Jennifer Edwards Becan

Associate Research Scientist

Ph.D., Experimental Psychology
Texas Christian University

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

Since 2006, Dr. Becan has been intricately involved in several large-scale research projects designed by the Institute of Behavioral Research (IBR) to further understanding of substance abuse treatment processes; intervention adaptation and effectiveness; adolescent development; role of contextual factors in intervention adoption, implementation, and sustainment; and effectiveness of implementation strategies to improve quality of substance use services. Dr. Becan currently serves as Investigator on the IBR, NIDA-funded implementation science grant, “Juvenile Justice: Translational Research on Interventions for Adolescents in the Legal System” (JJ-TRIALS) and continues to further scientific and public health contributions as Investigator on the concluded 5-year NIDA-funded R01 to test strategies for enhancing motivational readiness for treatment among substance using youth. 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.

Selected Publications

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]