Psychology

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
E-mail: benders@cwu.edu

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:  

  • Impact of Clinical Expectations on Recovery
  • The Provision of Clinical Services to Members of Underserved Populations
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Cybersupervision
  • Online learning

Selected Works:

  • Bender, S. (Contracted). Cybersupervision: Conducting clinical supervision in an online environment. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bender, S. (Under Review). The preparation of graduate counseling students to effectively serve transgendered clients: An exploratory study. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling.
  • Bender, S., Rubel, D., & Dykeman, C. (Under Review). Understanding the experience of cybersupervision from the supervisee’s perspective: A phenomenological study. The Clinical Supervisor.
  • Bender, S. & Hill, K. (2015, August). Acknowledgment of Sexual Identity as a Predictor of Mental Health Functioning. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Toronto, Canada.
  • Bender, S. & Hill, K. (2015, April). Social Factors of Gender and Sexuality. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in Boise, ID.
  • Bender, S. & Pereira, L. C. (2015, May). An Examination of Pre-service Counselors’ Preparation to Effectively Serve Clients Whom Identify as Transgender. Poster presented at the annual convention for the Association of Psychological Science in New York City, NY.
  • Hill, K.. & Bender, S. (2015, February). Social Factors Related to the Disclosure of a STI Diagnosis: A case for increased dialogue and education. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Hill, K.. & Bender, S. (2015, April). Medical Diagnoses as a Discerning Factor in Sexual Attraction. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association.
  • Lavoie, J., Pereira, L. C., Bender, S. (2014, November). Neighborhood-level factors of organization and perceived safety predict emotional and behavioral problems in childhood.   Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in New Orleans, LA.
  • Pereira, L. C., Lavoie, J., & Bender, S. (2014, August). Examining the impact of type and severity of difficulties on access to youth mental health care. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC.
  • Bender, S. & Pereira, L.C. (2014, April). Access to mental health care and support: An exploration of social determinants of health. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association in Portland, OR.
  • Hill, K., & Bender, S. (2014, April). Perceived health history as a motivating factor in sexual attraction. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association in Portland, OR.
  • Pereira, L.C. & Bender, S. (2014, April). Parity among mental health disorders: Exploring differences in diagnoses for internalizing and externalizing disorders in children and adolescents. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association in Portland, OR.
  • Bender, S. & Schepman, S. (2013, April). Perceived Effectiveness of Clinical Supervision as Affected by Delivery Modality:  A Quantitative Study. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in Denver, Colorado.