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Bruce G. Bender

Dr. Bruce G. Bender, is a pediatric neuropsychologist who researches health behavior and programs to improve the health of patients living in rural areas or on tribal lands. 

Special Interests

Implementation Research
Native American Health
Child Psychology and Neuropsychology
Chronic Illness and Health Behavior



1973 - 1977
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, PhD, Psychology


1977 - 1979
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, Child Development and Developmental Pathology

Awards & Recognition

Lifetime Achievement Award, Behavioral Science Assembly, American Thoracic Society
Lifetime Achievement Award, Klinefelter & Associates

Editorial Boards:
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
The Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology-In Practice

Professional Memberships

American Thoracic Society
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Fellow
American Psychological Association
International Neuropsychological Society


Cvietusa PJ, Goodrich GK, Steiner JF, Shoup JA, King DK, Ritzwoller DP, Shetterly SM, and Bender BG. Transition to virtual asthma care during the COVID-19 pandemic: An observational study. Journal of  Allergy and Clinical Immunology-In Practice 2022;10(6):1569-1576.

Bender BG, Oppenheimer J, George M, Brown R, Patel A, Hill T, Boe A, Herrera EM, Dotiwala Z, Casciano J, and Bernstein JA.  Assessment of real-world escalation to biologics in US patients with asthma. Journal of  Allergy and Clinical Immunology- In Practice 2022; 10(11):2941-2948.
Gerald LB, Simmons B, Lowe AA, Liu AH, Nez P, Begay E,  and Bender BG. COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation: Experiences of Diné Families of Children with Asthma. J Asthma 2022 May 13:1-9.
Cvietusa, PJ, Goodrich, GK, King, DK, Shoup, JA, and Bender BG. Effect of an asthma exacerbation on medication adherence. Journal of  Allergy and Clinical Immunology-In Practice, Jan 2023;11(1):248-254.
Bender BG, Cvietusa, PJ, Goodrich, GK, King, DK, and Shoup, JA. Adapting adaptive design methods to accelerate adoption of a digital asthma management intervention. Translational Behavioral Medicine, In press.

Academic Affiliations

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Conflicts of Interest

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