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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.


ADHD in Adolescents: Commentary on the Special Issue of Ripple Effects in Self-Perceptions and Social Relationships. Becker, SP. Canadian Journal of School Psychology. 2020; 35:311-322.

Disentangling the effects of attentional difficulties on fears of social evaluation and social anxiety symptoms: Unique interactions with sluggish cognitive tempo. Fredrick, JW; Becker, SP; Kofler, MJ; Jarrett, MA; Burns, GL; Luebbe, AM. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2020; 131:39-46.

Remote Learning During COVID-19: Examining School Practices, Service Continuation, and Difficulties for Adolescents With and Without Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Becker, SP; Breaux, R; Cusick, CN; Dvorsky, MR; Marsh, NP; Sciberras, E; Langberg, JM. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020; 67:769-777.

Assessing Sluggish Cognitive Tempo and ADHD Inattention in Elementary Students: Empirical Differentiation, Invariance Across Sex and Grade, and Measurement Precision. Becker, SP; Mossing, KW; Zoromski, AK; Vaughn, AJ; Epstein, JN; Tamm, L; Burns, GL. Psychological Assessment. 2020; 32:1047-1056.

Sluggish cognitive tempo and processing speed in adolescents with ADHD: do findings vary based on informant and task?. Becker, SP; Marsh, NP; Holdaway, AS; Tamm, L. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: official journal of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2020; 29:1371-1384.

Impact of sleep restriction on affective functioning in adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Becker, SP; Tamm, L; Epstein, JN; Beebe, DW. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines. 2020; 61:1160-1168.

Variability in Positive and Negative Affect Among Adolescents with and without ADHD: Differential Associations with Functional Outcomes. Breaux, R; Langberg, JM; Swanson, CS; Eadeh, H; Becker, SP. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2020; 274:500-507.

ADHD and sleep: recent advances and future directions. Becker, SP. Current Opinion in Psychology. 2020; 34:50-56.

Sluggish Cognitive Tempo and Behavioral Difficulties in Children with ADHD: Associations with Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms. Stoppelbein, L; McRae, E; Smith, S; Becker, S; Fite, P; Luebbe, A; Greening, L. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 2020; 51:609-616.

Are Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, ADHD, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder Trait- or State-Like Constructs from Prekindergarten to Fourth Grade?. Burns, GL; Becker, SP; Geiser, C; Leopold, DR; Willcutt, EG. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 2020; 49:460-468.