Professor Carolyn Becker is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the implementation of scientifically supported interventions in clinical and real world settings. Her primary areas of research include body image, eating disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Becker teaches a range of courses related to clinical psychology and regularly involves Trinity psychology students as research collaborators. Over the past decade, 26 undergraduate research assistants have earned co-authorship on at least one publication. In 2012, Becker was awarded the Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship for excellence in teaching and advising. In 2017, she was named a Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation for superior teaching at the college level.
Becker has been conducting research with female athletes since 2007, and her research on the prevention of eating disorders with female athletes has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She is considered a leader in the implementation of peer-led prevention programs, and she and her undergraduate students pioneered a blended task-shifting/train-the-trainers approach to scaling the Body Project. This approach to delivery of the Body Project has been used by over 250 universities in North America, as well as numerous non-profit partner organizations around the globe. Becker is currently partnering with students and Dr. Keesha Middlemass (Howard University, Department of Political Science) in a new line of research investigating psychopathology in individuals with food insecurity.
Ph.D., Rutgers University
M.S., Rutgers University
B.A., Swarthmore College
Becker, C. B., Middlemass, K. M., Gomez, F.**, & Martinez-Abrego, A.** (in press). Eating Disorder Pathology Among Individuals Living with Food Insecurity: A Replication Study. Clinical Psychological Science.
Zayfert, C., & Becker, C. B. (in press). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD: A Case Formulation Approach (2nd Edition). New York: The Guilford Press.
Chapa, D., Hagan, K., Forbush, K., Perko, V., Sorokina, D., Alasmar, A., Becker, C. B. et al. (2018). The athletes’ relationship with training scale (ART): A self-report measure of unhealthy training behaviors associated with eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 51, 1080-1089. doi: 10.1002/eat.22960
Becker, C. B., Middlemass, K., Johnson, C.**, Taylor, B.**, Gomez, F.**, Sutherland, A.** (2018). Traumatic event exposure associated with increased food insecurity and eating disorder pathology. Public Health Nutrition, 21, 3058-3066.
Becker, C. B., Middlemass, K., Taylor, B.**, Johnson, C.**, & Gomez, F.** (2017). Food insecurity and eating disorder pathology. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 50, 1031-1040. doi:10.1002/eat.22735