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David Bennett

David Bennett, PhD


Department: Psychiatry

Practices: The Caring Together Program


  • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Indiana University, Bloomington
  • BA in Psychology - University at Albany

David Bennett, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is the psychologist for the Grow Clinic at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where he also directs the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program.


Dr. Bennett does research in the field of child/adolescent psychology and in the adjustment to chronic health conditions among both children and adults. After his PhD, he completed a pediatric and clinical child psychology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Children's Seashore House.

In the Media

“Screen time for kids under 2 linked to sensory differences in toddlerhood: Study”
Good Morning America (January 08, 2024)
Also appeared in KPVI-TV,,, New York Post, WGN-TV, Newsweek, PsyPost, HealthDay

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Announces Recent CURE Grant Recipients
(August 14, 2023)

Early screen exposure associated with increased ASD-like symptoms
Healio Infectious Diseases in Children (May 14, 2020)

More Screen Time for Babies Tied to Autism-Like Symptoms
Neurology Advisor (May 5, 2020)

Increased exposure to electronic devices harms child growth
Business Daily (May 5, 2020)

Autism-like Symptoms Related to Babies' Screen and Parent Time
Mediblurb (May 5, 2020)

Screen Time for Tiniest Tots Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms
HealthDay (April 20, 2020)

Less screen time, more play may reduce autism-like symptoms as kids age
UPI (April 20, 2020)

Screen Time for Tiniest Tots Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms
U.S. News & World Report (April 20, 2020)

Screen Time Autism Study on WTVH-TV (CBS, Syracuse, New York)
WTVH-TV (CBS, Syracuse, New York) (April 20, 2020)

Gender nonconforming behavior in early childhood predicts depressive symptoms in adolescence
PsyPost (October 30, 2019)


"The development of an adherence measure for pediatric failure to thrive/faltering growth"
David, J.G., Kiely, J.R., Kersten, H.B., & Bennett, D.S.
Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 10, 362–371. DOI: 10.1037/cpp0000466 (2022)

"Screen time reduction and focus on social engagement in ASD: A Pilot Study"
Heffler, K.F., Frome, L.R., Garvin, B., Bungert, L., & Bennett, D.S.
Pediatrics International, 64, e15343. DOI: 10.1111/ped.15343 (2022)

"Stigma and Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) among women"
Chou, J.L., Patton, R., Cooper-Sadlo, S., Swan, C., Bennett, D. S., McDowell, D., Zaarur, A., & Schindler, B.
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 20, 3262–3273. DOI: 10.1007/s11469-022-00768-3 (2022)

"Family support and medication for opioid use treatment among women: A mixed methods study"
Chou, J.L., Herbert, D., Bennett, D.S., Patton, R., Dilks-Webb, K., Zaarur, A., & Schindler, B.
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/1533256X. 2022.2109271 (2022)

"Supporting people receiving substance use treatment during COVID-19 through a professional-moderated online peer support group"
Liang, O.S., Yang, C., Glenney, A., Pointer, R.E., Irving, S., Schindler, B., & Bennett, D.
In Companion Proceedings of the Web Conference 2022 (WWW ’22 Companion). DOI: 10.1145/3487553.3524698 (2022)

"Identifying self-management support needs for pregnant women with opioid misuse in online health communities: mixed-method analysis of online posts"
Liang O, Chen Y, Bennett D and Yang C
Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23. e18296. (2021)

"Optimism versus pessimism as predictors of physical health: A comprehensive reanalysis of dispositional optimism research"
Scheier MF, Swanson JD, Barlow MA, Greenhouse JB and Tindle HA for the Optimism/Pessimism Meta-Analytic Consortium (Abatemarco D, Abdou C, ... Bennett D, ... Yi-Frazier J and Ylöstalo P)
American Psychologist (2021)

"Perinatal depressive symptoms, HIV suppression, and the underlying role of ART adherence: Prospective evidence from IMPAACT P1025 Cohort"
Momplaisir F, Hussein M, Brady K, Agwu A, Kacanek D, Scott G, Tuomala R and Bennett DS
Clinical Infectious Diseases, 73, 1379-1387. (2021)

"Prenatal drug exposure and executive function in early adolescence"
Karpova N, Zhang D, Beckwith M, Bennett DS and Lewis M
Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 88, 107036. (2021)

"Attitudes toward harm reduction among substance use treatment providers in Philadelphia"
Javadi R, Lagana K, Krowicki T, Bennett DS and Schindler B
Journal of Substance Use. (In Press)

"The effect of administering a boundary course to third year medical students during their Psychiatry Clerkship"
Kunaparaju S, Hidalgo M, Bennett DS & Sedky K
Academic Psychiatry, 42, 371-375 (2018)

"Narcolepsy with or without cataplexy in the pediatric population: A systematic review"
Nazir R, Bennett DS & Sedky K
Journal of Sleep and Sleep Disorder Research, 2574-4518, 1-13 (2018)

"Obstructive sleep apnea in individuals with Down Syndrome: A meta-analytic literature review"
Ridore S, Debbarma S, Nazir R, Bennett DS & Sedky K
Journal of Sleep and Sleep Disorder Research, 2574-4518, 1-15 (2017)

"Racial inequities in HIV prevalence and composition of risk networks among people who inject drugs in HPTN 037"
Momplaisir F, Hussein M, Tobin-Fiore D, Smith L, Bennett D, Latkin C & Metzger DS
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 76, 394-401 (2017)

"Shame among people living with HIV: A literature review"
Bennett DS, Traub K, Mace L, Juarascio A & O’Hayer CV
AIDS Care, 28, 87-91 (2016)

"HIV-related stigma, shame, and avoidant coping: Risk factors for internalizing symptoms among youth with HIV?"
Bennett DS, Hersh J, Herres J & Foster J
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 47, 657-664 (2016)

* This physician's clinical practice is independent of Drexel University.