Anne Becker, MD, PhD
Anne E. Becker, MD, PhD is Dean for Clinical and Academic Affairs, Professor of Psychiatry, and Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. An anthropologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Becker’s areas of research focus include the social and cultural mediation of presentation and risk for eating disorders, social barriers to care for mental disorders, and school-based mental health promotion. She has led investigations of the impact of rapid social transition on eating pathology in the indigenous iTaukei population of Fiji and has served as co-PI on school-based mental health interventions in Haiti and Lebanon. In addition to authoring or co-authoring over 150 publications in the scientific literature, Dr. Becker is author of Body, Self, and Society: The View from Fiji (U. Penn Press) and co-editor of a forthcoming book on global mental health training (Routledge). Dr. Becker is founding and past Director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, former vice chair of the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, former associate editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders; she has also previously served as a member of the American Psychiatry Association’s DSM-5 Eating Disorders Work Group and as vice chairperson of the APA’s Council on International Psychiatry . She is the past recipient of the Price Family Award for Research Excellence from the National Eating Disorders Association and the Leadership Award in Research from the Academy for Eating Disorders.