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Stephen P. Becker, PhD

  • Pediatric Psychologist, Director of Research, Division of Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology
  • Center for ADHD
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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.


Longitudinal Association of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo with Depression in Adolescents and the Possible Role of Peer Victimization. Fredrick, JW; Langberg, JM; Becker, SP. 2022; 50:809-822.

Selected Abstracts From the 2019 APSARD Annual Meeting. Spaulding, SL; Fruitman, K; Rapoport, E; Soled, D; Adesman, A. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2022; 26:1159-1164.

Coping with COVID-19: Longitudinal Impact of the Pandemic on Adjustment and Links with Coping for Adolescents with and without ADHD. Dvorsky, MR; Breaux, R; Cusick, CN; Fredrick, JW; Green, C; Steinberg, A; Langberg, JM; Sciberras, E; Becker, SP. 2022; 50:605-619.

COVID-19 Resulted in Lower Grades for Male High School Students and Students With ADHD. Breaux, R; Dunn, NC; Langberg, JM; Cusick, CN; Dvorsky, MR; Becker, SP. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2022; 26:1011-1017.

Impact of a Behavioral Sleep Intervention in Adolescents With ADHD: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Effectiveness From a Pilot Open Trial. Becker, SP; Duraccio, KM; Sidol, CA; Fershtman, CE M; Byars, KC; Harvey, AG. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2022; 26:1051-1066.

"My mom calls it Annaland ": A Qualitative Study of Phenomenology, Daily Life Impacts, and Treatment Considerations of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo. Becker, SP; Fredrick, JW; Foster, JA; Yeaman, KM; Epstein, JN; Froehlich, TE; Mitchell, JT. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2022; 26:915-931.

Psychometric properties of the children's emotion management scales within a psychiatric sample. Ogbaselase, FA; Scelsa, VL; Stoppelbein, L; Becker, SP; Fite, PJ; Greening, L; Luebbe, AM. Psychological Assessment. 2022.

Associations Between Anxiety and Home Learning Difficulties in Children and Adolescents with ADHD During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Jackson, A; Melvin, GA; Mulraney, M; Becker, SP; Bellgrove, MA; Quach, J; Hutchinson, D; Westrupp, EM; Montgomery, A; Sciberras, E. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 2022.

Multisource Longitudinal Network and Latent Variable Model Analyses of ADHD Symptoms in Children. Preszler, J; Burns, GL; Becker, SP; Servera, M. Journal of clinical child psychology. 2022; 51:211-218.

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. 2022; 50:363-374.

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