Andrew Benesh, PhD

Andrew BeneshEducation

  • BS, Psychology, Georgia College & State University
  • MA, Family Therapy, Mercer University
  • PhD, Family Therapy, Florida State University
  • Graduate Certificate, Measurement & Statistics, Florida State University

Research Interest

Dr. Benesh’s research focuses on families involved in the child welfare system. His work includes projects using secondary data sets to develop algorithms to identify youth in need of additional services, the development and evaluation of foster parent training programs, and exploring how relational factors can influence youth outcomes. Dr. Benesh’s other research interests include; the effects of psychosocial neglect on developmental outcomes, program evaluation, non-traditional and community-based interventions for children and adolescents, and interventions to promote resiliency in high-need and at-risk youth.

Selected Publications

  • McWey, L., & Benesh, A. S. (2020). Interventions to Maximize the Effectiveness of Foster Care. In K. Wampler, R. B. Miller, R. B. Seedall, L. McWey, A. Blow, M. Rastogi, & R. Singh (Eds), Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Benesh, A. S., & Cui, M. (2017). Foster parent training programmes for foster youth: a content review. Child and Family Social Work, 22(1), 548-599. doi: 10.1037/a45d7867
  • McWey, L., Benesh, A. S., & Wojciak, A. S. (2015). Families with Children in Foster Care: Clinical Considerations and Interventions. In S. Browning & K. Pasley (Eds), Contemporary Families: Translating Research Into Practice (pp. 70{87). New York, NY: Routledge.


  • Stinson, M., Stinson, A. M., Benesh, A. S., & Templeton, G. B. 2019-2020. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Chronic Pain Treatment, Mercer University. $3,900.

Professional Involvement

  • Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (GAMFT)
  • Southeastern Conference on Family Relations (SECFR)

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