Graduate School
Wayne State University Medical School, Detroit, Michigan, 1998
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 1998-2002
McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas, 2004-2007

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

Incarcerated Youth, Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV/AIDS

Research Interests

Sexual and reproductive health among high-risk adolescent populations; Human Papillomavirus; Maternal to child transmission of HIV


Publication Information

Refereed Original Articles in Journals
  • Contreras, G., Bell, C., Del Bianco, G., Perez, N., Benjamins, L.J., Kleinosky, M., Rodriguez, G., Murphy, J. Heresi, G: Incidence and predictors of antiretroviral resistance in perinatally HIV-1 infected children and adolescents.” Journal of Infection. December, 2015. In Press, PMID:26711193
  • Degaffe, G., Zakhour, R., Zhang, W., Contreras, G., Bell, C., Rodriguez, G., Del Bianco, G., Perez, N., Benjamins, L.J., Murphy, J., Heresi, G., Tran, D.: Foxp3+ regulatory T-cells and helios+ subset in perinatally acquired HIV. Clinical and Experimental Immunology. April, 2015 PMID:25425428PMID:25425428
  • Cheung, K., Montgomery, D., Benjamins, L.J.: Prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among adolescents entering Child Protective Services. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Published online 2014 September 28. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2014.09.011; PMID:26094906 2015 October; 28(5): 324–326. PMCID: PMC4478275
  • Beyda, R.M., Benjamins, L.J., Symanski, E., Eissa, M.: Azithromycin efficacy in the treatment of C. trachomatis among detained youth. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. October, 2014: 41(10): 592-594. PMID:25211253
  • Del Bianco, G., Bell, C.S., Benjamins, L.J., Perez, N., Rodriguez, G., Murphy, J.M., Heresi, G.P.: Persistently high perinatal transmission of HIV – assessment of risk factors. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. June, 2014: 33(6): e151-157. PMID:24836756
  • Grimes, R.M., Benjamins, L.J., Williams, K.: Counseling about the HPV vaccine: Desexualize, educate and advocate. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. August, 2013: 26 (4): 243-248. PMID:24049807
  • Benjamins, L.J., Gourishankar, A., Yataco-Marquez, V., DeYbarrondo, L.: Honey pacifier use among an indigent pediatric population. PEDIATRICS. June, 2013: 131 (6): e1838-e1841. PMID:23650307
  • Risser, W.L., Risser, J., Benjamins, L.J.: Pelvic inflammatory disease in adolescents between the time of testing and treatment and after treatment for gonorrheal and chlamydial infection. International Journal of STD & AIDS; July, 2012: 23: 457-458. PMID:22843996
  • Benjamins, L.J., Barratt, M.S.: Practice guideline: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. September/October, 2009: 23(5): 337-343. PMID:19720270
  • Benjamins, L.J.: Practice guideline: Evaluation and management of abnormal vaginal bleeding in adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. May/June, 2009: 23(3): 189-193. PMID:19401253
  • Benjamins, L.J.: Genital trauma in pediatric and adolescent females. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. April, 2009: 22: 129-133. PMID:19350747
  • Howard, B. H., Shegog, R., Ph.D., Grussendorf, J., Benjamins, L.J., Stelzig, D, McAlister, A.L.: Development, implementation, and evaluation of a Web-based violence-prevention program in a time of war. Journal of Peace Research. September, 2007: 44(5): 559-571.
  • Risser, W.L., Risser, J.M., Benjamins, L.J., Feldmann, J.M.: Incidence of Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome in adolescents who have pelvic inflammatory disease. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. August, 2007: 20(3): 179-180. PMID:17561186
  • Benjamins, L.J., Risser, W.L., Cromwell, P.F., Feldmann, J.M., Bortot, A.T., Eissa, M.A., Nguyen, A.B.: Body art among minority high school athletes: Prevalence, interest and satisfaction; parental knowledge and consent. Journal of Adolescent Health. December, 2006; 39(6): 933-935. PMID:17116531
  • Risser, W.L., Bortot, A.T., Benjamins, L.J., Feldmann J.M., Barratt, M.S., Eissa, M.A., Risser, J.M.H.: The epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections in adolescents. Seminars in Pediatric Infectious Disease. July, 2005. PMID:16044389