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Dr. Becker-Blease earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Oregon in 2002, with an emphasis in developmental traumatology. She then completed a 2-year post-doctoral internship at the Family Research Lab/Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. She has worked at Oregon State University since 2005.
Areas of Interest
- Child abuse and trauma across the lifespan
- Ethical methods for researching and teaching about trauma and other difficult topics
- Science of teaching and learning
Becker-Blease, K.A. (2017). As the world becomes trauma-informed, work to do. Invited editorial for the Journal of Trauama and Dissociation, 18, 131- 138. Open Access Full Text.
Becker-Blease, K. A. & Kerig, P. K. (2016). Child Maltreatment: A Developmental Psychopathology Approach. APA Books. More Information.
Becker-Blease, K. A. & Bostwick, Keiko C. P. (2016). Adaptive quizzing in introductory psychology: Evidence of limited effectiveness. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.
Becker-Blease, K.A., Turner, H. A. & Finkelhor, D. (2010). Disasters, victimization and children’s mental health. Child Development. Special Issue on Children and Disasters, 81, 1040 – 1052.
Becker-Blease, K. A. & Freyd, J. J. (2006). Participants telling the truth about their lives: The ethics of asking and not asking about abuse. American Psychologist, 6, 3, 218-226.
Becker-Blease, K. A., Deater-Deckard, K., Freyd, J. J., Eley, T., Stevenson, J. & Plomin, R. (2004). A genetic analysis of dissociative behaviors in childhood and adolescence. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 45, 522-532.
Potential Graduate Students
I am accepting Ph.D. students for the 2017-18 academic year. Some current research foci include
1. NSF-funded project to improve graph reading and scientific reasoning in introductory psychology classes.
2. a project to improve physician- and pharmacist-patient communication using graphs and scientific reasoning.
3. studies on child and current abuse and trauma and resilience, including academic success, among emerging adults.
I am happy to talk about these research projects in more detail with potential graduate students.
For more information on research in progress and student inquires, please see my lab page.