Meet the Site Producers


Charles C. “Chip” Benight, Ph.D:

As the founder of BlueSun, Inc. and the Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Benight sets the scientific direction for the company. Dr. Benight joined University of Colorado at Colorado Springs from University of Miami where he completed his postdoctoral training in behavioral medicine. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University with an emphasis in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine in June 1992. He earned his Masters Degree in Counseling in 1986 and his Bachelors in Business Management from the Arizona State University in 1983. Dr. Benight founded and is the director of the Trauma, Health, and Hazards Center at UCCS.

Dr. Benight's primary area of research interest is in the human adaptation from trauma. Over the past 14 years, he has focused research on recovery from natural disasters, man-made disasters, motor vehicle accident trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and bereavement. He has been funded through the National Institute for Mental Health and the National Science Foundation. He is a reviewer for several primary journals in health and trauma psychology and served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. He has published extensively in the top peer reviewed journals in the field of traumatic stress.

Josef I. Ruzek, Ph.D:

Josef is Director of Dissemination and Training Division for the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder He is an editor of the text Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Trauma, a writer for the Iraq War Clinician Guide, and co-chair of the Early Intervention special interest group of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Josef was an initial developer of the My Trauma Recovery website.