Mary M. Benbenek, PhD, MS, APRN, FNP, PNP

Clinical Professor, Child Family Health Cooperative

Mary M. Benbenek

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-5236

Fax 612-626-6606

Office Address:
6-119B Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Clinical Professor, Child Family Health Cooperative

Family Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator, School of Nursing

PhD, University of Minnesota (Nursing), 2010

MS, University of Minnesota (Nursing), 1994

BA, College of St. Catherine's (Nursing), 1980


Dr. Benbenek, PhD, MS, APRN, FNP, PNP is a Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota where she coordinates the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Her clinical scholarship focuses on the key areas of: advanced practice nursing education, family-centered primary health care, global health and health promotion in underserved populations. Dr. Benbenek has earned national recognition as a clinical scholar in the area of nurse practitioner education and academic practice partnerships. Dr. Benbenek’s leadership, innovation and recognition as a teacher are evident in the family nurse practitioner specialty area of study in the School of Nursing doctorate of nursing practice program.

Awards & Recognition

University of Minnesota

  • 2018-2019 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning mentor program
  • 2018 LEADS program University of Minnesota
  • 2013 Recipient Minnesota Association of Colleges of Nursing Outstanding Educator Award
  • 2013 Recipient University of Minnesota School of Nursing E. Louise Grant Award
  • 2013 Recipient University of Minnesota School of Nursing Alumni Award for Excellent Teaching
  • 2012 Recipient Daisy Award, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
  • 2010 Recipient Public Service Award, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
  • 2009 Recipient Distinguished Alumni Award University of Minnesota School of Nursing Summit of the Sages
  • 2007 Theresa V. James Award for doctoral education, Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research

External Sources

  • 2005 Teacher Appreciation Award, University of Minnesota
  • 2004 Third District Nurses Advanced Practice Nurse Award
  • 1984 Recipient Mended Hearts Scholarship
  • 1994 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • 1994 Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society

Professional Associations


Research Summary/Interests

Immigrant health; Adolescent health; Bone health.


Benbenek, M., Dierich, M., Wyman, J., Avery, M., Juve, C., & Miller, J. (2016). Development and implementation of a capstone objective structured clinical examination in nurse practitioner and nurse-midwifery programs. Nurse Educator, 41(6), 288-293.

Benbenek, M. & Garwick, A. (2012). Enablers and barriers to dietary factors contributing to bone health among early adolescent Somali girls living in Minnesota. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 17(3), 205-214. Doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2012.00334.x

Pfeiffer, J., Avery, M., Benbenek, M., et al. (2008). Maternal care during disasters: Thinking outside the hospital paradigm. Nursing Clinics of North America, 43(3), 449-467.

Bata-Jones, B. & Benbenek, M.M. (2003). Problem-based learning in a family nurse practitioner curriculum. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Monogram.


Teaching Areas

Primary care; Pharmacology; Pediatrics; Health Assessment


Board Certifications


FNP, Family Nurse Practitioner, 1995

PNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 1993