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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.


In-person victimization, cyber victimization, and polyvictimization in relation to internalizing symptoms and self-esteem in adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Fogleman, ND; McQuade, JD; Mehari, KR; Becker, SP. Child: Care, Health and Development. 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.

Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale (BDEFS): Validation in a Large Multisite College Sample. Kamradt, JM; Nikolas, MA; Burns, GL; Garner, AA; Jarrett, MA; Luebbe, AM; Becker, SP. Assessment. 2021; 28:964-976.

Validity of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo in Turkish Children and Adolescents. Basay, Ö; Çiftçi, E; Becker, SP; Burns, GL. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 2021; 52:191-199.

Field of daydreams? Integrating mind wandering in the study of sluggish cognitive tempo and ADHD. Becker, SP; Barkley, RA. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry advances. 2021; 1.

Convergent and Discriminant Validity of the Child and Adolescent Behavior Inventory Scale Scores With Well-Established Psychopathology and Academic Achievement Measures in Adolescents With ADHD. Burns, GL; Becker, SP. Assessment. 2021.

Initial Examination of the Bidirectional Associations between Sluggish Cognitive Tempo and Internalizing Symptoms in Children. Becker, SP; Webb, KL; Dvorsky, MR. Journal of clinical child psychology. 2021; 50:258-266.

Sluggish Cognitive Tempo and ADHD Symptoms in a Nationally Representative Sample of U.S. Children: Differentiation Using Categorical and Dimensional Approaches. Burns, GL; Becker, SP. Journal of clinical child psychology. 2021; 50:267-280.