Sara J. Becker Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research), Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

Dr. Becker is a clinical researcher and licensed clinical psychologist dedicated to improving the quality and utilization of behavioral treatments for adolescents with substance use disorders. She currently has academic affiliations as an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health and in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School. 

Dr. Becker received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2009 from Duke University. She completed her residency at Harvard Medical School's McLean Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addictions Studies. Prior to her graduate work, Dr. Becker worked as a strategy consultant with Boston Consulting Group and Mapi Values, where she helped companies with organizational change initiatives and gained exposure to direct to consumer marketing principles.

Building upon her multi-disciplinary training, Dr. Becker studies both dissemination and implementation strategies to increase the utilization of evidence-based therapy models.  She is currently the Principal Investigator of two NIDA-funded projects: an R34 testing a technology-assisted intervention for parents of adolescents in residential treatment and a K23 award studying whether direct-to-consumer marketing strategies can increase the demand for evidence-based therapy for adolescent substance use disorders. She is also the Co-Project Director of the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center, a SAMHSA-funded center that provides training and technical assistance support to substance use treatment providers (and allied professionals) across New England. 

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