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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


Clinical Psychology, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD

Blog Posts

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.


Multigroup Multilevel Structure of the Child and Parent Versions of the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) in Adolescents With and Without ADHD. Eadeh, H; Breaux, R; Langberg, JM; Nikolas, MA; Becker, SP. Psychological Assessment. 2020; 32:374-382.

Sluggish cognitive tempo and ADHD symptoms in relation to task-unrelated thought: Examining unique links with mind-wandering and rumination. Fredrick, JW; Kofler, MJ; Jarrett, MA; Burns, GL; Luebbe, AM; Garner, AA; Harmon, SL; Becker, SP. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2020; 123:95-101.

ADHD Treatment and Long-Term Academic Outcomes: Response to Arnold and Colleagues. Langberg, JM; Becker, SP. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2020; 24:819-820.

Sluggish Cognitive Tempo in Adolescents with and without ADHD: Differentiation from Adolescent-Reported ADHD Inattention and Unique Associations with Internalizing Domains. Becker, SP; Burns, GL; Smith, ZR; Langberg, JM. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 2020; 48:391-406.

Prevalence, Patterns, and Predictors of Sleep Problems and Daytime Sleepiness in Young Adolescents With ADHD. Langberg, JM; Molitor, SJ; Oddo, LE; Eadeh, H; Dvorsky, MR; Becker, SP. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2020; 24:509-523.

Evening circadian preference is associated with sleep problems and daytime sleepiness in adolescents with ADHD. Becker, SP; Kapadia, DK; Fershtman, CE M; Sciberras, E. Journal of Sleep Research. 2020; 29.

Academic Motivation Deficits in Adolescents with ADHD and Associations with Academic Functioning. Smith, ZR; Langberg, JM; Cusick, CN; Green, CD; Becker, SP. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 2020; 48:237-249.

Sluggish cognitive tempo and positive valence systems: Unique relations with greater reward valuation but less willingness to work. Swope, AK; Fredrick, JW; Becker, SP; Burns, GL; Garner, AA; Jarrett, MA; Kofler, MJ; Luebbe, AM. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2020; 261:131-138.

A test of the interpersonal theory of suicide in college students. Becker, SP; Foster, JA; Luebbe, AM. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2020; 260:73-76.

Psychometric properties of a sluggish cognitive tempo scale in Japanese adults with and without ADHD. Takeda, T; Burns, GL; Jiang, Y; Becker, SP; McBurnett, K. ADHD: Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders. 2019; 11:353-362.