Jessica Becker, (2019)

I am a PGY-4 resident in the MGH/McLean Combined Adult-Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Residency, and I am currently beginning my two years of dedicated Child training. I came to residency having studied Economics during my undergraduate years and having spent several years in research at the intersection of cost-effectiveness, epidemiology, and health policy. My clinical interests lie at the interface of neuromedical and psychiatric illness in children. During my time in the RCP, I have worked to tie my research skills to these clinical interests.

Over the last year, I have been working under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Waldinger with the Harvard Study of Adult Development, a nearly 80-year prospective cohort, to examine long-term psychiatric outcomes in individuals with childhood head injury. Through the support of the RCP, I have been able to design this project, collect and analyze data, and present my work at several local conferences. I was also selected to present my project at the APA Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators. The RCP afforded me not only the protected time to work on this project, but also the support of mentorship and the ability to take courses, including a child psychiatry epidemiology course at the Harvard School of Public Health, which have helped me to develop my goals of becoming a services researcher at the intersection of medical and psychiatric illness in children.

During my time in residency, I have also continued research that I began during medical school examining health policy affecting the practice of psychiatric care and was supported by the RCP to attend the International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication (Peer Review Congress), where my work was being presented.

As I begin my fellowship, I am working to devise a project examining health care costs and utilization for children with comorbid medical and psychiatric illness as well as a cost-effectiveness analysis for seizure screening in psychiatric patients.


Yale University School of Medicine, MD, 2015

Harvard University, B.A., 2009


Becker JE, Krumholz HM, Ben-Josef G, and Ross JS. “Reporting of Results in and High Impact Journals.” JAMA 311(10): 12 March 2014, 1063-5.

Becker JE and Ross JS. “Reporting discrepancies between the results database and peer reviewed publications.” Annals of Internal Medicine 161(10): 18 Nov 2014, 760.

Becker JE and Ross JS. “Trial Registries, Journals, and Selective Endpoint Reporting: Still Biased After All These Years.” JAMA Internal Medicine Blog: 21 April 2014. Internet:

Venkatesh KK*, Becker JE*, Kumarasamy N, Nakamura YM, Mayer KH, Losina E, Swaminathan S, Flanigan TP, Walensky RP, Freedberg KA. “Clinical Impact and Cost-Effectiveness of expanded Voluntary HIV testing in India.” PLoS ONE 8(5): 31 May 2013, e64604.
*Co-First Authors

Schackman BR, Fleishman JA, Su AE, Berkowitz BK, Moore RD, Walensky RP, Becker JE, Voss C, Paltie AD, Weinstein MC, Freedberg KA, Gebo KA and Losina E. “The Lifetime Medical Cost Savings from Preventing HIV in the United States.” Medical Care 53(4): Apr 2015, 293-301.

McCormick AW, Abuelezam NN, Rhode ER, Hou T, Walensky RP, Pei PP, Becker JE, DiLorenzo MA, Losina E, Freedberg KA, Lipsitch M, and Seage GR 3rd. “Development, Calibration and Performance of an HIV Transmission Model Incorporating Natural History and Behavioral Patterns: Application in South Africa.” PLoS ONE 9(5): 27 May 2014, e98272.

Schackman BR, Haas DW, Becker JE, Berkowitz BK, Sax PE, Daar ES, Ribaudo HJ, and Freedberg KA. “Cost-effectiveness analysis of UGT1A1 genetic testing to inform antiretroviral prescribing in HIV disease.” Antiviral Therapy 18(3): 2013, 399-408.

Anglaret X, Scott CA, Walensky RP, Ouattara E, Losina E, Moh R, Becker JE, Uhler L, Danel C, Messou E, Eholié S, and Freedberg KA. “Could Early Antiretroviral Therapy Entail More Risks than Benefits in sub-Saharan African HIV-Infected Adults? A Model-Based Analysis.” Antiviral Therapy 18(1): 2013, 45-55.

Lee JW, Epardaud M, Sun J, Becker JE, Cheng AC, Yonekura A, Heath JK, and Turley SJ. “Peripheral antigen display by lymph node stroma promotes T cell tolerance to intestinal self.” Nature Immunology 8(2): 2007, 181-190.



Thesis Honors, Department of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine. Department Honors received for medical school thesis, entitled “Reporting of Results in and High-Impact Journals: A Cross-Sectional Study.”, 2015

Marguerite Rush Lerner Award in Creative Writing, 3rd place, Yale School of Medicine, 2015

Farr Scholar, Yale School of Medicine, 2014

McLean & Kearney Fund, Harvard University, 2007

National Merit Scholarship, 2005-2006