Dr. April Becker
University of North Texas
Behavior Analysis
(940) 565-4071
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Education

BS, Colorado State University, 2015.
Major: Zoology
Dissertation Title: Mobbing Calls of Black-Capped Chickadees: Effects of Urgency on Call Production
MS, University of North Texas, 2015.
Major: Behavior Analysis
Degree Specialization: Animal Training, Cultural Analysis
Dissertation Title: “Psychological Appetite” or Schedule-Induced Deprivation
PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2015.
Major: Neuroscience
Dissertation Title: Targeting Cholinergic Neuromodulation in Stroke Recovery

Professional Memberships

Society for Neuroscience. (May 2013 – Present).

American Heart Association. (2013 – Present).

Association for Behavior Analysis, International. (2008 – Present).

Development Activities Attended

Conference Attendance,"National Science Foundation Grants Conference," National Science Foundation, New Orleans, LA, United States of America. (November 8, 2018November 9, 2018).

Workshop,"Grants Workshop for Graduate Students," UNT, United States of America. (September 24, 2018September 24, 2018).

Conference Attendance,"Association for Behavior Analysis, International Annual Convention," Association for Behavior Analysis, International, United States of America. (May 2018).

Workshop,"College of Science Foundation Funding Workshop," University of North Texas, United States of America. (April 18, 2018).

Conference Attendance,"Think Tank V on Behavior and Culture," University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis, United States of America. (April 2, 2018April 4, 2018).

Conference Attendance,"The Art and Science of Animal Training 10th Annual Conference," University of North Texas, United States of America. (March 23, 2018March 27, 2018).

Workshop,"Getting Started on Research and Grants," University of North Texas, United States of America. (March 21, 2018).

Conference Attendance,"Texas Association for Behavior Analysis Conference," Texas Association for Behavior Analysis, United States of America. (March 8, 2018March 11, 2018).

Workshop,"How to Write Winning Grant Proposals," University of North Texas, United States of America. (February 16, 2018).

Conference Attendance,"International Stroke Conference," American Heart Society, United States of America. (January 2018).

Workshop,"Research Discovery Workshop," University of North Texas, United States of America. (December 1, 2017).

Conference Attendance,"Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2017," Society for Neuroscience, United States of America. (November 2017).

Workshop,"Getting Started on Research and Grants," University of North Texas, United States of America. (November 9, 2017).

Teaching

Teaching Experience

University of North Texas
BEHV 3440, Data Collection and Analysis, 5 courses.
BEHV 4900, Special Problems, 1 course.
BEHV 5000, Observation and Measurement of Behavior and Environment, 3 courses.
BEHV 5250, Topics in Behavior Analysis, 1 course.
BEHV 5815, Practicum, 5 courses.
BEHV 5950, Master's Thesis, 1 course.
BEHV 6140, Advanced Strategies and Tactics in Behavior Analytic Research, 1 course.

Non-Credit Instruction

Other, 21. (August 27, 2018December 15, 2018).

Other, 9. (August 27, 2018December 14, 2018).

Other, 24. (January 16, 2018May 11, 2018).

Other, 7. (January 16, 2018May 11, 2018).

Other, 6. (August 28, 2017December 15, 2017).

Directed Student Learning

Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Behavior Analysis. (September 2018 – Present).

Major Professor, Behavior Analysis. (June 2018 – Present).

Supervised Research, Behavior Analysis. (January 2018 – Present).

Supervised Research, Other - Outside UNT. (2015 – Present).

Major Professor, Behavior Analysis. (August 2018December 2018).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (July 2018).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (June 2018).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (June 2018).

Undergraduate Honors Thesis,"Imaging and Quantifying the Response of Cholinergic Projections from the Nucleus Basalis of the Cortex after Cortical Stroke," Other - Outside UNT. (2017).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (November 2017).

Internship Advisor, Other - Outside UNT. (2015).

Internship Advisor, Other - Outside UNT. (2013).

Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Other - Outside UNT. (2013).

