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Reed Lodge

Reed Lodge 126

2950 SW Jefferson Way

2950 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, University of Oregon

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Affiliated with: 
Sch of Psychological Science
Courses Taught: 


PSY 202: General Psychology

PSY 350: Lifespan Human Development

PSY 480: Clinical Research Methods

PSY 483: Developmental Psychopathology

PSY 499: Psychology of Trauma


PSY 580: Clinical Research Methods

PSY 583: Developmental Psychopathology

PSY 599: Psychology of Trauma

PSY 599: Psychological Science of Teaching and Learning

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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

Selected Publications

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