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Dr. Dixie Benshoff

Dr. Dixie Benshoff is a nationally recognized psychologist and teacher who has provided consultation and training for professionals in industry, education, medicine, and non-profit agencies.  She has been a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and is listed in the National Register of Health Services Providers.  She is an Emeritus Diplomat in the International Association of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy, and a former clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 

She was formerly Department Director with Akron General Medical Center and a Department Director with the Cleveland Clinic.  She has retired from her practice providing therapy to children, teens, individuals, young adults, college students, couples, groups, seniors, and families. She is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University, and presents a program she designed on effective parenting skills to participants mandated from the Domestic Relations Court. An engaging speaker she is frequently requested to present on topics such as those listed below.


She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Hiram College, her Master’s Degree and her Ph.D. (Magna Cum Laude) from Kent State University.  Additionally, she did post-graduate work at Case Western Reserve University and attended Cambridge University in Cambridge England.

Dr. Benshoff is the author of many training guides and articles, including “Female Executives: Getting There and Staying There”- a chapter in the textbook entitled, Skills for Effective Human Services Management by Richard L. Edwards and John A. Yankey which is used at Case Western Reserve University.

Her book Increasing Your Personal and Professional Effectiveness: A Manual for Women Who Want to Accomplish More without Changing Who They Are is a well-written, accessible, and practical guide that offers guidelines for dealing with difficult situations. The reader (men as well as women) will learn communication techniques that increase the probability of a favorable outcome, but more importantly allows the reader to leave a potentially conflictual situation feeling at peace with themselves knowing that they have conducted themselves with grace and effectiveness. She is also the author of the children’s book David Was a Pirate ,which is a tribute to teachers and a “go to “book for getting a child ready for school.

Her areas of expertise include ADHD and learning disabilities, parenting skills, depression, empathy, women in management, leadership skills, teaching skills, pain management, increasing personal and professional effectiveness, communication, interviewing skills for the medical professional, couple and family counseling, and gender communication.

Dr. Dixie Benshoff has been nominated for and is the recipient of many awards. In 2019 she was awarded The Hiram College Lifetime Achievement Award.


If you would like Dr. Benshoff to speak to your company, club or organization contact her at

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