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Lindsay Benster, B.A.

Pronouns: Lindsay

Doctoral Student

SDSU / UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
Experimental Psychopathology

San Diego

Areas of Research

Intervention studies for severe and treatment resistant mental illness, particularly through examining various forms of neurostimulation. Additionally, identifying neurophysiological biomarkers for treatment efficacy.


Lindsay is a graduate student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at SDSU and UC San Diego. She received a BA in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of San Diego in 2017. Following graduation, she worked for 2 years as a research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD under Dr. Neal Swerdlow. She then worked in a cognitive neuroscience lab at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Charles Nelson.


Greg Appelbaum, Ph.D., UC San Diego


  1. B.A. Behavioral Neuroscience
    University of San Diego
  1. Lochhead, L.D., Stolz, L.A., Benster, L.L. (Pending 2023). “Transcranial magnetic stimulation.” In: Kirby ED, Glenn MJ, Sandstrom NJ, Williams CL, eds. Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience, 1e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.
  2. Benster, L.L., Weissman, C.R., Daskalakis, Z.J. (2022) Suicidal Ideation and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Links and Knowledge. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 15:3793-3807.
  3. Bhakta, S., Cavanagh, J., Talledo, J., Kotz, J., Benster, L., et al. (2022). EEG reveals that dextroamphetamine improves cognitive control through multiple processes in healthy participants. Neuropsychopharmacology, 47:1029-1036.
  4. Swerdlow, N.R., Bhakta, S., Talledo, J., Benster, L., et al. (2021). Auditory discrimination and frequency modulation learning in schizophrenia patients: Amphetamine dose response and time course. Psychological Medicine, 1-9.
  5. Benster, L.L., Swerdlow, N.R. (2020) Pathways to empathy in mental health care providers. Advances in Health and Behavior 3(1):125-136.
  6. Swerdlow, N.R., Bhakta, S.G., Talledo, J., Benster, L.L., Kotz, J., Lavadia, M.L. (2019) Lessons learned by giving amphetamine to antipsychotic-medicated schizophrenia patients. Neuropsychopharmacology 44(13):2277-2284.