Anne Becker, M.D., Ph.D.


Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Physician Investigator (Cl)
Psychiatry, Mass General Research Institute
Psychiatrist
Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
MS Harvard T. H Chan School of Public Health 2005
MD Harvard medical school 1990
PhD Harvard University 1990
anorexia nervosa; binge-eating disorder; body image; bulimia; culture; eating disorders; ethnic and social influences on eating disorders; feeding behavior; fiji; women's health

Anne E. Becker, M.D., Ph.D., Sc.M. received her medical training at Harvard Medical School and completed her psychiatric residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1994. She also received a doctoral degree in anthropology from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and a master's degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Becker is the director of the MGH Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has a clinical interest in bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, as well as in how ethnic and cultural issues impact on eating disorders.

Her research interests focus on the impact of social and cultural context on eating disorders. Dr. Becker is the recipient of an NIMH grant to study the impact of social transition on disordered eating and body image in young women. Dr. Becker is a member of the Board of Directors for the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and was co-chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the 2007 International Conference on Eating Disorders. She also serves on the Teaching Day Committee for the AED. She has published numerous original scientific papers and reviews on eating disorders and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Dr. Becker is also associate professor of medical anthropology in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School where she has been co-editor in chief of the journal, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry until 2007. In addition, she serves on the editorial boards of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, and Anthropology and Medicine. Dr. Becker is a member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) committee on cultural psychiatry and is active in training psychiatry residents in delivering culturally sensitive, informed, and competent care.