Todd Becker headshotTodd Becker, LMSW
Becker CV

Previous Education

MSW, University of Iowa
BA Spanish and French, University of Iowa

Areas of Scholarly Interest

Death anxiety 
Medical aid in dying 
Wish to hasten death 
Palliative sedation 


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. 

Teaching Interests 

Quantitative research methods 
Quantitative data analysis 
Death and dying 

Selected Publications 

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.