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 Trauma 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
Some current research foci include
1. implementation science as related to teaching of learning in higher education.
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.