Dr. Martin Swanbrow Becker

Associate Professor
Dr. Martin Swanbrow Becker

Contact Information

Office Location
3206B Stone Building
(850) 645-1293

Dr. Marty Swanbrow Becker is an Associate Professor of Psychological and Counseling Services in the Educational Psychology and Learning Systems Department at Florida State University. His current research examines the personal and contextual factors that influence the progression of adolescents and young adults along a distress and suicidal continuum of experience with a focus on stress, coping, resilience, help seeking, and diversity of background. He also explores the efficacy of suicide prevention interventions and applies the knowledge gained to design and deliver programs to reduce the prevalence of suicidal experiences among adolescents and young adults.

Dr. Swanbrow Becker has published several peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, the Journal of College Counseling, the Archives of Suicide Research, and the Journal of Specialists in Group Work.

In his position as an Associate Professor at FSU, Dr. Swanbrow Becker teaches courses such as Evidenced-Based Counseling / Psychotherapy, Introduction to Counseling Theories and Techniques, Practicum in Counseling and Rehabilitation, and Individual Appraisal in Counseling. He is professionally affiliated with the American Psychological Association and the Society of Counseling Psychology.

He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Counseling Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013.

Research Areas

  • The efficacy of suicide prevention and wellness-supporting programming.
  • Understanding and preventing the progression of youth along a distress and suicidal continuum of experience with a focus on stress, coping, resilience, help seeking and cultural influences.
  • Clinical implications for addressing the mental health needs of young adults in multicultural environments.
  • Promoting college student and young adult development.


Dr. Swanbrow Becker is currently working with a team of students on suicide prevention research. You can learn more about the team and their research initiatives here.