at Perry Point and facilitating the continuum of care for addiction treatment at the Perry Point campus.

I have supervised psychology interns, psychiatry residents and psychiatry addiction fellows through the VA.  I have a major interest in third wave psychotherapies, particularly Acceptance and Committment Therapy, and other mindfulness/acceptance approaches to mental health - and in life generally.  I am a Buddhist practitioner in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Mindfulness Meditation; Addiction Treatment; Interpersonal Process Group Therapy