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Jacob Bentley

Jacob​ Bentley​

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology; Director of Practicum

Email: bentley@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2627
Office: Marston 135


Education: BA, Lee University, 2003; MA, Seattle Pacific University, 2007; PhD, Seattle Pacific University, 2011. At SPU since 2015.

Dr. Jacob Bentley completed his graduate education at SPU and pre-doctoral clinical internship at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida. He went to Johns Hopkins in 2011 for post-doctoral specialty training in rehabilitation psychology, and transitioned into a faculty position there in 2012.

Dr. Bentley is a board-certified rehabilitation psychologist as recognized by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). His current research scholarship is in the areas of chronic disease self-management and international considerations in medical rehabilitation. He maintains an associate appointment in the School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Bentley, his wife, daughter, and two dogs live in Seattle, where they enjoy art, music, and hiking. In his spare time, he also enjoys photography and baseball.


​Selected publications

Bentley, J.A., Ahmad, Z.S. & Thoburn, J.W. (2014). Religiosity and posttraumatic stress in a sample of East African refugees. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, DOI:10.1080/13674676.2013.784899

Bentley, J.A., Thoburn, J.W., Stewart, D.G., & Boynton, L.D. (2012). Post-migration stress as a moderator between traumatic life events and self-reported mental health symptoms of Somali refugees. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 17(5), 452–469. DOI:10.1080/15325024.2012.665008

Bentley, J.A., Thoburn, J.W., Stewart, D.G. & Boynton, L.D. (2011). The indirect effect of somatic complaints on report of posttraumatic psychological symptomatology among Somali refugees. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24(4), 479–482. DOI: 10.1002/jts.20651

Please view Jacob Bentley’s CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Why I Teach at SPU

Jacob Bentley, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology ​

“I teach at SPU because the Clinical Psychology doctoral program fully embraces the integration of research-based best clinical practices in the training of emerging scientist-practitioners in the field. As a faculty member, I find it an inspiration to teach in a clinical psychology program that reflects SPU’s broader institutional focus on helping students develop competencies essential for service to underserved and marginalized populations of people.”