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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.


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.

Testing the Longitudinal Structure and Change in Sluggish Cognitive Tempo and Inattentive Behaviors From Early Through Middle Childhood. Dvorsky, MR; Becker, SP; Tamm, L; Willoughby, MT. Assessment. 2021; 28:380-394.

ADHD in COVID-19: Risk, Resilience, and the Rapid Transition to Telehealth. Breaux, R; Dvorsky, MR; Becker, SP. ADHD Report. 2021; 29:1-12.

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.

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.

Preschool Neuropsychological Predictors of School-aged Sluggish Cognitive Tempo and Inattentive Behaviors. Becker, SP; Dvorsky, MR; Tamm, L; Willoughby, MT. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 2021; 49:197-210.

Opportunities and Challenges for Understanding and Treating Heterogeneity in Adolescents With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Becker, SP. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2021; 68:227-228.

Psychometric Properties and Normative Information on the Child and Adolescent Behavior Inventory with Ratings for Spanish Children from Parents and Teachers. Burns, GL; Servera, M; Becker, SP. Psicothema. 2021; 33:139-145.