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Sherry Benica

Associate professor




  • Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, American School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC, 2000
  • M.S.N. Pediatric Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania, 1987 B.S.N. Nursing, summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1981


  • Psychological Testing: child and adolescent testing for behavior, attention, learning issues
  • Treatment of anxiety disorders including PTSD
  • Process-Experiential Psychotherapy
  • Clinical supervision

Selected Publications

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN): National Teaching Institute Speaker Proposal Review Panel 1995 AACN: Special Interest Consultant-Management, Region 3 (PA, NJ, DE) 1990-1992 Identified as a nurse expert and participated in "Identification of Priorities 1980/1981 in Critical Care Nursing Research: A Delphi Study"
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. Developed a 5-day Advanced Pediatric Critical Care Course 1988 Conference Consultant to the Recovery Room Nursing Staff: 1986 "Post-Anesthesia Care of the Pediatric Patient." Activities included: writing the proposal, developing timetables, establishing work committees, applying for CEUs, guiding and directing speakers in the preparation and delivery of presentations, including development of audiovisual materials.
  • Benica, S. W., Long, C. B., & Barnsteiner, J.H. (1992). Perceptions and significance of patient deaths for pediatric critical care nurses. Critical Care Nurse.
  • Groh, D. H., Benica, S. W., & DeJong, S. (1983). Neurological disorders. In J. B. Smith (Ed.), Pediatric Critical Care. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Consultant 1981 Member of a clinician team of ICU medical directors and nurse managers evaluating current medical and nursing practice and architectural layout of a pediatric ICU in a major teaching and research institution in San Antonio, Texas. Made recommendations for this Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
  • Dr. Benica is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. A registered nurse by background, Dr. Benica received her undergraduate degree in the biological sciences from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA and her nursing undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. She is a year 2000 graduate from the American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP), Washington, D.C., located in Arlington, VA. She completed her pre doctoral clinical psychology internship at the Washington Behavioral Healthcare Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship, a consortium of an inpatient psychiatric facility and an outpatient mental health clinic in the Washington, D.C. area. Prior to the appointment at ASPP, DC, Dr. Benica worked for five years as the Clinical Director of two very large and busy outpatient mental health clinics in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. For this same agency, she was also the Clinical Psychology Training Director for the pre doctoral clinical psychology internship and externship programs. For the first year following internship Dr. Benica was Acting Director of Psychology and Clinical Training for an inpatient psychiatric facility. Her major interests include psychological and psychoeducational testing of adults and children, clinical training and supervision, process-experiential psychotherapy, and the diagnosis and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. She has significant experience in psychological and psychoeducational testing both for schools, and courts, as well as privately. Dr. Benica maintains a private practice in Rockville, Maryland, servicing children, adolescents, and adults.

Selected Lectures

  • Benica, S. L. (1991, May). Adult respiratory distress syndrome in children (ARDS). Presented at the AACN: National Teaching Institute, Boston, MA.
  • Benica, S. L. (1990, April). Neurological crises. Presented at the Pediatric Critical Care Course, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Staten Island, NY.
  • Benica, S. L. (1989, October). Near drowning in children. Presented at the Pediatric Advanced Clinical Education Program, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA.
  • Benica, S. L. (1986, May). Pediatrics and recovery room: Airway management and other considerations. Presented at the RR-SPU Update '86, Villanova University College of Nursing, Villanova, PA.
  • Benica, S. L. (1985, April). Reye's Syndrome and management of ICP. Presented at the Southeastern PA Chapter of AACN, Philadelphia, PA.