Steve Benton Ph.D.

Senior Research Officer
Expert, Research

Steve leads a research team that designs and conducts reliability and validity studies for IDEA products. He writes reports and journal articles, edits the longstanding series of IDEA Papers, and occasionally conducts training seminars about IDEA products. Steve weighs in as The IDEA Center’s ultimate commuter, traveling frequently from Florida back to Kansas. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and American Educational Research Association, as well as an Emeritus Professor of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs at Kansas State University. He serves on the editorial boards of Contemporary Educational Psychology, and Educational Psychology Review. Steve earned his PhD in psychological and cultural studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1983. During his career, his research interests have included cognitive processes involved in writing and learning from text, academic studying, college-student alcohol abuse prevention, and student ratings of instruction. A recognized author of multiple publications and papers, Steve served K-State for more than 25 years as both professor and department chair. With his wife, Sherry, they have a son and daughter who live with their families in Colorado. Steve and Sherry share in the joy of four grandchildren. In addition to spending time with family and friends, they enjoy riding bicycles and kayaking.



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