James T Becker, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neurology

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.
Billy Wayne Coakley

Education & Training

The Johns Hopkins University Physiological Psychology
Northeastern UniversityNeuropsychology
Johns Hopkins UniversityPhysiological Psychology
University of Connecticut School of MedicineNational Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Training Program
Boston University School of MedicineNational Institute on Alcohol Abuse Individual Fellowship

Specialty Certifications

Board Certification
American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (Neuropsychology)
Licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology

Current Appointments

Director, Clinical Neuropsychology Center
Director, Neuropsychology Research Program
Associate Director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Vice President, University Senate, University of Pittsburgh

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American Psychological Association
Member, International Neuropsychological Society
Member, Aerospace Medical Association

Selected Honors & Awards

Senior Researcher, Fulbright Commission
Fellow, American Psychological Association
Diplomate, American Board of Neuropsychology

Research Interests

Dementia; Alzheimer's disease; HIV/AIDS
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Goodkin K, Miller EN, Cox C, Reynolds S, Becker JT, Martin E, Selnes OA, Ostrow DG, Sacktor NC; Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. Effect of ageing on neurocognitive function by stage of HIV infection: evidence from the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. Lancet HIV. 2017 Jul 14. pii: S2352-3018(17)30098-X. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(17)30098-X. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 28716545 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher].
  2. Stillman CM, Lopez OL, Becker JT, Kuller LH, Mehta PD, Tracy RP, Erickson KI. Physical activity predicts reduced plasma amyloid in the Cardiovascular Health Study. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2017 Apr 14;4(5):284-291. doi: 10.1002/acn3.397. eCollection 2017 May. PMID: 28491896. PMCID: PMC5420805.
  3. Becker JT, Martinson JJ, Penugonda S, Kingsley L, Molsberry S, Reynolds S, Aronow A, Goodkin K, Levine A, Martin E, Miller EN, Munro CA, Ragin A, Sacktor N. No association between Apoe4 alleles, HIV infection, age, neuropsychological outcome, or death. J Neurovirol. 2015 Feb;21(1):24-31. Epub 2014 Nov 12. PubMed PMID: 25388225. PMCID: PMC4319994.
  4. Pineda-Pardo JA, Garcs P, Lpez ME, Aurtenetxe S, Cuesta P, Marcos A, Montejo P, Yus M, Hernndez-Tamames JA, Del-Pozo F, Becker JT, Maestu F. White matter disorganizes brain functional networks in amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment. Brain Connect. 2014 Jun;4(5):312-22. Epub 2014 Apr 9. PMID:24617580. PMCID: PMC4064724.
  5. Becker JT, Cuesta P, Fabrizio M, Sudre G, Vergis EN, Douaihy A, Bajo R, Schubert A, Lopez OL, Parkkonen L, Maestu F, Bagic A. Brain structural and functional recovery following initiation of combination antiretroviral therapy. J Neurovirol. 2012 Oct;18(5):423-7. Epub 2012 Jun 13. PMID: 22692914. PMCID: PMC3459170.

Clinical Interests

Dementia; Alzheimer's disease; HIV/AIDS
Selected Clinical Publications & Products
  1. Raji CA, Merrill DA, Eyre H, Mallam S, Torosyan N, Erickson KI, Lopez OL, Becker JT, Carmichael OT, Gach HM, Thompson PM, Longstreth WT, Kuller LH. Longitudinal Relationships between Caloric Expenditure and Gray Matter in the Cardiovascular Health Study. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Mar 11. 2016;52(2):719-29. PMID: 26967227. PMCID: PMC4927887.
  2. Lecci F, Junker B, Kuller LH, Lopez OL, Becker JT. Empirically Derived Trajectories to Dementia Over 15 Years of Follow-up Identified by Using Mixed Membership Models. Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Aug 15;182(4):366-74. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv051. Epub 2015 Jul 23. PMID: 26209524. PMCID: PMC4528953.
  3. Boada M, Trraga L, Hernndez I, Valero S, Alegret M, Ruiz A, Lopez OL, Becker JT; Fundaci ACE Alzheimer Research Center and Memory Clinic. Design of a comprehensive Alzheimer's disease clinic and research center in Spain to meet critical patient and family needs. Alzheimers Dement. 2014 May;10(3):409-15. Epub 2013 Sep 10. PMID:24035148. PMCID: PMC3951687.
  4. Skidmore ER, Dawson DR, Butters MA, Grattan ES, Juengst SB, Whyte EM, Begley A, Holm MB, Becker JT. Strategy Training Shows Promise for Addressing Disability in the First 6 Months After Stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2014 Dec 11. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 25505221. PMCID: PMC4465421.
  5. Becker JT, Dew MA, Aizenstein HJ, Lopez OL, Morrow L, Saxton J, Tarraga L. A Pilot Study of the Effects of Internet-Based Cogntive Stimulation on Neuropsychological Function in HIV Disease. Disability and Rehabilitation. Disabil Rehabil. 2012;34(21):1848-52. Epub 2012 Mar 30. PMID: 22458375. PMCID: PMC3394884.