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 learned marketing principles to optimize demand for healthcare products. Building upon her multi-disciplinary training, Dr. Becker studies strategies to increase the demand for evidence-based therapy models in community settings.  She is currently the Principal Investigator of a NIDA-funded K23 award studying whether direct-to-consumer marketing can increase the demand for evidence-based therapy for adolescent substance use disorders. She is also the Evaluation Director of the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center, which is dedicated to improving the quality of addictions' treatment in the New England region. 

Brown Affiliations