Research

Published Intellectual Contributions

Journal Article
Becker, A., Meyers, E., Sloan, A., Rennaker, R., Kilgard, M., Goldberg, M. P. (2016). An automated task for the training and assessment of distal forelimb function in a mouse model of ischemic stroke.. Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 258, 16-23.
Ortu, D., Becker, A., Woelz, T. A., Glenn, S. S. (2012). An iterated four-player prisoner’s dilemma game with an external selecting agent: A metacontingency experiment. Other. 44(1), 111–120. Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz.
BAKER, M. C., Becker, A. (2002). MOBBING CALLS OF BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES: EFFECTS OF URGENCY ON CALL PRODUCTION. Other. 114(4), 510-516. Wilson Ornithological Society. http://dx.doi.org/10.1676/0043-5643(2002)114[0510:mcobcc]2.0.co;2

Presentations Given

Betz, D. (Author & Presenter), Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Goldberg, M. P. (Author), International Stroke Conference, Motor Recovery after Transient Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion May be Impacted by the Disruption of Nucleus Basalis-Cortical Cholinergic Pathways, American Heart Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America. (20192019).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Koremura, Y. (Author & Presenter), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Convention, Can the Concept of Metacontingency and the Performance Matrix Inform One Another?, United States of America. (2018).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Annual Convention, Inter-Individual Variation and Individual Behavior Development: Phylogenetic and Ontogenetic Factors, United States of America. (2018).

Becker, A. (Author), Cran, S. (Author & Presenter), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Convention, Historical Research Highlights From Intersectional Pharmacological and Neuroscientific Fields, United States of America. (2018).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Betz, D. (Author), Goldberg, M. (Author), International Stroke Conference, Chemogenetic Activation of Cholinergic Neurons in the Mouse Nucleus Basalis During Stroke Recovery, American Heart Association, United States of America. (2018).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Research Discovery Workshop, Neuromodulatory brain stimulation paired with real-time automated behavioral assessment to enhance recovery from brain injury, University of North Texas, United States of America. (2017).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Betz, D. (Author & Presenter), Goldberg, M. (Author), Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Chemogenetic activation of cholinergic neurons in the nucleus basalis during stroke recovery, Society for Neuroscience, United States of America. (2017).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Betz, D. (Author), Goldberg, M. (Author), UT Southwestern Medical Center Neuroscience Retreat, Cholinergic Neuromodulation in Stroke Recovery, UT Southwestern Medical Center, United States of America. (2017).

Becker, A. (Panelist), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Annual Convention, Disseminating Behavior Analysis: Novel Applications and Additional Avenues, Association for Behavior Analysis, International, United States of America. (2016).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Ortu, D. (Author & Presenter), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Annual Convention, The Concept of The 'Whole' Organism in Behavioral Neuroscience, Association for Behavior Analysis, International, United States of America. (2016).

Becker, A. (Author), Ganzer, P. (Author & Presenter), Meyers, E. (Author), Solorzano, B. R. (Author), Adcock, K. S. (Author), Robertson, N. M. (Author), James, J. T. (Author), Ruiz, A. (Author), Goldberg, M. P. (Author), Pruitt, D. T. (Author), Moy, J. K. (Author), Hassler, S. N. (Author), Price, T. J. (Author), Lane, M. A. (Author), Gluf, W. M. (Author), Kilgard, M. P. (Author), Rennaker, R. L. (Author), Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Enhancing plasticity and recovery following spinal cord injury, Society for Neuroscience, United States of America. (2016).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Betz, D. (Author), Goldberg, M. (Author), Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Strength vs precision: What does the mouse automated reach task assess?, Society for Neuroscience, United States of America. (2016).

Becker, A. (Author), Betz, D. (Author & Presenter), Goldberg, M. (Author), Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Visualizing reorganization of cholinergic projections from the nucleus basalis after photothrombotic stroke., Society for Neuroscience, United States of America. (2016).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Goldberg, M. (Author), TxFreshAir Grand Challenges in Neuroscience Roundtable, The automated reach task measures deficits in distal forelimb precision in mice following photothrombotic stroke, TxFreshAir, United States of America. (2016).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Goldberg, M. (Author), UT Southwestern Medical Center Neuroscience Retreat, The automated reach task measures deficits in movement precision following photothrombotic stroke, UT Southwestern Medical Center, United States of America. (2016).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Annual Convention, Neuromodulation, Brain Plasticity and Behavior Analysis, Association for Behavior Analysis, International, United States of America. (2015).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Goldberg, M. (Author), UT Southwestern Medical Center Neuroscience Retreat, The necessity of cholinergic innervation from the Nucleus Basalis for stroke recovery, UT Southwestern Medical Center, United States of America. (2015).

