Dr Sarah Benson
- Faculty of Health, Arts & Design
- School of Health Sciences
- Centre for Human Psychopharmacology
- ATC 1009 Hawthorn campus
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.
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.
Available to supervise honours students.
Fields of Research
- Cognitive Sciences - 170200
- Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified - 170199
- 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
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
- 2020-02-18: Nootropics: The ultimate brain food? - The House of Wellness
- 2019-12-17: Hangovers, explained. (Plus the real reason they’re worse when you’re older.) - RACV RoyalAuto
- 2019-12-06: BAC explained: Everything you need to know - RACV RoyalAuto
- 2019-08-31: Does a Hangover Reduce Concentration? - Labmate
- 2019-08-06: Hangovers Found to Negatively Affect Brain Function and Memory - Bel Marra Health
- 2019-08-06: Hangovers impact cognitive performance, study shows - earth.com
- 2019-08-01: How hangovers reduce brain function - Medical Express
- 2019-03-26: Here is how hangovers impact your health long-term - The Versed
- 2019-02-08: Do hangovers affects gut health? Here's what the research shows - Bustle
- 2019-01-01: Hair of the dog: Can drinking alcohol cure your hangover? - Healthline
- 2018-12-27: Avoiding a hangover - Superpharmacy
- 2018-10-27: Why do my hangovers really feel worse as I grow old? - Rondal News
- 2018-10-21: Why do my hangovers feel worse as I get older? - ABC
- 2018-09-24: Do hangovers get worse as we age? - The Sydney Morning Herald
- 2018-09-06: Humans 2.0 - Inspiring Australia
- 2018-08-13: Say 'no' to nootropics? Expert advises extreme caution and extensive research - NutraIngredients-Asia
- 2018-07-23: 'Smart drugs': Humans turning to nootropics to help them concentrate and work longer hours - news.com.au
- 2018-07-17: Is beer good or bad for your gut health? - MSN
- 2018-07-09: Will we ever find a 'cure' for hangovers? - Healthline
- 2018-06-04: What's the deal with those care/of personalized vitamins? - Women's Health