Kathleen Becker

Clinical Associate Professor
Contact Information
Department of Study 
DNP, Chatham University, 2010
MS, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 1983
BSN, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 1977

KATHLEEN BECKER serves as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Nursing. Prior to joining USC, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Community-Public Health at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. 

A nurse practitioner, she has provided primary care to homeless people and underserved patients in Baltimore, Maryland, for the past 30 years. She has worked in high-functioning teams, providing integrated, person-centered care to the homeless population at Health Care for the Homeless and to inner-city elders through the Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders program.

She is a fellow of the National Academies of Practice and a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Previously, she served as a commissioner for the Maryland Statewide Advisory Commission on Immunizations.

Becker received her doctorate in nursing practice from Chatham University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Awards and Distinction
Interdisciplinary Group Recognition Award, Interdisciplinary Shared Clinical Experiences Team, National Academies of Practice (2015)
Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow, National Academies of Practice (2014)
Diversity Recognition Award for enhancing diversity in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, Johns Hopkins Institutions Diversity Leadership Council (2013)
Finalist, Johns Hopkins Nursing Shining Star Awards (2012)
Hepatitis Hero, Maryland Hepatitis Coalition (2011)
Polish Medal of the Senate (2007)
APEA Outstanding Poster Award, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2007)
State Award for Excellence-Maryland, American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2004)
Outstanding Educator, School of Nursing graduate program $1000 Award, Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association (1999)
The Linda Reamer Award for Outstanding Volunteer, Health Care for the Homeless (1999)
The Linda Reamer Award for Outstanding Volunteer, Health Care for the Homeless (1997)
Kellogg Doctoral Fellow, Health Care for the Homeless (1995-97)
Outstanding Educator, School of Nursing Undergraduate Program, Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association (1991)
Jesse Neal Award for Editorial Excellence, Connectiv (1989)
Who’s Who of American Nursing, The Society of Nursing Professionals 4 (1986)
Outstanding Nurse of the Year, Maryland Nurses Association District 2 (1985)
Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities (1983)
Outstanding Student, Primary Care Department, University of Maryland (1983)
National Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau (1983)
Kappa Gamma Graduate Scholarship Award (1982)
Professional Nurse Traineeship and Stipend, University of Maryland graduate program (1981-83)
More awards
Selected Publications

Becker, K., Crowe, T., Walton-Moss, B., Linn, A., Schram, A., Hanyok, L., Hayashi, J., Culhane, N., McNelis, A. & Teague, P. (2016). Interprofessional debriefing: A novel synthesis of the 3D model and systems-centered therapy. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 2, 13-19. doi:10.1016/j.xjep.2016.03.001

Smith, P., Becker, K., Roberts, L., Walker, J. & Szanton, S. (2016). Associations among pain, depression and functional limitation in low-income, home-dwelling older adults: An analysis of baseline data from CAPABLE. Geriatric Nursing.

Katende, G. & Becker, K. (2016). Nurse-led interventions for high blood pressure control: Implications for noncommunicable disease programs in Uganda. International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, 4, 28-41. doi:10.1016/j.ijans.2016.02.002

Smith, P.D., Boyd, C., Bellantoni, J., Roth, J., Becker, K., Savage, J., Nkimbeng, M. & Szanton, S.L. (2016). Communication between primary care providers and nurses within the home: An analysis of process data from CAPABLE. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(3-4), 454-62. doi:10.1111/jocn.13073

Farley, J., Stewart, J., Kub, J., Fowler, C., Lowensen, K. & Becker, K. (2015). Development of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing adult/geriatric primary care nurse practitioner program in HIV prevention, treatment and care. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 27(3), 223-233. doi:10.1016/j.jana.2015.12.006

Renda, S., Baernholdt, M. & Becker, K. (2015). An evaluation of a worksite diabetes education program for employees with diabetes at a large academic medical center. Workplace Health and Safety, 64(1), 17-23. pii: 2165079915607869

Nava, L., Zambrano, J., Arviso K., Brochetti, D. & Becker, K. (2015). Nutrition-based interventions to address metabolic syndrome in the Navajo: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24, 3024-3045. doi:10.1111/jocn.12921

Becker, K., Walton-Moss, B. & Hanyok, L. (2015). Creating your ideal primary care practice: Innovative interprofessional learning activity. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(5), 300. doi:10.3928/01484834-20150417-11

Renda, S. & Becker, K. (2015). The use of U-500 insulin for patients with severe insulin resistance: A case study. The Nurse Practitioner.

Katende, G., Groves, S. & Becker, K. (2014). Hypertension education intervention with Ugandan nurses working in a hospital outpatient clinic: A pilot study. Nursing Research and Practice. doi:10.1155/2014/710702

Velez, R., Becker, K., Davidson, T. & Sloand, B. (2014). A quality improvement intervention to address provider behavior as it relates to utilization of CA-MRSA guidelines. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23(3-4), 556-562. doi:10.1111/jocn.12684

Becker, K., Hanyok, L. & Walton-Moss, B. (2014). The turf and baggage of nursing and medicine: Moving forward to achieve success in interprofessional education. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 10(4), 240-244.

Hanyok, L.A., Walton-Moss, B., Tanner E., Stewart, R.W. & Becker K. (2013). Effects of a graduate-level interprofessional education program on adult nurse practitioner student and internal medicine resident physician attitudes towards interprofessional care. Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Szanton, S., Mihaly, L., Alhusen, J. & Becker, K. (2010). Taking charge of the challenge: Factors to consider in taking your first nurse practitioner job. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 22(7), 356-360.