Emily Becker-Haimes, PhD, an LDI Senior Fellow and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, has won the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ (ABCT) Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group (DIS SIG) 2022 Early Career Award.

The award was presented during the ABCT’s Annual Convention in New York in November. The organization is a professional association of mental health therapists and researchers. Its DIS SIG was established 10 years ago to promote action aimed at improving behavioral health interventions, expanding the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and communicating the benefits of evidence-based practices in a manner aimed at increasing consumer demand for those types of treatments. The DIS SIG’s inaugural Early Career Award winner in 2013 was former LDI Senior Fellow Rinad Beidas, PhD.

Becker-Haimes is a faculty member at the Penn Center for Mental Health and the Clinical Director of the Pennsylvania Hospital Pediatric Anxiety Treatment Center at Hall-Mercer (PATCH) program. Her research focuses on the implementation of evidence-based treatments in community mental health settings.

“Significant Impact”

“The Early Career Award was designed to recognize a researcher who has made a significant impact on the field of implementation science within 10 years of receiving their terminal degree,” said Torrey Creed, PhD, LDI Senior Fellow and Director of the Penn Collaborative for CBT and Implementation Science. “Dr. Becker-Haimes has had an exceptional impact as a researcher and through her service to our field — and her ability to be really generative with both — while also supporting and mentoring others, speaks to the heart of what this award is meant to recognize.”

The DIS SIG’s Amanda Jensen-Doss, PhD, noted that Becker-Haimes’ “work has produced 61 peer-reviewed publications, an impressive record for any young investigator, but particularly notable given that she also has a significant number of clinical responsibilities in her role as the Clinical Director at the Hall-Mercer (PATCH) clinic.”

After earning her MS and PhD degrees in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami, Becker-Haimes joined the Penn Department of Psychiatry and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in 2016.

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