Becker, A. (Chair), Becker, A. (Discussant), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Annual Convention, Experimental Data from Cultural Lab of Universidade de Brasilia: Inequality of Individual Reinforcer, Metacontingencies Concurrents and Nature of Individual and Cultural Consequences, Association for Behavior Analysis, International, United States of America. (2014).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Goldberg, M. (Author), Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, The effects of targeted intracerebral saporin injection on recovery from stroke, Society for Neuroscience, United States of America. (2014).

Becker, A. (Panelist), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Annual Convention, Behavioral Approaches to Complexity and Generativity, Association for Behavior Analysis, International, United States of America. (2013).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Meyers, E. (Author), Goldberg, M. (Author), Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, An automated reach task for mouse research in ischemic stroke, Society for Neuroscience, United States of America. (2013).

Becker, A. (Author), Larson, E. (Author & Presenter), Self, D. (Author), Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Selective activation of the nucleus accumbens shell to lateral hypothalamic pathway enhances “depressive-like” behavior on the forced swim test., Society for Neuroscience, United States of America. (2012).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Ortu, D. (Author), Glenn, S. (Author), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Annual Convention, Cultural Consequences and the Iterated Prisoners' Dilemma Game: Understanding Metacontingency, Association for Behavior Analysis, International, United States of America. (2011).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Rosales-Ruiz, J. (Author), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Annual Convention, Schedule-Induced Deprivation: Maintaining Reinforcer Efficacy at High Body Weights, Association for Behavior Analysis, International, United States of America. (2011).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Rosales-Ruiz, J. (Author), The Art and Science of Animal Training, Schedule-Induced Deprivation: Maintaining Reinforcer Efficacy at High Body Weights, University of North Texas, Department of Behavior Analysis, United States of America. (2011).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Kellerstedt, B. G. (Author), Rosales-Ruiz, J. (Author), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Annual Convention, The Role of the Existing Repertoire in the Generation of Novel Behavior (new data)-, Association for Behavior Analysis, International, United States of America. (2010).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Rosales-Ruiz, J. (Author), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Annual Convention, “Psychological Appetite” or Schedule-Induced Deprivation, Association for Behavior Analysis, International, United States of America. (2010).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Ortu, D. (Author), Glenn, S. (Author), European Association for Behavior Analysis, An Iterated N-Players Prisoner's Dilemma Game with an External Selecting Agent: A Metacontingency Experiment, Greece. (2010).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Ortu, D. (Author), Glenn, S. (Author), Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis Conference, Metacontingency control in an Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma Game affects group behavior after the removal of the metacontingency, Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis, United States of America. (2010).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Rosales-Ruiz, J. (Author), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Annual Convention, The Role of the Existing Repertoire in the Generation of Novel Behavior, Association for Behavior Analysis, International, United States of America. (2009).

Becker, A. (Chair), Association for Behavior Analysis, International Annual Convention, The Varied Behavioral Effects of Conditioned Reinforcers Intermittently Paired with Unconditioned Reinforcers, Association for Behavior Analysis, International, United States of America. (2008).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Rosales-Ruiz, J. (Author), Snider, K. (Author), Kalafut, K. (Author), Fuerbacher, E. (Author), Drake, A. (Author), Heth, T. (Author), Muir, K. (Author), Kuhn, R. (Author), IAATE Conference, Current Behavioral Research from Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals, International Association for Avian Trainers and Educators, United States of America. (2008).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Rosales-Ruiz, J. (Author), Snider, K. (Author), Kalafut, K. (Author), Fuerbacher, E. (Author), Drake, A. (Author), Heth, T. (Author), Muir, K. (Author), Kuhn, R. (Author), Texas Association for Behavior Analysis, Current Behavioral Research from ORCA, Texas Association for Behavior Analysis, United States of America. (2008).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Baker, M. (Author), Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, Mobbing call of the Black-Capped Chickadee and predator threat: A playback experiment, Colorado State University, United States of America. (2003).

Becker, A. (Author & Presenter), Baker, M. (Author), Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, Mobbing call of the Black-Capped Chickadee: Relationship between call structure and predatory threat, Colorado State University, United States of America. (2002).

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grant - Research
Becker, A. (Supporting), Goldberg, M. P. (Principal), "Beatrice Menne Haggerty Center for Research on Brain Injury and Repair in Stroke," Other, Funded. (2013 – Present).
Becker, A. (Principal), "(Internal Limited Submission Application) Increasing the throughput and sensitivity of the cylinder test for behavioral assessment of post-stroke recovery," Sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Federal, $10000 Funded. (June 1, 2019May 31, 2020).
Grant - Teaching
Becker, A. (Other), "NIH T32 Cellular Biophysics of the Neuron Training Grant Trainee 5T32NS069562-05," Sponsored by NIH, Federal, Funded. (20132015).

