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profileAnne Edith Becker, Ph.D., M.D.

TitleMaude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
InstitutionHarvard Medical School
DepartmentGlobal Health and Social Medicine
AddressHarvard Medical School Dept of Social Medicine
641 Huntington Ave
Boston MA 02115
Phone617/432-1009
Fax617/432-2565
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Other Positions
TitleVice Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
InstitutionHarvard Medical School
DepartmentGlobal Health and Social Medicine

TitleAssociate Professor of Psychiatry
InstitutionMassachusetts General Hospital
DepartmentPsychiatry


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Efficacy of a school-based mental health intervention in Haiti
International, 06/09/14 - 08/01/14

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  1. Weissman RS, Becker AE, Bulik CM, Frank GK, Klump KL, Steiger H, Strober M, Thomas J, Waller G, Walsh BT. Speaking of That: Terms to Avoid or Reconsider in the Eating Disorders Field. Int J Eat Disord. 2016 Apr; 49(4):349-53. PMID: 27084795.
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  2. Baingana F, al'Absi M, Becker AE, Pringle B. Global research challenges and opportunities for mental health and substance-use disorders. Nature. 2015 Nov 19; 527(7578):S172-7. PMID: 26580324.
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  3. Thomas JJ, Eddy KT, Murray HB, Tromp MD, Hartmann AS, Stone MT, Levendusky PG, Becker AE. The impact of revised DSM-5 criteria on the relative distribution and inter-rater reliability of eating disorder diagnoses in a residential treatment setting. Psychiatry Res. 2015 Sep 30; 229(1-2):517-23. PMID: 26160205.
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  4. Thomas JJ, Eddy KT, Ruscio J, Ng KL, Casale KE, Becker AE, Lee S. Do recognizable lifetime eating disorder phenotypes naturally occur in a culturally asian population? A combined latent profile and taxometric approach. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2015 May; 23(3):199-209. PMID: 25787700.
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  5. Muth C, van den Akker M, Blom JW, Mallen CD, Rochon J, Schellevis FG, Becker A, Beyer M, Gensichen J, Kirchner H, Perera R, Prados-Torres A, Scherer M, Thiem U, van den Bussche H, Glasziou PP. The Ariadne principles: how to handle multimorbidity in primary care consultations. BMC Med. 2014; 12:223. PMID: 25484244; PMCID: PMC4259090.
  6. Hirsch O, Strauch K, Held H, Redaelli M, Chenot JF, Leonhardt C, Keller S, Baum E, Pfingsten M, Hildebrandt J, Basler HD, Kochen MM, Donner-Banzhoff N, Becker A. Low back pain patient subgroups in primary care: pain characteristics, psychosocial determinants, and health care utilization. Clin J Pain. 2014 Dec; 30(12):1023-32. PMID: 24480909.
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  7. Hartmann AS, Gorman MJ, Sogg S, Lamont EM, Eddy KT, Becker AE, Thomas JJ. Screening for DSM-5 Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder in a Weight-Loss Treatment-Seeking Obese Sample. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2014; 16(5). PMID: 25667810; PMCID: PMC4321015.
  8. Eddy KT, Thomas JJ, Hastings E, Edkins K, Lamont E, Nevins CM, Patterson RM, Murray HB, Bryant-Waugh R, Becker AE. Prevalence of DSM-5 avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder in a pediatric gastroenterology healthcare network. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Jul; 48(5):464-70. PMID: 25142784.
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  9. Gerbasi ME, Richards LK, Thomas JJ, Agnew-Blais JC, Thompson-Brenner H, Gilman SE, Becker AE. Globalization and eating disorder risk: peer influence, perceived social norms, and adolescent disordered eating in Fiji. Int J Eat Disord. 2014 Nov; 47(7):727-37. PMID: 25139374; PMCID: PMC4211968.
  10. Thomas JJ, Koh KA, Eddy KT, Hartmann AS, Murray HB, Gorman MJ, Sogg S, Becker AE. Do DSM-5 eating disorder criteria overpathologize normative eating patterns among individuals with obesity? J Obes. 2014; 2014:320803. PMID: 25057413; PMCID: PMC4098982.
