Benjamin Edwin Burgess received his Psychology Bachelor's in Science from Spring Hill College in Spring 2013. He matriculated at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Fall 2015. There, he worked under Dr. Sylvie Mrug on a longitudinal research project with adult CF patients recruited from the UAB Hospital and clinics as well as Children's of Alabama. The aim of the project is to observe the impact of spiritual coping on health and health behaviors in patients with CF. In Fall 2018, he completed his master's thesis, titled 'Religiosity and Spirituality as Predictors of Substance Use in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis' using data from the ongoing spiritual coping project. He is currently working on his doctoral dissertation, which aims to evaluate the influence of health locus of control and social support on treatment adherence in CF patients.