Robert Bensley

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Robert Bensley
Co-cordinator, Public Health Programs
(269) 716-2301
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
  • Ph.D., Health Education, University of Utah
  • M.A., Health Education, Central Michigan University
  • B.S., Computer Science, Western Michigan University

Dr. Bensley is a professor of public health and the director of the eHealth Innovations Group at WMU. Over the past 25 years his research interests have focused on using technology modalities as a means for influencing health behavior change. He is the founder of, which has impacted parent-child feeding behavior change in over 4 million WIC clients across 35 states, and the author of the patent-pending Behavioral Intelligence Framework. In addition, Dr. Bensley has served as principal investigator on over 200 externally funded grants and contracts, totaling over $12 million, supporting the development and implementation of technology-based health behavior change programming. Dr. Bensley was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2003 focusing on health promotion activities at the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. Prior to his career in health education, he was employed by IBM, where he served as a systems engineer providing technical assistance and education to educational institutions, hospitals, and local government agencies.