Betsy Becker, PT, DPT, PhD, CLT-LANA

Chair, Department of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Program Director and Associate Professor

Division of Physical Therapy Education
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984420 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4420
402-559-5053
Twitter: @bjbecko 
Email

Academic Appointments
Chair, Department of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Allied Health Professions: 2020-present
Program Director, Division of Physical Therapy Education: 2019–present
Associate Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, University of Nebraska Medical Center: January 2019-present
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, University of Nebraska Medical Center: January 2013-2018

Degrees/Certifications
PhD: Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (Preventative and Societal Medicine) UNMC, 2018
Medical Education Research Certificate, American Academy of Medical Colleges, 2018
DPT: University of South Dakota, 2014
MPT: Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC, 1999
Credentialed Clinical Instructor: American Physical Therapy Association, 2002
Certified Lymphedema Therapist: Lymphology Association of North America, 2001

Primary Teaching Responsibilities
Cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema
Critical Inquiry (PHYT 640): qualitative research methods content
Musculoskeletal PT (PHYT 605): cancer rehabilitation content

Research Interests: faculty career development and professional networks (social network analysis), educational using technology, cancer rehabilitation and physical activity

Peer-Reviewed Publications:
Becker BJ
, Shope R, Willett GM, Von Essen S, Kennel V. Early Career Physical Therapy Faculty
Connecting with Others for Scholarly Activity: A grounded theory study. Journal of Physical
Therapy Education. 35(1);3-11, 2021. Doi: 10.1097/JTE.0000000000000161

Webster T, Honeycutt K, Becker BJ, Haggar FL, Kennel VL, McBrien SB. Fix Your Leaky Faculty Pipeline: Support Women in Pursuit of Advanced Degrees. Medical Science Educator. Published online 1/13/2021. doi.org/10.1007/s40670-020-01184-9

Billings HA, Hall ER, Gas BL, McDonald P, Becker BJ, Michael K, Moore PA, Nickol DR. Quality Indicators of IPE Recourses: Creation of a Checklist for Design and Evaluation Using a Modified Delphi Process. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice. 2020;21, Dec 2020 in print, available online Aug 5, 2020, doi.org/10.1016/j.xjep.2020.100353.

Becker BJ, Sayles H, Woehler M, Rost T, Willett GM. An Investigation of Professional Networks and Scholarly Productivity of Early Career Physical Therapy Faculty. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2019;33(2):94-102. doi: 10.1097/JTE.0000000000000094.

Becker BJ, Rutt K, Huntley A, Sayles H, Michael K. Student and Faculty Perceptions of Live Synchronous Distance Education for Allied Health Students Following Program Expansion to a Rural Campus. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2018 Oct 15;16(4), Article 9. Doi. 10.46743/1540-580X/2018.1777 https://nsuworks.nova.edu/ijahsp/vol16/iss4/9/

Eisenhauer CM, Hageman PA, Rowland SA, Becker BJ, Barnason S, Pullen CH. Acceptability of mHealth Technology for Self-Monitoring Eating and Activity among Rural, Men. Public Health Nursing. 2016: 0737-1209, doi: 10.1111/phn.12297.

VanGerpen RE, Becker BJ. Development of an Evidence-Based Exercise and Education Cancer Recovery Program. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2013;17: 539-543. PMID: 24080053, doi: 10.1188/13.CJON.539-543

Other publications:
Becker BJ. (2019). Make Valuable Connections: Don’t just grow your network. In L. Love & M. Blusys (Eds.), THRIVE: Success strategies for the modern-day faculty member (p 76). Omaha, NE: Office of Faculty Development, University of Nebraska Medical Center. Retrieved from https://www.unmc.edu/facdev/about/reports.html

Davies HD, Love LM, Becker BJ, Fial AV, Jones TL, Moore PA, Magee ML, Liu HY, Gold J. Training Healthcare Providers of the Future. Academic Health Center Best Practices of the Association of Academic Health Centers, 6/2018. https://www.aahcdc.org/Member-Center/Case-Study/Training-Healthcare-Providers-of-the-Future/Creating-Interactive-Engaged-Interprofessional-Health-Science-Teaching

Books Published:
Bernardo LM, Becker BJ. Integrating Physical Activity into Cancer Care: An evidence-based approach. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society; 2017 ISBN 978-1-935864-91-2.

