Elizabeth Benninger is a postdoctoral scholar at the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health. She completed her M.A. in Psychology with a specialization in Community Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, and her doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Trained as a community, clinical, and social psychologist, her research contributions are focused on promoting individual and community health and wellness through innovative and collaborative research designs and approaches. Within this focus, her research specifically addresses health inequities connected to community needs. Her research efforts are inclusive of diverse populations, including children, women, people of color, and low-income populations.
In addition to her role as a researcher, Dr. Benninger has been involved in a number of community health initiatives. This includes providing psychoeducational groups in the school and after-school sector, teacher and youth-care worker training related to child mental health, spearheading a coalition for children who live and work on the street, providing entrepreneurial support for youth in Cleveland’s high schools, and developing an after-school health promoting surfing program led by community youth. She additionally serves as a board member of Food Strong, a Cleveland based non-profit organization with a mission to empower and strengthen communities around food.