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Tim Becker, MD

Specialty in Psychiatry

Dr. Becker is currently a psychiatry resident at the Mount Sinai Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed his medical degree and a certificate in global health at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In his residency, he has received specialized training in global mental health, HIV/AIDS psychiatry, immigrant/refugee mental health, and medical education. His research has focused on youth mental health and barriers to health services across different cultural contexts, including stigma. He currently serves as a member of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Committee on Quality Issues, which develops guidelines for the field, and is an American Psychiatric Association Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow. He enjoys communicating health-related science through writing and teaching and has been contributing to Buoy Health since 2018. 

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


American Psychiatric Association Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship (2021)

New York State Psychiatric Association Resident-Fellow Poster Contest, 3rd Place (2021)

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Life Members Mentorship Grant (2017)

Weill Cornell Medicine—Qatar Excellence in Teaching Award (2013)

Cornell University Academic Achievement Award in Urban Studies (2012)


Resident in Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Publication Highlights

Becker, TD, Rice, TR. (2021). Youth Vaping: A review and update on global epidemiology, physical and behavioral health risks, and clinical considerations. European Journal of Pediatrics. /10.1007/s00431-021-04220-x

Yang, L.H., Poku, O. B., Misra, S., Mehta, H. T., Rampa, S., Eisenberg, M.M., Yang, L.S., Cao, D.T., Blank, L.I., Becker, T.D., Link, B.G., Entaile, P., Opondo, P.R., Arscott-Mills, T., Ho-Foster, A.R., Blank, M.B. (2021). Stigma, Structural Vulnerability, and “What Matters Most” among Women Living with HIV in Botswana, 2017. American Journal of Public Health, 111: 7, 1309-1317.

Becker, T., Hassan, Y., Wenger, B., Race, J., Ashley, J., Friedman, S., Rice, T.R. (2021). Context-dependent language of auditory hallucinations in an adolescent learning a second language: A case study applying the inner speech model. Schizophrenia Research, 228, 614-615.

Becker, T.D., Arnold, M.K., Ro, V., Martin, L., Rice, T.R.. (2021). A Systematic review of e-cigarette use (vaping) and mental health comorbidities among adolescents and young adults. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 23: 3, 415-425.

Yang, L.H.*, Ho-Foster, A.R.*, Becker, T.D., Misra, S., Poku, O.B., Rampa, S., Entaile, P., Goodman, M., Blank, M.B. (2021). Psychometric Validation of a Scale to Assess Culturally-Salient Aspects of HIV stigma among women living with HIV in Botswana: Engaging “What Matters Most” to Resist Stigma. AIDS & Behavior, 25, 459-474.

Becker, T.D.*, Poku, O.B.,* Chen, X., Wong, J., Mandavia, A., Huang, M., Chen, Y., Huang, D., Ngo, H., Yang, L.H. (2020, in press). The impact of China-to-US immigration on structural and cultural determinants of HIV-related stigma: Implications for HIV care of Chinese immigrants. Ethnicity & Health.

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.

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.