Reba Benschoter Interviews and Transcripts

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Abstract/Description: Reba Benschoter Ph.D. directed the UNMC Biomechanical Communications department from 1970-2000 and was an associate dean of the School of Allied Health Professions from 1985 to 1995. Benschoter helped innovate a two way closed circuit T.V project, which would keep a patient in twenty four hour contact with their medical official from the safety of their own home. In 1973, Benschoter helped design and teach the biomedical communications internship program, offering 12 months’ worth of courses to produce professional personal with the skills required to organize, plan, establish, and administer programs of biomedical communications within schools of health professionals, teaching hospitals, national organizations of health interest, and government agencies at all levels.

Reba Benschoter’s interview focuses on the establishment of distance education with two-way closed-circuit television and films at Nebraska Psychiatric Institute during the 1960s. She details how Cecil Wittson first got interested in audio-visual technology while serving in the Navy. She discusses the estimated forty films produced for the project. She also discusses a six year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to explore distance teaching and patient treatment at Norfolk State Hospital (1964-1970).
Subject(s): Nebraska Psychiatric Institute
Benschoter, Reba