Robert Bensley

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Robert Bensley
Coordinator, Public Health Program - BS
Mobile: 
(269) 716-2301
Location: 
2414 Health and Human Services Building, Mail Stop 5382
Mailing address: 
School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5382 USA
Education: 
  • Ph.D., Health Education, University of Utah
  • M.A., Health Education, Central Michigan University
  • B.S., Computer Science, Western Michigan University
Bio: 

Dr. Bensley has a Ph.D. in health education from the University of Utah (1993) and is a professor and coordinator of public health, as well as director of the eHealth Innovations Group at Western Michigan University. As a 25-year member of WMU’s faculty, he specializes in health behavior change interventions and teaches the MPH course focusing on health communication and marketing. Dr. Bensley has global experience in South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar, and his research interests include utilizing technology solutions as a means for communicating messages that enhance behavior change. He has numerous years of experience working with populations through grant-funded program development, implementation, evaluation, and research related activities. He is the founder of wichealth.org, the leading Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Internet-based nutrition education and behavior change program in the US, which has impacted over 5 million WIC clients across 35 states and Indian tribal organizations. Dr. Bensley has served as the Project Director and Principal Investigator on over 200 externally funded contracts, totaling over $12 million, most of which support the development and implementation of technology-based behavior change programming associated with child feeding and weight management.