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Tim Becker, MD

Specialty in Psychiatry

Dr. Becker is a psychiatry resident at the Mount Sinai Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree in Urban & Regional Studies from Cornell University (2012) and completed his medical degree at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (2018). Prior to medical school, he worked as a pre-medical teaching assistant at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, where he received an Excellence in Teaching Award. His research has focused on global health (including explanatory models of mental illness in Botswana, epidemiology of head trauma, and psychosocial aspects of HIV), adolescent and young adult mental health, and quality improvement. He enjoys communicating health-related science through writing and teaching and joined Buoy Health as a writer in 2018. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking, and exploring new places.

Practice names

Resident Physician, The Mount Sinai Hospital

Education and training

2019 - Present - Residency (Psychiatry), The Mount Sinai Hospital, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York NY

2018-2019 - Internship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

2014-2018 - Doctor of Medicine, Certificate in Global Health, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2008-2012 - Bachelor of Science in Urban & Regional Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Resident in Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Articles from Tim Becker, MD

Publication Highlights

Poku, O.B., Becker, T.D., Ho-Foster, A.R., Rampa, S., Entaile, P., Yang, L., Mehta, H., Eisenberg, H., Cao, D., Opondo, P.R., Blank, M.B., Yang, L.H. (2020, in press). Reflections on qualitatively investigating HIV and mental illness stigma in Botswana with a multi-cultural and multi-national team. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Ramogola-Masire, D., Poku, O., Mazhani, L., Ndwapi, N., Misra, S., Arscott-Mills, T., Blank, L., Ho-Foster, A., Becker, T.D., Yang, L.H. (2020). Botswana’s HIV Response: Policies, Context and Future Directions. Journal of Community Psychology. 48(3), 1066-1070.

Becker, T.D., Torous, J. (2019). Recent developments in digital mental health interventions for college and university students. Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry, 6(3), 210-220.

Becker, T.D., Ho-Foster, A.R., Poku, O.B., Marobela, S., Mehta, H., Cao, D., Yang, L., Blank, L., Dipatane, V., Moeng, R., Molebatsi, K., Eisenberg, M., Barg, F., Blank, M.B., Opondo, P., Yang, L.H. (2019). “It’s when the trees blossom”: Explanatory beliefs, stigma, and mental illness in the context of HIV in Botswana. Qualitative Health Research, 29(11), 1566–1580.

Cox, M., Becker, T., Motsumi, M. (2018). Head trauma: a significant public health concern among young men in Botswana—aetiology, referral patterns and opportunities for interventions. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 9(2), 798.

Becker, T.D., Lin, H.C., Miller, V.A. (2018). Associations of observed physician-parent-child communication with child satisfaction in a gastroenterology clinic. Patient Preference & Adherence, 12, 1327-1335.

Cox, M., Becker, T.D., Motsumi, J. (2018). Head Injury burden in a major referral hospital emergency centre (EC) in Botswana. African Journal of Emergency Medicine, 8(3), 100-105.