Dr. April Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas.
She received her B.S. from Colorado State University, where she studied behavioral ecology and songbird vocalizations under Dr. Myron Baker. After working in various zoos and aquariums as an animal trainer, presenter, and caretaker, she came to Texas to earn her M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, working with Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and Dr. Sigrid Glenn studying animal training, motivation, creativity and cultural contingencies.
Dr. Becker earned her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where her work with Dr. Mark Goldberg focused on behavioral recovery from brain injury and the use of plasticity-modulating pathways to augment rehabilitation. Dr. Becker’s current research and activities are aimed at better understanding the relationship between brain and behavior and developing better applications of behavioral and neuroscience principles in varied scenarios including clinical brain injury rehabilitation.