Benita holds a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and French studies (with thesis) from the University of Windsor and a Master of Public Health from Wayne State University. She has experience in cancer research and completed a thesis on identifying molecular markers that can predict muscle Invasive bladder cancer. Prior to joining the Center for Urban Studies, Benita worked at the Wayne State School of Medicine, where she worked on two studies; the Family Asthma study and in the Community Engagement Core of the WSU ACHIEVE GREATER Center (Addressing Cardiometabolic Health Inequities by Early Prevention in the Great Lakes Region).
Benita will take the role of research assistant at the Center. She enjoys playing soccer and spending time with family and friends.