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Dr. Sara Bender

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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

Office: Online Only

Courses Typically Taught at CWU

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

Research Interests 

  • Chronic Mental Illness
  • Impact of Clinical Expectations on Recovery
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Cybersupervision
  • Online learning
  • Gender Identity

Research In Progress

  • Distance-based Clinical Supervision: A quantitative review of the impact of mode of clinical supervision delivery on supervisee self-efficacy.
  • Understanding Cybersupervision: A phenomenological Study.

Selected Presentations

  • Bender, S. & Schepman, S. (January, 2013). Perceived Effectiveness of Clinical Supervision as Affected by Delivery Modality: A Quantitative Study – Denver, CO.
  • Bender, S. (December, 2011). Mental Health Professionals: Career Possibilities and Practicalities – Edmonds, WA.
  • Bender, S. & Schoeld, S. (November, 2009). Students in Mental Health Crisis: A Practical Guide to Detection and Response -- Mt. Vernon, WA.
  • Bender, S. (April, 2009). Mental Health Assessment – Part II -- Everett, WA.
  • Bender, S. (February, 2009). Mental Health Assessment - Part I– Everett, WA.