Chapters in Books:
Robertson E, Becker BJ. Evolving Expertise in Evidence-Based Practice and Contemporary Considerations. In Musolino GM, Jensen GM, Clinical Reasoning and Decision-Making in Physical Therapy: Facilitation, Assessment and Implementation. Slack Publishing. 2019 ISBN 978-1-63091-408-0.

Becker BJ. Early Career Faculty Development: Maximizing Social Capital for Meaningful Clinical Reasoning. In Musolino GM, Jensen GM, Clinical Reasoning and Decision-Making in Physical Therapy: Facilitation, Assessment and Implementation. Slack Publishing. 2019 ISBN 978-1-63091-408-0.

Westlake F, Newell A, Becker BJ. Creating and Evaluating Physical Activity Programs. In Bernardo LM, Becker BJ. Integrating Physical Activity into Cancer Care: An evidence-based approach. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society; 2017 ISBN 978-1-935864-91-2.

Westlake F, Newell A, Becker BJ. Assessing Readiness for Physical Activity: Physical Considerations. In Bernardo LM, Becker BJ. Integrating Physical Activity into Cancer Care: An evidence-based approach. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society; 2017 ISBN 978-1-935864-91-2.

Westlake F, Newell A, Becker BJ. Assessing Motivation and Readiness for Physical Activity. In Bernardo LM, Becker BJ. Integrating Physical Activity into Cancer Care: An evidence-based approach. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society; 2017 ISBN 978-1-935864-91-2.

Becker BJ, Huffman O, Tisher K, McCormick K. Physical Activity Resources and Support Groups for Cancer Survivors. In Bernardo LM, Becker BJ. Integrating Physical Activity into Cancer Care: An evidence-based approach. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society; 2017 ISBN 978-1-935864-91-2.

Published eLearning Computer-Based Educational Materials
Fuchs RH, Buxton E, Drey A, Becker BJ. Clinical Reasoning Using the International Classification of Functioning. 2019. UNMC E-Gallery

Becker BJ, Majerus T, Johnson M, Sleddens N. Range of Motion Examination of the Shoulder. e-Learning module, 2015. UNMC E-Gallery

Becker BJ, Majerus T, Johnson M, Sleddens N. Range of Motion Examination of the Lumbar and Thoracolumbar Spine. e-Learning module, 2015. UNMC E-Gallery

Becker BJ, Majerus T, Johnson M, Sleddens N. Range of Motion Examination of the Knee, Ankle, Foot. e-Learning module, 2015. UNMC E-Gallery

Becker BJ, Majerus T, Johnson M, Sleddens N. Range of Motion Examination of the Hip.
e-Learning module, 2015. UNMC E-Gallery

Becker BJ, Majerus T, Johnson M, Sleddens N. Range of Motion Examination of the Elbow, Wrist and Hand. e-Learning module, 2015. UNMC E-Gallery

Becker BJ, Majerus T, Johnson M, Sleddens N. Range of Motion Examination of the Cervical Spine. e-Learning module, 2015. UNMC E-Gallery

Becker BJ, Johnson M. Range of Motion Examination of the Cervical Spine using an Avatar. e-Learning module, 2015.

Presentations - invited and peer-reviewed
Selected presentation materials and handouts available at the UNMC Digital Commons.

Completed Grant Support
Co-Primary Investigator for Improving Student Wellness and Success: An Interprofessional Approach to Exploring Social and Psychological Capital in Allied Health Programs, funded by the College of Allied Health Professions Interprofessional Education Grant, 8/2019 – 8/2021

Primary Investigator for Early Career Faculty LINK: Leveraging Individual Network Knowledge, funded by the College of Allied Health Professions Pilot Research Grant and the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2016-2018

Primary Investigator, Blending Learning of Range of Motion using eLearning Modules, funded by the UNMC College of Medicine Educational Support Grant

Co-Investigator, Feasibility of Using Technology to Promote Self-Monitoring for Healthy Eating and Activity in Rural Men in Northeast Nebraska, funded by SAHP UNMC Pilot Research Grant Program

Co-Investigator, Multidisciplinary Simulation Scenario Project, Funded by the US Department of Education (Perkins), PI:  Jill Sand, Southeast Community College 2014-2016    

Primary Investigator Range of Motion Examination of the Shoulder E-Learning Module, funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UNMC, 2014-2015

Primary Investigator Range of Motion Examination of the Spine E-Learning Module, funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UNMC, 2014-2015

Service
National & International

State of Nebraska

Clinical Experience
Primarily women’s health, cancer and lymphedema