Anne Becker, Ph.D., M.D.

Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
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Anne E. Becker is the Maude and Lillian Presley professor of global health and social medicine and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is also vice chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine as well as director of the Social Sciences M.D.-Ph.D. Program at Harvard Medical School. An anthropologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Becker has combined ethnographic, other qualitative, and epidemiologic methods in her research to focus on the impact of social and cultural environment on mental health. She was also the lead investigator of research on the impact of television on the body image of teenage girls in Fiji. Dr. Becker is the author of Body, Self, and Society: The View from Fiji, which probes the cultural mediation of self-agency and body experience. More recently, Dr. Becker's NIMH-funded research has investigated the impact of rapid economic and social transition on eating pathology, suicide, and other youth health risk behaviors in Fiji. Presently, also with NIMH support, she and co-PI Pere Eddy Eustache of Zanmi Lasante are conducting a mental health research capacity building project and novel school-based youth mental health pilot intervention in central Haiti.

 

Anne E. Becker is the Maude and Lillian Presley professor of global health and social medicine and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is also vice chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine as well as director of the Social Sciences M.D.-Ph.D. Program at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Becker received her PhD in anthropology from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and her MD from Harvard Medical School. She trained in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Becker is the former director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and served as a member of the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-5 Eating Disorders Work Group. She is past co-editor in chief of the journal, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, and is presently an associate editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Dr. Becker is the 2013 recipient of the Price Family Award for Research Excellence from the National Eating Disorders Association.

  1. Thakur BK, Zhang H, Becker A, Matei I, Huang Y, Costa-Silva B, Zheng Y, Hoshino A, Brazier H, Xiang J, Williams C, Rodriguez-Barrueco R, Silva JM, Zhang W, Hearn S, Elemento O, Paknejad N, Manova-Todorova K, Welte K, Bromberg J, Peinado H, Lyden D. Double-stranded DNA in exosomes: a novel biomarker in cancer detection. April 8, 2014. Cell research.

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  2. Hansen H, Dugan TM, Becker AE, Lewis-Fernández R, Lu FG, Oquendo MA, Alarcon RD, Trujillo M. Educating psychiatry residents about cultural aspects of care: a qualitative study of approaches used by u.s. Expert faculty. November 1, 2013. Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry.

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  3. Attia E, Becker AE, Bryant-Waugh R, Hoek HW, Kreipe RE, Marcus MD, Mitchell JE, Striegel RH, Walsh BT, Wilson GT, Wolfe BE, Wonderlich S. Feeding and Eating Disorders in DSM-5. November 1, 2013. The American journal of psychiatry.

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  4. Weitzman PF, Caballero AE, Millan-Ferro A, Becker AE, Levkoff SE. Bodily aesthetic ideals among latinas with type 2 diabetes: implications for treatment adherence, access, and outcomes. October 4, 2013. The Diabetes educator.

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  5. Becker AE, Kleinman A. Mental health and the global agenda. October 3, 2013. The New England journal of medicine.

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  6. Lewis-Fernández R, Raggio GA, Gorritz M, Duan N, Marcus S, Cabassa LJ, Humensky J, Becker AE, Alarcón RD, Oquendo MA, Hansen H, Like RC, Weiss M, Desai PN, Jacobsen FM, Foulks EF, Primm A, Lu F, Kopelowicz A, Hinton L, Hinton DE. GAP-REACH: a checklist to assess comprehensive reporting of race, ethnicity, and culture in psychiatric publications. October 1, 2013. The Journal of nervous and mental disease.

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  7. Becker AE, Kleinman A. Mental health and the global agenda. July 4, 2013. The New England journal of medicine.

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  8. Becker AE. Broadening access to care. Introduction. July 1, 2013. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  9. Lee S, Ng KL, Kwok KP, Thomas JJ, Becker AE. Gastrointestinal dysfunction in Chinese patients with fat-phobic and nonfat-phobic anorexia nervosa. September 21, 2012. Transcultural psychiatry.

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  10. Hirsch O, Träger S, Bösner S, Ilhan M, Becker A, Baum E, Donner-Banzhoff N. Referral from primary to secondary care in Germany: developing a taxonomy based on cluster analysis. August 7, 2012. Scandinavian journal of public health.

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  11. Lawson EA, Holsen LM, Santin M, Meenaghan E, Eddy KT, Becker AE, Herzog DB, Goldstein JM, Klibanski A. Oxytocin secretion is associated with severity of disordered eating psychopathology and insular cortex hypoactivation in anorexia nervosa. August 7, 2012. The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism.

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  12. Hunt DP, Becker AE, Guimaraes AR, Stemmer-Rachamimov A, Misdraji J. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 21-2012. A 27-year-old man with fatigue, weakness, weight loss, and decreased libido. July 12, 2012. The New England journal of medicine.

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  13. Viniol A, Jegan N, Leonhardt C, Strauch K, Brugger M, Barth J, Baum E, Becker A. Study protocol: Transition from localized low back pain to chronic widespread pain in general practice: identification of risk factors, preventive factors and key elements for treatment--a cohort study. May 25, 2012. BMC musculoskeletal disorders.

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  14. Becker A, Held H, Redaelli M, Chenot JF, Leonhardt C, Keller S, Baum E, Pfingsten M, Hildebrandt J, Basler HD, Kochen MM, Donner-Banzhoff N, Strauch K. Implementation of a guideline for low back pain management in primary care: a cost-effectiveness analysis. April 15, 2012. Spine.

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  15. Thomas JJ, Weigel TJ, Lawton RK, Levendusky PG, Becker AE. Cognitive-behavioral treatment of body image disturbance in a congenitally blind patient with anorexia nervosa. January 1, 2012. The American journal of psychiatry.

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  16. Becker AE, Kleinman A. An agenda for closing resource gaps in global mental health: innovation, capacity building, and partnerships. January 1, 2012. Harvard review of psychiatry.

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  17. Raviola G, Becker AE, Farmer P. A global scope for global health--including mental health. October 16, 2011. Lancet.

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  18. Delinsky SS, Thomas JJ, Germain SA, Ellison Craigen K, Weigel TJ, Levendusky PG, Becker AE. Motivation to change among residential treatment patients with an eating disorder: assessment of the multidimensionality of motivation and its relation to treatment outcome. May 1, 2011. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  19. Keller H, Krones T, Becker A, Hirsch O, Sönnichsen AC, Popert U, Kaufmann-Kolle P, Rochon J, Wegscheider K, Baum E, Donner-Banzhoff N. Arriba: effects of an educational intervention on prescribing behaviour in prevention of CVD in general practice. March 24, 2011. European journal of preventive cardiology.

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  20. Striegel-Moore RH, Rosselli F, Holtzman N, Dierker L, Becker AE, Swaney G. Behavioral symptoms of eating disorders in Native Americans: results from the ADD Health Survey Wave III. January 7, 2011. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  21. Becker AE, Fay KE, Agnew-Blais J, Khan AN, Striegel-Moore RH, Gilman SE. Social network media exposure and adolescent eating pathology in Fiji. January 1, 2011. The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science.

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  22. Becker AE, Fay K, Agnew-Blais J, Guarnaccia PM, Striegel-Moore RH, Gilman SE. Development of a measure of "acculturation" for ethnic Fijians: methodologic and conceptual considerations for application to eating disorders research. November 1, 2010. Transcultural psychiatry.

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  23. Becker AE, Hadley Arrindell A, Perloe A, Fay K, Striegel-Moore RH. A qualitative study of perceived social barriers to care for eating disorders: perspectives from ethnically diverse health care consumers. November 1, 2010. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  24. Becker A, Held H, Redaelli M, Strauch K, Chenot JF, Leonhardt C, Keller S, Baum E, Pfingsten M, Hildebrandt J, Basler HD, Kochen MM, Donner-Banzhoff N. Low back pain in primary care: costs of care and prediction of future health care utilization. August 15, 2010. Spine.

