Clinical Professors

Clinical Professors, Benjamin T. Griffeth, MD at the School of Health Research, Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Benjamin T. Griffeth, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Clemson University School of Health Research

Vice Chair of Psychiatry for Academics
Prisma Health–Upstate 

Contact: 864-455-8431 or

Who is Dr. Griffeth?

Benjamin Griffeth is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the Prisma Health–Upstate Department of Psychiatry. He grew up in South Carolina, where he completed medical school at University of South Carolina in Columbia. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Virginia Roanoke/Salem Program. Following residency, he was commissioned in the United States Navy. He served in Operation Noble Eagle in Manhattan in 2001, Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011. He is currently the specialty leader for psychiatry in the United States Navy Reserve. Dr, Griffeth returned to Greenville after eight years as associate program director of the Carilion Clinic Psychiatry Residency in Roanoke, Virginia. 

For more information, see his Curriculum Vitae.

How Dr. Griffeth’s research is transforming health care

One aspect of Dr. Griffeth’s research has focused on improving assessment of medical students to prepare them to be successful as doctors. By improving the assessment of students, they can better understand their strengths and weaknesses leading to better focus in their education and career decision-making. 

More recently, he has joined a collaborative group on psychiatric clerkship directors in developing a nationally normed process for assuring medical students pursuing a career in psychiatry can be more successful. He and the group are developing a mental status exam assessment tool to meet the American Association of Medical College’s standard for exportable professional activities. 

Most importantly, Dr. Griffeth is transforming health care through assessment and teaching of psychiatric evaluation and treatment of patients in the emergency room. This research will lead to better outcomes for patients and reduced patient burden in the Prisma Health–Upstate emergency rooms and lead one of the major goals for becoming an Accountable Care Organization.  

Key Health Research Interest Areas

Military Psychiatry, Graduate Education in Psychiatry, Post-Graduate Education in Psychiatry