Awards and Honors

2nd place Poster Presentation: UT Southwestern Neuroscience Retreat, University of Texas, Southwestern. (2015 – Present).

Douglas P. Field Graduate Research Scholarship, University of North Texas. (2010 – Present).

Outstanding Graduate Student in Behavior Analysis Award, University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis. (2010 – Present).

Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis Master’s Thesis Grant, Society for the Advancement of Behavior Ananlysis. (2010 – Present).

IAATE Annual Conference Best Poster Award, International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators. (2008 – Present).

Donald L. Whaley Memorial Scholarship, University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis. (2007 – Present).

Lucille Merchison Graduate Scholarship, University of North Texas. (2007 – Present).

National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Society of Collegiate Scholars. (2003 – Present).

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. (2003 – Present).

University Honors Scholar, Colorado State University. (2003 – Present).

Highest Distinction: Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, Colorado State University. (2002 – Present).

Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. (20082011).

UNT Grant (2 years, consecutive), University of North Texas. (20082009).

UNT Scholarships (2 years, consecutive), University of North Texas. (20082009).

University of North Texas Graduate/Summer Tuition Scholarships (2 years, consecutive), University of North Texas. (20072008).

Golden Key International Honour Society, Golden Key International Honour Society. (20002003).

Alumni Merit Scholarship, Colorado State University. (19992003).

College of Natural Sciences Dean’s Scholars Award, Colorado State University. (19992003).

College of Natural Sciences Students First Scholarship, Colorado State University College of Natural Sciences. (19992003).

Colorado Scholars Award: College of Natural Sciences, Colorado State University. (19992003).

Dean's List - 4 years, Colorado State University. (19992003).

Dean’s Scholars Award, Colorado State University. (19992003).

Distinguished Scholars Award: Colorado State University, Colorado State University. (19992003).

Presidential Scholarship: Colorado State University (annual, 3 years), Colorado State University. (19992003).

University Scholars Award: College of Natural Sciences, Colorado State University. (19992003).

Hughes Undergraduate Research Scholar’s Scholarship (annual, 3 years), Howard Hughes Medical Institute. (19992002).

Service

University Service

Committee Member, Library Committee. (August 2017 – Present).

Committee Member, Student Services Committee. (August 2017 – Present).

Attendee, Meeting, All-College Faculty Retreat. (November 29, 2018November 30, 2018).

Other, Accredation Site Visit. (September 27, 2018September 28, 2018).

Other, Freshman Mixer. (September 10, 2018September 10, 2018).

Committee Member, Postdoc Search Committee. (August 1, 2018August 29, 2018).

Other, New Student Orientation. (August 25, 2018August 25, 2018).

Student Recruiter, First Flight. (August 22, 2018August 22, 2018).

Other, Bedient scholarship application review. (May 17, 2018May 18, 2018).

Attendee, Award Ceremony, Honors Day. (April 20, 2018).

Committee Member, Faculty Search Committee. (January 2018March 2018).

Other, MS admissions. (March 2, 2018March 7, 2018).

Other, PhD Admissions. (February 23, 2018March 5, 2018).

Other, North Texas Preview. (March 3, 2018March 3, 2018).

Other, Mean Green Merit - Honors Students. (November 17, 2017).

Attendee, Convocation, Fall 2017 Convocation. (September 22, 2017).

Other, New Student Orientation. (August 26, 2017).

Attendee, Convocation, New Student Convocation. (August 24, 2017).

Professional Service

Editorial Review Board Member, Behavior and Social Issues. (September 2018 – Present).

Reviewer, Journal Article, Journal of Visualized Experiments. (November 12, 2018November 26, 2018).

Reviewer, Journal Article, Behavior and Social Issues. (September 26, 2018October 18, 2018).

Reviewer, Journal Article, Journal of Visualized Experiments. (August 13, 2018August 30, 2018).

Reviewer, Journal Article, Journal of Visualized Experiments. (April 9, 2018April 14, 2018).

Reviewer, Journal Article, Journal of Visualized Experiments. (January 19, 2018January 22, 2018).

Reviewer, Journal Article, Behavior and Social Issues. (October 1, 2017October 29, 2017).