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Human Development and Family Science
University of Arkansas
Physical and mental health, technology use, substance use, sexual behavior
Adolescents, young adults, rural youth
Dr. Becnel is an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Becnel received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science from Arizona State University. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Becnel was an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Becnel’s research is focused on adolescent and young adult risk and resilience and physical health, with specific focus on substance use and sexual behavior among youth experiencing overweight, obesity, and severe obesity. Dr. Becnel’s current research explores the role of technology in youth sexual communication and potential associations with mental health, physical health, and other risk behaviors. In addition, she is interested in how adults — parents, educators, health care providers — communicate with teens regarding technology and sexual development, health, and relationships.