Jennifer Edwards Becan

Associate Research Scientist

Ph.D., Experimental Psychology
Texas Christian University

E-mail address:
j.becan@tcu.edu

Jennifer Becan, Ph.D. joined the IBR in 2006. She has served as Investigator and Principal Investigator on several large-scale research projects as funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to further understanding of substance abuse treatment processes; intervention adaptation and effectiveness; and role of contextual factors and implementation strategies in quality improvement of substance use services. She currently serve as Principal Investigator on two NIDA projects, (1) Mapping Approaches to Prepare for Implementation Transfer (MAP-IT; R21) to test preliminary efficacy of an intervention that promotes skill development among leadership and frontline staff for ongoing agency-driven deliberate preparations for implementation of evidence-based practices, and (2) Substance Use and Health Risk Intervention (SUHRI, R34) to test feasibility of a unique, tablet-based health risk-reduction and motivational enhancement intervention for youth on juvenile supervision that ultimately can be implemented to teach and encourage positive, prosocial, and healthy behavior choices, and encourage initiation of substance use and related health services. Additionally, Dr. Becan serves as Co-Investigator on the Family Assessment, Motivation, and Linkage Intervention (FAMLI) to develop and test a caregiver-youth intervention that targets motivation for change (for example, how to recognize and overcome a problem) and logistical challenges (for example, how to find help when you need it). Finally, she serves as Investigator/Project Director for the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN), a five year project to increase access to and retention in behavioral health and medications for opioid use disorder treatment among adults involved in the justice system. Dr. Becan’s research endeavors have culminated in five New Investigator Travel Awards, two from NIAAA, two from NIDA, and one from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence; as well as multiple opportunities to serve as grant reviewer for NIH and SAMHSA.

Journal Publications

Becan, J.E., Bartkowski, J., Knight, D.K., Wiley, T., DiClemente, R., Ducharme, L., Welsh,    W., Bowser, D., McCollister, K., Hiller, M., Spaulding, A. C., Flynn, P. M., Swartzendruber, A., Dickson, M., Fisher, J. H., & Aarons, G. A. (2018). A Model for Rigorously Applying the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, and Sustainment (EPIS) Framework in the Design and Measurement of a Large Scale Collaborative Multi-site Study. Health and Justice, 6:9. DOI: 10.1186/s40352-018-0068-3.

Joe, G. W., Becan, J. E., Knight, D. K., & Flynn, P. M. (2017). A structural model of treatment program and individual counselor leadership in innovation transfer. BMC Health Services Research, 17:230. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-017-2170.

Knight, D. K., Belenko, S., Wiley, T., Robertson, A. A., Arrigona, N., Dennis, M., Bartkowski, J. P., McReynolds, L. S., Becan, J. E., Knudsen, H. K., Wasserman, G. A., Rose, E., DiClemente, R., Leukefeld, C., & the JJ-TRIALS Cooperative. (2016). Juvenile Justice—Translational Research on Interventions for Adolescents in the Legal System (JJ-TRIALS): A cluster randomized trial targeting system-wide improvement in substance use services. Implementation Science, 11(1), 57. DOI: 10.1186/s13012-016-0423-5  [abstract]

Knight, D. K., Joe, G. W., Crawley, R. D., Becan, J. E., Dansereau, D. F., & Flynn, P. M. (2016). The effectiveness of the Treatment Readiness and Induction Program (TRIP) for improving during-treatment outcomes. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 62, 20-27.  PMCID: PMC4304896  [abstract]

Becan, J. E., Knight, D. K., Crawley, R. D., Joe, G. W., & Flynn, P. M. (2015). Effectiveness of the Treatment Readiness and Induction Program for increasing adolescent motivation for change. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 50, 38-49PMCID: PMC4304896  [abstract]

Crawley, R. D., Becan, J. E., Knight, D. K., Joe, G. W., & Flynn, P. M. (2015). Predictors of physical altercation among adolescents in residential substance abuse treatment. Deviant Behavior, 36(12), 996-1018.  PMCID: PMC4662565 [Available on 2016-10-29]  [abstract]

Knight, D. K., Dansereau, D. F., Becan, J. E., Rowan, G. A., & Flynn, P. M. (2015). Effectiveness of a theoretically-based judgment and decision making intervention for adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 1024-1038. PMCID: PMC4208977  [abstract]

Landrum, B., Knight, D. K., Becan, J. E., & Flynn, P. M. (2015). To stay or not to stay: Adolescent client, parent, and counselor perspectives on leaving substance abuse treatment early. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 24, 344-354.

Joe, G. W., Knight, D. K., Becan, J. E., & Flynn, P. M. (2014). Recovery among adolescents: Models for post-treatment gains in drug abuse treatments. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 46, 362-373.  PMCID: PMC3947115  [abstract]

Knight, D. K., Becan, J. E., Landrum, B., Joe, G. W., & Flynn, P. M. (2014). Screening and assessment tools for measuring adolescent client needs and functioning in substance abuse treatment. Substance Use & Misuse, 49(7), 902-918.  PMCID: PMC3998717  [abstract]

Knight, D. K., Becan, J. E., & Flynn, P. M. (2013, June).  The impact of staff turnover on workplace demands and coworker relationships. Counselor: A Magazine for Addiction Professionals, 14(3), 20-23.

Becan, J. E., Knight, D. K., & Flynn, P. M. (2012). Innovation adoption as facilitated by a change-oriented workplace. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 42(2), 179-190.  PMCID: PMC3268854  [abstract]

Knight, D. K., Becan, J. E., & Flynn, P. M. (2012). Organizational consequences of staff turnover in outpatient substance abuse treatment programs. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 42(2), 143-150.  [abstract]

Knight, D. K., Landrum, B., Becan, J. E., & Flynn, P. M. (2012). Program needs and change orientation: Implications for counselor turnover. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 42(2), 159-168.  PMCID: PMC3268900  [abstract]

Lehman, W. E. K., Becan, J. E., Joe, G. W., Knight, D. K., & Flynn, P. M. (2012). Resources and training in outpatient substance abuse treatment facilities. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 42(2), 169-178.  PMCID: PMC3268892  [abstract]

Edwards, J. R., Knight, D. K., Flynn, P. M. (2011). Organizational correlates of service availability in outpatient substance abuse treatment programs. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 38, 432-443.  [abstract]

Knight, D. K., Broome, K. M., Edwards, J. R., & Flynn, P. M. (2011). Supervisory turnover in outpatient substance abuse treatment. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 38, 80-90.  PMCID: PMC2888979  [abstract]

Edwards, J. R., Knight, D. K., Broome, K. M., & Flynn, P. M. (2010). The development and validation of a transformational leadership survey for substance use treatment programs. Substance Use & Misuse, 45(9), 1279-1302.  [abstract]

Knight, D. K., Edwards, J. R., & Flynn, P. M. (2010). Predictors of change in the provision of services within outpatient substance abuse treatment programs. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 16, 553-563.  PMCID: PMC2978524  [abstract]

Broome, K. M., Knight, D. K., Edwards, J. R., & Flynn, P. M. (2009). Leadership, burnout, and job satisfaction in outpatient drug-free treatment programs. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 37(2), 160-170.  PMCID: PMC2752305  [abstract]