Todd Becker, LMSW
MSW, University of Iowa
BA Spanish and French, University of Iowa
Areas of Scholarly Interest
Medical aid in dying
Wish to hasten death
Prior to joining the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s PhD program, Todd worked as a clinical social worker in a large academic teaching hospital. His areas of practice included inpatient upper abdominal transplant, inpatient cardiology, and outpatient clinics. These experiences shaped an awareness of how death informs the ways in which people engage with health systems. His dissertation research continues this line of inquiry by exploring attitudes toward medical aid in dying in hospice clinicians. Todd hopes that findings from his dissertation will inform practice and policy as medical aid in dying availability expands across the U.S.
Quantitative research methods
Quantitative data analysis
Death and dying
Becker, T. D., & Cagle, J. G. (2021). Bereavement support services in a national sample of
hospices: A content analysis. OMEGA—Journal of Death and Dying. Advance online publication.
Becker, T. D. (2021). Health care utilization as a predictor of death anxiety in older adults.
Death Studies, 46(3), 728–737. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2020.1774942