  11. Delaney CB, Eddy KT, Hartmann AS, Becker AE, Murray HB, Thomas JJ. Pica and rumination behavior among individuals seeking treatment for eating disorders or obesity. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Mar; 48(2):238-48. PMID: 24729045.
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  12. 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. Acad Psychiatry. 2013 Nov; 37(6):412-6. PMID: 24185288.
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  13. 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. Am J Psychiatry. 2013 Nov; 170(11):1237-9. PMID: 24185238.
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  14. 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. Diabetes Educ. 2013 Nov-Dec; 39(6):856-63. PMID: 24096804.
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  15. Becker AE, Kleinman A. Mental health and the global agenda. N Engl J Med. 2013 Oct 3; 369(14):1380-1. PMID: 24088110.
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  16. 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. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2013 Oct; 201(10):860-71. PMID: 24080673; PMCID: PMC4324559.
  17. Becker AE, Kleinman A. Mental health and the global agenda. N Engl J Med. 2013 Jul 4; 369(1):66-73. PMID: 23822778.
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  18. Becker AE. Broadening access to care. Introduction. Int J Eat Disord. 2013 Jul; 46(5):507. PMID: 23658101.
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  19. Lee S, Ng KL, Kwok KP, Thomas JJ, Becker AE. Gastrointestinal dysfunction in Chinese patients with fat-phobic and nonfat-phobic anorexia nervosa. Transcult Psychiatry. 2012 Nov; 49(5):678-95. PMID: 23002113.
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  20. 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. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Oct; 97(10):E1898-908. PMID: 22872688; PMCID: PMC3674290.
  21. 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. N Engl J Med. 2012 Jul 12; 367(2):157-69. PMID: 22784119.
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  22. 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. Am J Psychiatry. 2012 Jan; 169(1):16-20. PMID: 22223010.
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  23. Becker AE, Kleinman A. An agenda for closing resource gaps in global mental health: innovation, capacity building, and partnerships. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2012 Jan-Feb; 20(1):3-5. PMID: 22335177; PMCID: PMC3335112.
  24. Raviola G, Becker AE, Farmer P. A global scope for global health--including mental health. Lancet. 2011 Nov 5; 378(9803):1613-5. PMID: 22008421.
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  25. 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. Int J Eat Disord. 2011 May; 44(4):340-8. PMID: 21472753.
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  26. 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. Int J Eat Disord. 2011 Sep; 44(6):561-6. PMID: 21823140.
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  27. Becker AE, Fay KE, Agnew-Blais J, Khan AN, Striegel-Moore RH, Gilman SE. Social network media exposure and adolescent eating pathology in Fiji. Br J Psychiatry. 2011 Jan; 198(1):43-50. PMID: 21200076; PMCID: PMC3014464.
  28. 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. Transcult Psychiatry. 2010 Nov; 47(5):754-88. PMID: 21088103; PMCID: PMC3778982.
  29. 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. Int J Eat Disord. 2010 Nov 1; 43(7):633-47. PMID: 19806607; PMCID: PMC3020364.
  30. 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. Int J Eat Disord. 2011 Jul; 44(5):412-20. PMID: 20665700; PMCID: PMC3011052.
  31. 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. Psychiatry Res. 2010 Aug 15; 178(3):511-7. PMID: 20591498.
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  32. 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. Patient Educ Couns. 2011 May; 83(2):195-202. PMID: 20573467.
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  33. 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. Ethn Health. 2010 Apr; 15(2):181-97. PMID: 20234961; PMCID: PMC2921325.
  34. 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. Int J Eat Disord. 2010 Mar; 43(2):171-8. PMID: 19308995; PMCID: PMC2896727.
  35. 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. Int J Eat Disord. 2010 Mar; 43(2):179-86. PMID: 19308992; PMCID: PMC2896728.
  36. 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. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2010; 19(3):372-82. PMID: 20805082; PMCID: PMC4225128.
  37. Becker AE, Eddy KT, Perloe A. Clarifying criteria for cognitive signs and symptoms for eating disorders in DSM-V. Int J Eat Disord. 2009 Nov; 42(7):611-9. PMID: 19650082.
