Implementing contingency management in opioid treatment centers across Rhode Island: Formative research to inform a cluster randomized trial.

Independent Funding Received: September 2018

Sara Becker, PhD

Sara Becker, PhD


Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research), Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)
Tel: 401-863-6604

Dr. Becker is a clinical researcher and licensed clinical psychologist dedicated to improving the quality and utilization of behavioral treatments for individuals with substance use disorders. She currently has academic affiliations as an Associate Professor (Research) in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health and in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School.

Dr. Becker received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2009 from Duke University. She completed her residency at Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addictions Studies. Prior to her graduate work, Dr. Becker worked as a strategy consultant with Boston Consulting Group and Mapi Values, where she helped companies with organizational change initiatives and gained exposure to direct to consumer marketing principles.

Building upon her multi-disciplinary training, Dr. Becker studies both dissemination and implementation strategies to increase the utilization of evidence-based treatment models for patients with substance use disorders. She is currently Multiple Principal Investigator (MPIs Becker and Garner) of a 5-year NIDA-funded project evaluating strategies to implement motivational incentives, an evidence-based behavioral treatment, in 30 opioid treatment centers throughout New England. This project built upon formative research conducted as part of a project component for the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Opioids and Overdose. Dr. Becker is also the PI of a 3-year NIDA-funded study testing a technology-assisted intervention for parents of adolescents in residential treatment. She was formerly PI of a NIDA-funded Early Career Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Award studying whether direct-to-consumer marketing strategies could increase the demand for evidence-based therapy for adolescent substance use disorders.

Dr. Becker also serves as the Project Director/PI of the SAMHSA-funded New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center and Multiple Project Director/MPI (MPIs Becker, Kuo, and Stein) of the SAMHSA and PEPFAR funded South Africa Addiction Technology Transfer Centre. Combined, these two federally funded centers provide training and technical assistance support to over 3,000 front-line addiction treatment providers per year.