Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


Dr. Becker is a clinical researcher and licensed clinical psychologist dedicated to improving the quality and utilization of behavioral treatments for individuals with substance use disorders. She currently has academic affiliations as an Associate 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 treatment models.  She is currently Multiple Principal Investigator (MPIs Becker and Garner) of a 5-year NIDA-funded R01 project evaluating strategies to implement motivational incentives, an evidence-based behavioral treatment, in 30 opioid treatment centers throughout New England. Dr. Becker is also MPI (with Kuo and Sibeko) of a 5-year NIAAA-funded P01 project testing a train-the-trainer strategy to cascade Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment targeting risky alcohol use throughout HIV service organizations in South Africa. She previously led a NIDA-funded Early Career Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Award (K23) studying whether direct-to-consumer marketing strategies could increase the demand for evidence-based therapy for adolescent substance use disorders, and a NIDA-funded treatment development project (R34) testing a technology-assisted intervention for parents of adolescents in residential treatment. 

Dr. Becker also serves as the Project Director/PI of the SAMHSA-funded New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center and was formerly Multiple Project Director/MPI (MPIs Becker, Kuo, and Stein) of the SAMHSA and PEPFAR funded South Africa Addiction Technology Transfer Centre. Combined, these two federally funded centers provide training and technical assistance support to over 3,000 front-line addiction treatment providers per year. 

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