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Dr. Ruth Benca joins UC Irvine Health as chair of psychiatry & human behavior

Dr. Ruth Benca, UC Irvine Health chair of psychiatry & human behavior

Sleep medicine expert Dr. Ruth Benca has joined the School of Medicine as professor and chair of psychiatry & human behavior. In her role, she will lead the department’s academic, research and clinical efforts.

Dr. Benca comes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served as director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research and as the medical director for Wisconsin Sleep, where she treated patients with a broad range of sleep disorders.

Widely published in her field, Dr. Benca is an internationally recognized authority on the relationship between sleep and psychiatric disorders and she has served as principal investigator for a number of basic and clinical research studies, funded by agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. She has served as President of the Sleep Research Society and on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 

One of her objectives at UC Irvine is to build a state-of-the-art academic sleep medicine center, which will pursue research and patient treatments for sleep problems and related neuropsychiatric issues.

“I am excited to be joining the School of Medicine, which has the potential to develop world-class academic and psychiatry services,” she says. “I look forward to working with the outstanding neuroscientists here to build and further translational research opportunities.”

Tom Vasich / UC Irvine Strategic Communications