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photo Becky Clarkson, PhD



Phone: 412-647-1270

Office: NE547 Montefiore Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412-647-1270
Administrative Assistant:
Beth Thomas
Address: 3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 500
Kaufmann Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-2507
Education and Training
PhD, Newcastle University, UK, 2010
MSc, Medical Physics, Leeds University, 2005
MPhys, Astrophysics, Universtiy of Manchester, 2004
Research Interest
An Instructor of Medicine, Dr. Clarkson is a physicist with experience developing clinical tests and diagnostic tools related to bladder dysfunction. Her NIH-funded research focuses on the link between the brain and the bladder in urge urinary incontinence, specifically environmental triggers of urinary leakage. In addition, she is using her expertise in medical technology to investigate brain-based therapies for urge incontinence.
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Selected Publications:
Griffiths, D., Clarkson, B., Tadic, S.D., Resnick, N.M. Brain Mechanisms Underlying Urge Incontinence and its Response to Pelvic Floor Muscle Training. Journal of Urology. 2015; 194: 708-715.
Tadic, S., Griffiths, D.J., Schaefer, W., Murrin, A., Clarkson, B., Resnick,N.M. Brain activity underlying impaired continence control in older women with overactive bladder. Neurourology & Urodynamics. 2012; 31(5): 652-658.
Clarkson, B., Griffiths, C., McArdle, F., Pickard, R., Drinnan, M. Continuous non-invasive measurement of bladder voiding pressure using an experimental constant low flow test. Neurourology & Urodynamics. 2012; 31(4): 557-563.
Gammie, A., Clarkson, B., Constantinou, C., Damaser, M., Drinnan, M., Gelejnse, G, Griffiths, D., Rosier, P., Schafer, W., Van Mastrigt, R. International continence society guidelines on urodynamic equipment performance. Neurourology & Urodynamics. 2014; 33: 370-379.
McArdle, F., Clarkson, B., Robson, W., Griffiths, C., Drinnan, M., Pickard, R. Interobserver agreement for noninvasive bladder pressure flow recording with penile cuff. Journal of Urology. 2009; 182: 2397-403.
Caffarel, J., Griffiths, C., Pickard, R, Clarkson, B., Drinnan, M. The questionable benefit of multiple free-flow studies in men with lower urinary tract symptoms. Neurourology & Urodynamics. 2009; 28 (3): 263-264.
Clarkson, B., Robson, W., Griffiths, C.J., McArdle, F., Drinnan, M., Pickard, R. Multisite evaluation of bladder pressure flow recording using the penile cuff device. Journal of Urology. 2008; 180: 2515-2521.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Investigation of the Effect of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on the Bladder
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Aging Institute of UPMC
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2019
Title: Investigation of Brain Mechanisms Involved in Situational Urgency Incontinence
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R21 AG053788
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2019
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R21 AG0643361
Start Year: 2020
End Year: 2022
Title: Investigation of brain mechanisms involved in Urgency Urinary Incontinence
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R01 AG06425
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2024
Title: Further Enhancing Treatment of Urgency Incontinence
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: R56 AG059427
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2018
Notable Achievements
ICS Urodynamic Equipment Standardization Group (Gammie A, Clarkson B, et al, "International Continence Society Guidelines on Urodynamic Equipment Performance" Neurouro Urodynam), 2014
Member, Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM, UK), 2004