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  25. Marques L, Alegria M, Becker AE, Chen CN, Fang A, Chosak A, Diniz JB. Comparative prevalence, correlates of impairment, and service utilization for eating disorders across US ethnic groups: Implications for reducing ethnic disparities in health care access for eating disorders. July 27, 2010. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  26. Thomas JJ, Delinsky SS, St Germain SA, Weigel TJ, Tangren CM, Levendusky PG, Becker AE. How do eating disorder specialist clinicians apply DSM-IV diagnostic criteria in routine clinical practice? Implications for enhancing clinical utility in DSM-5. July 1, 2010. Psychiatry research.

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  27. Becker A, Herzberg D, Marsden N, Thomanek S, Jung H, Leonhardt C. A new computer-based counselling system for the promotion of physical activity in patients with chronic diseases--results from a pilot study. June 22, 2010. Patient education and counseling.

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  28. Bösner S, Becker A, Hani MA, Keller H, Sönnichsen AC, Karatolios K, Schaefer JR, Haasenritter J, Baum E, Donner-Banzhoff N. Chest wall syndrome in primary care patients with chest pain: presentation, associated features and diagnosis. April 20, 2010. Family practice.

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  29. Becker AE, Roberts AL, Perloe A, Bainivualiku A, Richards LK, Gilman SE, Striegel-Moore RH. Youth health-risk behavior assessment in Fiji: the reliability of Global School-based Student Health Survey content adapted for ethnic Fijian girls. April 1, 2010. Ethnicity & health.

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  30. Becker AE, Thomas JJ, Bainivualiku A, Richards L, Navara K, Roberts AL, Gilman SE, Striegel-Moore RH. Adaptation and evaluation of the Clinical Impairment Assessment to assess disordered eating related distress in an adolescent female ethnic Fijian population. March 1, 2010. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  31. Becker AE, Thomas JJ, Bainivualiku A, Richards L, Navara K, Roberts AL, Gilman SE, Striegel-Moore RH. Validity and reliability of a Fijian translation and adaptation of the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire. March 1, 2010. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  32. Thompson-McCormick JJ, Thomas JJ, Bainivualiku A, Khan AN, Becker AE. Breakfast skipping as a risk correlate of overweight and obesity in school-going ethnic Fijian adolescent girls. January 1, 2010. Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition.

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  33. Becker AE, Eddy KT, Perloe A. Clarifying criteria for cognitive signs and symptoms for eating disorders in DSM-V. November 1, 2009. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  34. Becker AE, Thomas JJ, Pike KM. Should non-fat-phobic anorexia nervosa be included in DSM-V? November 1, 2009. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  35. Alarcón RD, Becker AE, Lewis-Fernández R, Like RC, Desai P, Foulks E, Gonzales J, Hansen H, Kopelowicz A, Lu FG, Oquendo MA, Primm A. Issues for DSM-V: the role of culture in psychiatric diagnosis. August 1, 2009. The Journal of nervous and mental disease.

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  36. Bösner S, Becker A, Haasenritter J, Abu Hani M, Keller H, Sönnichsen AC, Karatolios K, Schaefer JR, Seitz G, Baum E, Donner-Banzhoff N. Chest pain in primary care: epidemiology and pre-work-up probabilities. January 1, 2009. The European journal of general practice.

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  37. Becker A, Leonhardt C, Kochen MM, Keller S, Wegscheider K, Baum E, Donner-Banzhoff N, Pfingsten M, Hildebrandt J, Basler HD, Chenot JF. Effects of two guideline implementation strategies on patient outcomes in primary care: a cluster randomized controlled trial. March 1, 2008. Spine.

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  38. Chenot JF, Scherer M, Becker A, Donner-Banzhoff N, Baum E, Leonhardt C, Keller S, Pfingsten M, Hildebrandt J, Basler HD, Kochen MM. Acceptance and perceived barriers of implementing a guideline for managing low back in general practice. February 7, 2008. Implementation science : IS.

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  39. Becker AE. Culture and eating disorders classification. November 1, 2007. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  40. Becker AE, Guarnaccia PJ, Dumit J, Lewis-Fernández R. The end of an era. June 1, 2007. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.

