Liris Benjamin, PhD, MPH
Liris Benjamin, PhD, MPH, obtained her Doctorate in Physiology (PhD) from the University of West Indies with a thesis in Neurophysiology entitled, ‘Gender and Gonadal Variations Influence Learning Behavior: Interactions of the Mesolimbic Dopaminergic System.” Additionally, she holds a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and a diploma in Family Medicine from the University of West Indies; and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Guyana.
Dr. Benjamin’s professional experience prior to joining Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) includes being a neurophysiology lecturer at the University of West Indies, and a dean of instruction at the Dominica State College.
An avid researcher, Dr. Benjamin is currently pursuing research topics within the Department of Clinical Foundations at RUSM. Additionally, she has served as chair of the RUSM Institutional Review Board and as a member of the Caribbean Public Health Agency’s Research Ethics committee; has attended and presented at several international medical conferences; and is a member of the Association for Medical Education in Europe, International Association of Medical Science Educators, the Bioethical Society of the English-Speaking Caribbean; and the Dominica Cadet Corp Executive Committee.
- Family Medicine
- Public Health
- University of West Indies, Mona, Jamaica; PhD in Physiology (March 2001)
- University of Guyana; MBBS (MD equivalent) (Oct 1993)
- University of West Indies, Mona, Jamaica; Master in Public Health (2006)
- University of West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, Diploma in Family Medicine (Oct 2014)
- Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica; Master Education Training Program (2008)
- University of Leicester, United Kingdom; Advanced Certificate in Educational Management (Nov 2003)
- University of North Carolina, USA; Certificate in Public Health Leadership (Nov 2004)
- DeVry Healthcare Education and Scientific Conference 2013 Award Winners – Education/Pedagogy – 1st place oral presentation
- Certificate of Appreciation for Service; Dominica Cadet Corp (2007)
- Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)
- International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)
- Bioethical Society of the English-speaking Caribbean (BSEC)
- Ross University School of Medicine
- Research Ethics Committee of the Caribbean Public Health Society (2014-2016)
- Institutional Review Board, Chair. Ross University School of Medicine IRB committee (Dec 2012- 2016)
- Institutional Review Board, Ross University School of Medicine IRB committee (2007- 2016)
- University of West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, West Indies
- Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
- Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
- Benjamin LC, Young LC, Young R. Dopaminergic Lesioning of the Nucleus Accumbens Potentiates Learned Helplessness. Alzheimer’s Disease Review 1999;4:29-31.
- Benjamin LC, YoungLE, YoungRE, Stewart J, Rajabi H, Rodaros D. Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy On Mesolimbic Extracellular Dopamine Following Stress: An In Vivo Microdialysis Study West Indian Medical Journal April 2000.
- Benjamin LC, Young LE, Young RE. Hormonal Variations Influence Learning and Memory. West Indian Medical Journal. April 1997
- Kohn R, Benjamin L, Benjamin G. Dominica, in (D’Avanzo CE, Geissler EM eds.) Pocket Guide to Cultural Health Assessment, 3rd Ed. St. Louis: Mosby pp.240-243; 2003.
- Benjamin G; Benjamin L. Psychiatry in the Eastern Caribbean, in (Hickling F, Sorrel E eds.) Images of Psychiatry in the Caribbean, World Psychiatric Association. Stephenson’s Litho Press 2005. pp 137-152
- Benjamin LC, Mc CawBinns A, Nevins D, Benjamin GC. Barriers to STI Prevention Practices Amongst University Students: Are Condoms Barriers? West Indies Medical Journal 2007; 56 (Suppl 1):36.
- Benjamin L, Cooles P, Martin A, Welke L, Griffin Benjamin. Factors Influencing Neuroscience Grades of Medical Students. Journal of International Association of Medical Science Educators. 2010; 20-2s 217.
- Benjamin L, Cooles P, Benjamin G. How to Nurture Clinical Skills with Basic Sciences. Association for Medical Education in Europe. Abstract book. 2012:229
- Benjamin L, Benjamin G. West Indies Medical Journal. Research Proposal writing Know-How. Caribbean Public Health Agency. 2016: Vol 65 (Suppl 3) CARPHA 2016
- Benjamin L, Benjamin G, Selfridge N. Errors in History and Physical Examination Report Writing. Association for Medical Education in Europe. Abstract book. 2017: 585