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Kimberly D. Becker

Kimberly D. Becker Ph.D.

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Psychiatry
Location: 737 W. Lombard Street, 463
Phone: 410-706-5774
Fax: 410-706- 6220

Personal History:

Dr. Becker received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the College of William & Mary. She then completed her Doctorate in Psychology at the University of Arizona, a Respecialization Certificate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hawaii, and postdoctoral fellowships at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Becker joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2012. Dr. Becker is licensed to practice as a psychologist in the State of Maryland.

Research Interests:

Dr. Becker's clinical experience and research have focused on improving the effectiveness of evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions for children and adolescents through innovations in provider training and clinical decision-making. Through this work, Dr. Becker has collaborated with therapists, teachers, and paraprofessionals to increase youth and family participation in services and enhance service quality across a variety of settings.


Becker, K. D., Smith, A., Nakamura, B., & Chorpita, B. (2012). Content and diagnostic specificity of fear hierarchy items of youth with anxiety disorders. Journal of Clinical Psychology Practice, 3, 28-42.

Becker, E., Becker, K. D., & Ginsburg, G. (2012). Modular cognitive behavioral therapy for youth with anxiety disorders: A closer look at the use of specific modules and their relation to treatment response. School Mental Health. 10.1007/s12310-012-9080-2

Barth, R., Lee, B., Lindsey, M., Collins, K., Strieder, F., Chorpita, B., Becker, K. D., & Sparks, J. (2012). Evidence-based practice at a crossroads: The timely emergence of common elements and common factors. Research on Social Work Practice, 22, 108-119.

Becker, K. D., & Domitrovich, C. (2011). The conceptualization, integration, and support of evidence-based interventions in the schools. School Psychology Review, 40, 582-589.

Becker, K. D., & Stirman, S. W. (2011). The science of training in evidence-based practices in the context of implementation programs: Status of the field and prospects for the future. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 38, 217-222.

Becker, K.D., & Ginsburg, G. S. (2011). Maternal anxiety, behaviors, and expectations during behavioral tasks: Relation to childrenâ?Ts self-appraisals. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 42, 320-333.

Becker, K.D., Chorpita, B.F., & Daleiden, E. (2011). Improvement in symptoms versus functioning: How do our best treatments measure up? Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 38, 440-458.

Ginsburg, G., Becker, K. D., Drazdowski, T., & Tein, J. Y. (2011). Treating anxiety disorders in inner city schools: Results from a pilot randomized controlled trial comparing CBT and usual care. Child and Youth Care Forum. DOI 10.1007/s10566-011-9156-4

Chorpita, B. F., Daleiden, E. L., Ebesutani, C., Young, J., Becker, K.D., Nakamura, B. J., et al. (2011). Evidence based treatments for children and adolescents: An updated review of efficacy and clinical effectiveness. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 18, 154-172.

Becker, K. D., Stuewig, J., & McCloskey, L. A. (2010). Traumatic stress symptoms of women exposed to different forms of intimate partner violence and childhood victimization. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25, 1699-1715.

Becker, K.D., Ginsburg, G. S., Domingues, J., & Tein, J. Y. (2010). Maternal control behavior and locus of control: Examining mechanisms in the relation between maternal anxiety disorders and anxiety symptomatology in children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38, 533-543.

Chorpita, B. F., Reise, S., Weisz, J. R., Grubbs, K., Becker, K.D., Krull, J., & Research Network on Youth Mental Health. (2010). Evaluation of the brief problem checklist: Child and caregiver interviews to measure clinical progress. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 526-536.

Becker, K. D., Nakamura, B. J., Young, J., & Chorpita, B. F. (2009). What better place than here, what better time than now? Advancing the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices. The Behavior Therapist, 32, 89-96.

Becker, K. D., Mathis, G., Mueller, C., Issari, K., & Atta, S. (2008). Community-based treatment outcomes for parents and children exposed to family violence. Journal of Emotional Abuse, 8, 187-204.

Chorpita, B. F., Becker, K. D., & Daleiden, E. (2007). Understanding the common elements of evidence based practice: Misconceptions and clinical examples. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, 647-652.

Becker, K. D., & McCloskey, L. (2002). Attention and conduct problems in children exposed to family violence. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 72, 83-91.

Becker, K. D., Stuewig, J., Herrera, V., & McCloskey, L. (2004). A study of firesetting and animal cruelty in children: Family influences and adolescent outcomes. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43, 905-912.