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  41. Franko DL, Becker AE, Thomas JJ, Herzog DB. Cross-ethnic differences in eating disorder symptoms and related distress. March 1, 2007. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  42. Becker AE, Fay K, Gilman SE, Striegel-Moore R. Facets of acculturation and their diverse relations to body shape concern in Fiji. January 1, 2007. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  43. Chenot JF, Becker A, Leonhardt C, Keller S, Donner-Banzhoff N, Baum E, Pfingsten M, Hildebrandt J, Kochen MM, Basler HD. Determinants for receiving acupuncture for LBP and associated treatments: a prospective cohort study. November 17, 2006. BMC health services research.

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  44. Zahn LM, Leebens-Mack JH, Arrington JM, Hu Y, Landherr LL, dePamphilis CW, Becker A, Theissen G, Ma H. Conservation and divergence in the AGAMOUS subfamily of MADS-box genes: evidence of independent sub- and neofunctionalization events. January 1, 2006. Evolution & development.

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  45. Maitra RT, Harfst A, Bjerre LM, Kochen MM, Becker A. Do German general practitioners support euthanasia? Results of a nation-wide questionnaire survey. September 1, 2005. The European journal of general practice.

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  46. Wiseman CV, Sunday SR, Becker AE. Impact of the media on adolescent body image. July 1, 2005. Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America.

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  47. Becker AE, Thomas JJ, Franko DL, Herzog DB. Disclosure patterns of eating and weight concerns to clinicians, educational professionals, family, and peers. July 1, 2005. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  48. Becker AE, Thomas JJ, Franko DL, Herzog DB. Interpretation and use of weight information in the evaluation of eating disorders: counselor response to weight information in a National Eating Disorders Educational and Screening Program. January 1, 2005. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  49. Becker AE, Gilman SE, Burwell RA. Changes in prevalence of overweight and in body image among Fijian women between 1989 and 1998. January 1, 2005. Obesity research.

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  50. Becker AE. New global perspectives on eating disorders. December 1, 2004. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.

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  51. Becker AE. Television, disordered eating, and young women in Fiji: negotiating body image and identity during rapid social change. December 1, 2004. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.

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  52. Becker AE, Franko DL, Nussbaum K, Herzog DB. Secondary prevention for eating disorders: the impact of education, screening, and referral in a college-based screening program. September 1, 2004. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  53. Becker AE, Keel P, Anderson-Fye EP, Thomas JJ. Genes and/or jeans?: Genetic and socio-cultural contributions to risk for eating disorders. January 1, 2004. Journal of addictive diseases.

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  54. Becker AE, Burwell RA, Navara K, Gilman SE. Binge eating and binge eating disorder in a small-scale, indigenous society: the view from Fiji. December 1, 2003. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  55. Becker AE. Outpatient management of eating disorders in adults. June 1, 2003. Current women's health reports.

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  56. Lasser KE, Zeytinoglu H, Miller E, Becker AE, Hermann RC, Bor DH. Do women who screen positive for mental disorders in primary care have lower mammography rates? May 1, 2003. General hospital psychiatry.

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  57. Holt DJ, Phillips KA, Shapiro ER, Becker AE. "My Face Is My Fate": biological and psychosocial approaches to the treatment of a woman with obsessions and delusions. May 1, 2003. Harvard review of psychiatry.

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  58. Rubin LR, Fitts ML, Becker AE. "Whatever feels good in my soul": body ethics and aesthetics among African American and Latina women. March 1, 2003. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.

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  59. Becker AE, Franko DL, Speck A, Herzog DB. Ethnicity and differential access to care for eating disorder symptoms. March 1, 2003. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  60. Steiner-Adair C, Sjostrom L, Franko DL, Pai S, Tucker R, Becker AE, Herzog DB. Primary prevention of risk factors for eating disorders in adolescent girls: learning from practice. December 1, 2002. The International journal of eating disorders.

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  61. Becker AE, Burwell RA, Gilman SE, Herzog DB, Hamburg P. Eating behaviours and attitudes following prolonged exposure to television among ethnic Fijian adolescent girls. June 1, 2002. The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science.

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Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

SW25. Case Studies in Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives (FAS, Fall Term)

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