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Dr Sarah Benson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Biography

Dr Sarah Benson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University. She completed her PhD in 2016, where she explored the cognitive and behavioural effects of alcohol and caffeine. Her research portfolio has focused primarily on cognitive impairment and enhancement, alcohol hangover and drug use and functional outcomes. Sarah aims to disentangle the neurocognitive effects of licit and illicit substances, to identify relationships between their behavioural effects and biological properties and reduce dangerous behaviours and harm.

Sarah has been awarded over $2 million in research funding and has published over 25 peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters. She is committed to science communication and has appeared numerous times in television, radio, online and print media. Sarah is also trained in venepuncture and cannulation and serves on the Swinburne ethics committee.

Research interests

Cognitive Psychology; Psychopharmacology; Alcohol; Caffeine; Cognitive Enhancement; Alcohol Hangover

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Cognitive Sciences - 170200
  • Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified - 170199

Awards

  • 2018, International, Seal of Excellence, European Commission
  • 2016, National, Public Safety Business Agency Letter of Commendation, Queensland Police Service
  • 2014, National, Poster Presnetation Award, Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
  • 2012, International, Student Merit Award, Research Society of Alcoholism

Publications

Also published as: Benson, Sarah; Benson, S.; Benson, S. M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: Assessing the efficacy of a natural supplement in reducing hangover symptom severity *; Phoenix Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd
  • 2019: Effects of Hydrosol on alcohol hangover severity *; Innovation Connections
  • 2016: Gift from Red Bull Australia Pty Ltd *; Red Bull
  • 2014: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel trial investigating the neurocognitive effects of a proprietary spearmint extract in healthy older adults *; Kemin Foods LC
  • 2013: A double-blind placebo-controlled trial of Lactium and Zizyphus complex for sleep *; Sanofi Aventis
  • 2012: GSK Green Tea Study *; GlaxoSmithKline Nutritional Healthcare

* Chief Investigator


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