Anne E. Becker, MD, PhD

Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Anne E. Becker, MD, PhD, is the Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). An anthropologist and psychiatrist, Becker has been lead investigator on a series of studies demonstrating the relationship between media exposure and eating pathology in the small-scale indigenous population of Fiji. In addition, Becker's National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded research has investigated the impact of rapid economic and social transition on eating pathology, suicide, and other youth health risk behaviors in Fiji. She and her co-investigator, Pere Eddy Eustache, have recently completed a school-based youth mental health pilot intervention in central Haiti with NIMH funding. Becker is founding and past director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, former associate editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and served as a member of the American Psychiatry Association's DSM-5 Eating Disorders Work Group, as well as vice chairperson of their Council on International Psychiatry. She received the 2013 Price Family Award for Research Excellence from the National Eating Disorders Association and in 2014 received the Mentorship Award in recognition of Exceptional Mentorship of Women Faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital. Becker served as vice chair of the department of global health and social medicine from 2009-2016 and is also past director of the Harvard Medical School MD-PhD social sciences program. She presently serves on the leadership council of the Harvard/Massachusetts Institute of Technology MD-PhD program.


  • MD Harvard Medical School
  • PhD Harvard University