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Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Center for ADHD

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Biography & Affiliation


Stephen P. Becker, PhD, is an associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology's Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Becker completed his graduate training in clinical psychology at Miami University and his pre-doctoral psychology internship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Becker's research focuses on the social and academic impairments of children and adolescents with ADHD, with a particular interest in how co-occurring difficulties such as sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) symptoms, sleep problems, and anxiety/depression impact the functioning of youth with ADHD. He is also interested in school-based interventions for treating ADHD and related difficulties.

Dr. Becker has authored or co-authored over 100 publications on ADHD and related topics and serves on the editorial/advisory boards of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Attention Disorders, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Adolescent Research Review, and The ADHD Report.

Research Interests

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Clinical Psychology, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD

Blog Posts

Becker Named ‘Rising Star’ by Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Mind Brain Behavior

Becker Named ‘Rising Star’ by Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Stephen P. Becker, PhD10/30/2020

Cincinnati Children’s Launches 6 COVID-19 Research Projects

Infectious Diseases and Vaccines

Cincinnati Children’s Launches 6 COVID-19 Research Projects

Stephen P. Becker, PhD, Ming Tan, PhD ...5/26/2020


BM: Taylor University, Upland, IN, 2004.

MA: Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, 2008.

MA: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2010.

PhD: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2014.

Internship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2013-2014.


Too Connected to Being Connected? Adolescents' Social Media Emotional Investment Moderates the Association between Cybervictimization and Internalizing Symptoms. Marsh, NP; Fogleman, ND; Langberg, JM; Becker, SP. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 2021.

Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Symptoms, But Not ADHD or Internalizing Symptoms, Are Uniquely Related to Self-Reported Mind-Wandering in Adolescents With ADHD. Fredrick, JW; Becker, SP. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2021; 25:1605-1611.

Presenting problem profiles for adolescents with ADHD: differences by sex, age, race, and family adversity. Coxe, S; Sibley, MH; Becker, SP. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2021; 26:228-237.

Prospective impact of COVID-19 on mental health functioning in adolescents with and without ADHD: protective role of emotion regulation abilities. Breaux, R; Dvorsky, MR; Marsh, NP; Green, CD; Cash, AR; Shroff, DM; Buchen, N; Langberg, JM; Becker, SP. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines. 2021; 62:1132-1139.

Prospective examination of adolescent sleep patterns and behaviors before and during COVID-19. Becker, SP; Dvorsky, MR; Breaux, R; Cusick, CN; Taylor, KP; Langberg, JM. Sleep. 2021; 44.

Reliability, Factor Validity, and Neuropsychological Correlates of the Child Concentration Inventory-2 in a Community Sample of Italian Adolescents. Somma, A; Becker, SP; Leitner, C; Fossati, A. Assessment. 2021.

Examining the Structural and External Validity of the Adult Concentration Inventory for Assessing Sluggish Cognitive Tempo in Adults. Fredrick, JW; Burns, GL; Langberg, JM; Becker, SP. Assessment. 2021.

Low School Support Exacerbates the Association between Peer Difficulties and Sluggish Cognitive Tempo in Adolescents. Fredrick, JW; Becker, SP; Langberg, JM. Journal of clinical child psychology. 2021; 1-15.

Internal and External Validity of Self-Report and Parent-Report Measures of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo in South Korean Adolescents. Jung, S; Lee, S; Burns, GL; Becker, SP. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 2021; 43:355-366.

Systematic Review: Assessment of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Over the Past Decade. Becker, SP. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2021; 60:690-709.