Dr. Stephen H. Benhke

Dr. Stephen H. Behnke received an undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Classics, a JD degree from Yale Law School, a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. In 1996, Dr. Behnke was made chief psychologist of the Day Hospital Unit at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a position he held until 1998 when he was named a faculty fellow in Harvard University’s program in Ethics and the Professions. Dr. Behnke then directed a program in research integrity in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. In November of 2000, he assumed the position of director of ethics at the American Psychological Association which he held until July, 2015. He currently holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School where he instructs psychology trainees in law and ethics. He served as chair, board of directors, of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at the University of Southern California Law School. Dr. Behnke is the lead author of a state-by-state series on mental health law. He consults with religious communities regarding psychological health and spiritual development.