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  38. Becker AE, Thomas JJ, Pike KM. Should non-fat-phobic anorexia nervosa be included in DSM-V? Int J Eat Disord. 2009 Nov; 42(7):620-35. PMID: 19655370.
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  39. 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. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2009 Aug; 197(8):559-660. PMID: 19684490.
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  40. Becker AE. Culture and eating disorders classification. Int J Eat Disord. 2007 Nov; 40 Suppl:S111-6. PMID: 17647276.
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  41. Becker AE, Guarnaccia PJ, Dumit J, Lewis-Fernández R. The end of an era. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2007 Jun; 31(2):127-9. PMID: 17588198.
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  42. Franko DL, Becker AE, Thomas JJ, Herzog DB. Cross-ethnic differences in eating disorder symptoms and related distress. Int J Eat Disord. 2007 Mar; 40(2):156-64. PMID: 17080449.
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  43. Becker AE, Fay K, Gilman SE, Striegel-Moore R. Facets of acculturation and their diverse relations to body shape concern in Fiji. Int J Eat Disord. 2007 Jan; 40(1):42-50. PMID: 16958116.
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  44. Wiseman CV, Sunday SR, Becker AE. Impact of the media on adolescent body image. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2005 Jul; 14(3):453-71, viii-ix. PMID: 15936668.
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  45. Becker AE, Thomas JJ, Franko DL, Herzog DB. Disclosure patterns of eating and weight concerns to clinicians, educational professionals, family, and peers. Int J Eat Disord. 2005 Jul; 38(1):18-23. PMID: 15971235.
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  46. Becker AE, Gilman SE, Burwell RA. Changes in prevalence of overweight and in body image among Fijian women between 1989 and 1998. Obes Res. 2005 Jan; 13(1):110-7. PMID: 15761169.
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  47. 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. Int J Eat Disord. 2005 Jan; 37(1):38-43. PMID: 15690464.
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  48. Becker AE. Television, disordered eating, and young women in Fiji: negotiating body image and identity during rapid social change. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2004 Dec; 28(4):533-59. PMID: 15847053.
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  49. Becker AE. New global perspectives on eating disorders. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2004 Dec; 28(4):433-7. PMID: 15847049.
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  50. 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. Int J Eat Disord. 2004 Sep; 36(2):157-62. PMID: 15282685.
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  51. Becker AE, Keel P, Anderson-Fye EP, Thomas JJ. Genes and/or jeans?: Genetic and socio-cultural contributions to risk for eating disorders. J Addict Dis. 2004; 23(3):81-103. PMID: 15256346.
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  52. Becker AE, Burwell RA, Navara K, Gilman SE. Binge eating and binge eating disorder in a small-scale, indigenous society: the view from Fiji. Int J Eat Disord. 2003 Dec; 34(4):423-31. PMID: 14566929.
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  53. Becker AE. Outpatient management of eating disorders in adults. Curr Womens Health Rep. 2003 Jun; 3(3):221-9. PMID: 12734033.
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  54. 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? Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2003 May-Jun; 25(3):214-6. PMID: 12748035.
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  55. 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. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2003 May-Jun; 11(3):142-54. PMID: 12893504; PMCID: PMC1622895.
  56. Becker AE, Franko DL, Speck A, Herzog DB. Ethnicity and differential access to care for eating disorder symptoms. Int J Eat Disord. 2003 Mar; 33(2):205-12. PMID: 12616587.
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  57. Rubin LR, Fitts ML, Becker AE. "Whatever feels good in my soul": body ethics and aesthetics among African American and Latina women. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2003 Mar; 27(1):49-75. PMID: 12825784.
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  58. 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. Int J Eat Disord. 2002 Dec; 32(4):401-11. PMID: 12386905.
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  59. Becker AE, Burwell RA, Gilman SE, Herzog DB, Hamburg P. Eating behaviours and attitudes following prolonged exposure to television among ethnic Fijian adolescent girls. Br J Psychiatry. 2002 Jun; 180:509-14. PMID: 12042229.
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