Dr. Jessica L. Becraft is the Assistant Director of Clinical Outcomes in the Department of Behavior Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Becraft earned a doctoral degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from UMBC in 2017. In 2018, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Becraft also holds a master degree in Human Services Psychology with an emphasis on applied behavior analysis. She is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Maryland.
Dr. Becraft currently has a leadership role in the design, implementation, and oversight of the clinical accountability program in the Department of Behavioral Psychology. Her team focuses on evaluating and improving clinical outcomes for clients. She also develops, standardizes, and tests clinical protocols to treat child behavior problems.
Dr. Becraft’s research focuses on behavioral assessment and treatment of child problem behavior. She uses a translational approach to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of treatment in clinical practice. Specifically, she is interested in strengthening the bridge between clinical research and clinical practice. Her research has emphasized the role of parents in behavioral treatment (e.g., accuracy of parent data collection, barriers to parental adherence). Dr. Becraft is also interested the application of advanced quantitative analyses (e.g., multi-level models, meta-analyses) to single-case experimental designs.