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Brian Becker

Associate Provost, Mental Health and Well-being, Professor of Neuropsychology

Faculty Brian Becker

Brian obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in geriatric neuropsychology at the West Los Angeles Veteran Affairs Healthcare Center and the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research in the Department of Neurology at UCLA. Brian is licensed as a clinical neuropsychologist in the state of Massachusetts. At Lesley, he helps to oversee the cognitive neuroscience minor and the advanced research honors program in Psychology & Applied Therapies. His typical courses included: Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology.

Brian's research focuses on the interdisciplinary study of philosophy, religion, and psychology. As part of this work, he is associate editor of Routledge's Psychology & the Other book series, co-editor-in-chief of the recently developed Journal for Continental Philosophy of Religion, and secretary of publications for the International Network in Philosophy of Religion. His publications and recent writings focus on topics such as the relationships between the body and unconscious, economics and subjectivity, and psychological healing and religious transformation, drawing upon the works of Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Slavoj Zizek, Jean-Luc Marion, Emmanuel Falque, Claude Romano, and John Panteleimon Manoussakis.


  • Recent and Forthcoming Publications

    Becker, B. W., Manoussakis, J. P., Goodman, D. M. (Eds), Unconscious Incarnations: The Place of the Body in Phenomenology & Psychoanalysis. New York: Routledge (forthcoming).


    Becker, B. W. . From psychoanalysis to metamorphosis: The Lacanian limits of Zizek’s theology. In Sotiris Mitralexis & Dionysis Skliris (eds.), Zizek & Christianity. New York: Routledge. (forthcoming)


    Becker, B. W. (2017). Flight from the flesh: Freud’s id and ego as saturated phenomena. In Rachel Bath, Antonio Calcagno, Kathryn Lawson, and Steve Lofts (eds.), Breached Horizons: The Work of Jean-Luc Marion. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.


    Slife, B., & Becker, B. W. (2017). Strong relationality and hermeneutic realism:

    A conversation with Brent D. Slife. In Macdonald, H., Goodman, D. M., & Becker, B. W. (Eds.), Critical and Theoretical Perspectives in Psychology: Dialogues at the Edge of American Psychological Discourse. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.


    Severson, E., Becker, B. W., & Goodman, D. M. (Eds.), (2016). In the Wake of Trauma: Psychology and Philosophy for the Suffering Other. Pittsburg, PA: Duquesne University Press.


    Becker, B. W., Goodman, D. M., & Macdonald, H. (2014). A thought for giving: Toward an aneconomic relational subjectivity. Journal of Theoretical & Philosophical Psychology, 34(4).