Faculty Profile: Kent Becker

Kent Becker

School: Clinical Psychology

Curriculum Vitae

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

Ed.D., Counselor Education, 1994, University of Northern Colorado

M.A., Agency Counseling, 1990, University of Northern Colorado

B.S., Therapeutic Recreation, 1982, Oklahoma State University

Current Projects and Professional Activities

Becker, K., West, D. Hindman, T. Community-based participatory research in community mental health. Description: This qualitative research project includes adult mental health consumers as participants and co-researchers.

Roxas, K., Becker, K. & Nees, N. Photovoice: Learning the immigrant story. Description: This qualitative research project seeks to uncover the experiences of immigrant students (elementary, middle school, high school) and parents.

Zare, B. & Becker, K. Transitions and transformations: Young women negotiating past rejection towards self-acceptance and advocacy. Description: This qualitative research project is a follow-up to a 2011 photovoice project facilitated with participants in India. Interviews explore participants’ experiences as they transition from the safety and teachings of a residential placement.

Current Publications

Becker, K., Lambert, S., Reiser, K., & Covello, C. (2014). Photovoice: Conducting community-based participatory research in mental health. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. 9(2), 188-209.

Murdock, J. L., Williams, A., Becker, K., Bruce, M.A., & Young, S. (2012). Online versus on-campus: A comparison study of counseling skills courses. The Journal of Human Resource and Adult Learning, 8(1).

Seto, A., Becker, K. W. & Narang, N. (2009).  Working with Asian fathers.  In Oren, C & Oren, D. (Eds.) Counseling fathers: Practical, theoretical, and cultural perspectives. New York, NY: Routledge.

Rothaupt, J. W., & Becker, K. (2007). From decathecting to continuing bonds: A literature review of western bereavement theory. The Family Journal, 15(1), 1-10.

Seto, A., Becker, K., & Motoko, A. (2006). Counseling Japanese Men on Fathering. Journal of Counseling and Development, 18(4), 488-492.

Seto, A., Young, S., Becker, K., & Kiselica, M. (2006). Application of the Triad Training Model in a multicultural counseling course. Counselor Education and Supervision, 45(4), 304-318.

Becker, K. W. (2003).  Spirituality in teaching: Connecting with the person first.  In Kleinsasser, A., Milford, L. & Nelson, J. (Eds.) Warming up the chill: Teaching against the structure.  Laramie, WY: Ellbogen Center for Teaching & Learning.

Carson, D. K., & Becker, K. W. (2003). Creativity in psychotherapy: Reaching new heights with individuals, couples, and families. New York, NY: The Haworth Press Inc.












Important Conference Presentations

Becker, K. (2014). Photovoice: Social Justice Research and Advocacy Through a Lens of Empowerment. Presentation at the 2014 Korean Association for Multicultural Education (KAME), Seoul, South Korea.

Roxas, K. & Becker, K. (2014). Sharing our stories, lives, and hopes for school:  Engaging and empowering immigrant students and their families in the Poudre School District through Photovoice Projects. Presentation at the 2014 Korean Association for Multicultural Education (KAME), Seoul, South Korea.

Becker, K., Hindman, T., Nees, N. & West, D. (2013). Discovering Our Researcher Voice as Community-Based Participatory Researchers. Presentation at the 2013 American Association for Counselor Education Supervision Conference, Denver, CO.

Becker, K., Nolte, M. & Amat, I. (2011). Electronic portfolios: Helping shape tomorrow’s leaders in counselor education. Presentation at the 2011 American Association for Counselor Education Supervision Conference, Nashville, TN.

Becker, K., Robertson, K., Reiser, M. & Lambert, S. (2009). Photovoice: Mental health consumer advocacy and participatory research through the lens. Learning Institute at the 2009 American Counseling Association Conference, Charlotte, NC.


Research Interests

  1. Photovoice within mental health communities
  2. Use of community-based participatory research

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

  1. Helping students understand their options within the counseling profession.
  2. Supporting students in co-creating a successful academic experience.
  3. Providing students with meaningful and supportive professional feedback.
  4. Helping students transition from their academic role to that of a professional counselor.

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling