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Psychology

College of the Sciences

Sara Bender

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Director, Online Psychology Program


Ph.D., Counseling Education, Oregon State University
M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of West Alabama
B.A., Psychology, Western Washington University

Office: Online Only
E-mail: benders@cwu.edu


Courses typically taught at CWU:

  • PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 200 - Intro to the Major
  • PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 313 - Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 346 - Social Psychology
  • PSY 465 - Psychology and the Law
  • PSY 489 - Senior Assessment

General areas of interest: Clinical expectations as related to the process of recovery, the efficacy of online learning, counseling, cybersupervision, disparities in the provision of mental health treatment, and social determinants of mental health

Selected works:

  • Bender, S., Stokes, A., & Gaspaire, S. (2018). Implications of the coverage of the DSM-5 in textbooks on learning and teaching of psychology within higher education. Psychology Teaching Review, 24(1), 53-58. 
  • Richards, J., Dykeman, C., & Bender, S. (2017). Content, methodology, and design selections in counselor education dissertations. Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy, 4, 1-18. doi.org/10.1080/2326716X.2017.1402392.
  • Stauffer, M., & Bender, S. (2017). Ethical and legal considerations in counseling. In D. Capuzzi & D. Gross (Eds.). Introduction to the counseling profession (pp. 73-93). New York, NY: Routledge. 
  • Richards, J., Dykeman, C., & Bender, S. (2016). Historical trends in counselor education dissertations. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 44, 550-561. doi: 10.1080/03069885.2016.1213373
  •  Bender, S., & Dykeman, C. (2016).  Perceptions of the usefulness of clinical supervision: Synchronous online vs. traditional face-to-face delivery. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 34, 326-337. doi: 10.1080/15228835.2016.1250026.

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