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Matthew Benson
M.S. Student, MFT


B.S. Political Science, Brigham Young University, 2019

Research interests
• Sexuality in couples
• Sexual development
• LGBTQ+ youth
Benson, M. R., & Topham, D. (2018, Dec.) Benefits of a Lactation Nation: an Analysis of the Effect of Breastfeeding Laws on Health and Employment. Poster session presented at the Political Science Student Poster Conference, Provo, UT.

Fun Facts
Favorite books/movies?
Harry Potter
The Good Place
Parks and Recreation

Childhood jobs?
Lemonade stand in 4th grade
Dairy Queen in 11th grade

Childhood dog, a schnoodle (schnauzer and poodle mix), named Scooter
Current dog, a shih tzu, named Professor

If you could study any random thing other than HDFS/MFT, what would it be?
I would learn about all my favorite historical figures and actors from all my favorite TV shows! And Harry Potter, I would constantly reread Harry Potter and win all the Harry Potter trivia contests.

What advice would you offer to someone thinking about graduate school?
I think the more that you know yourself, the more successful you will be. Be sure you know what you want from a graduate program so you can tell your fit. Then, in the graduate program, you can know how to handle your stress and organize your life to give yourself the best self-care.