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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 Delk
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
Dr. Clarkson is currently a Research Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Continence Research Unit. Dr. Clarkson originally trained as a physicist and her doctoral research focused on developing clinical tests and diagnostic tools related to bladder dysfunction. She has since transitioned to studying the role of the brain in 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, including transcranial direct current stimulation and de-conditioning strategies such as cue exposure and mindfulness.
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Selected Publications:
Groenendijk, I.M., Mehnert, U., Groen, J., Clarkson, B.D., Scheepe, J.R., Blok, B.F.M. A systematic review and activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis of the central innervation of the lower urinary tract: Pelvic floor motor control and micturition. PLoS One. 2021; 16(2).
Clarkson, B.D., Karim, H.T., Griffiths, D.J., Resnick, N.M. Testing a new, intensified infusion-withdrawal protocol for urinary urgency provocation in brain-bladder studies. Neurourology and Urodynamics. 2021; 40(1): 131-136.
Clarkson, B.D., O'Connell, K., Conklin, C.A. Reproducing situationally triggered urgency incontinence in a controlled environment. Neurourology and Urodynamics. 2020; 39(8): 2520-2526.
Tyagi, S., Perera, S., Clarkson, B.D., Tadic, S.D., Resnick, N.M. Nocturnal Excretion in Healthy Older Women and Rationale for a Safer Approach to Sleep Disruption. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2019; 67(12): 2610-2614.
Clarkson, B.D., Karim, H.T., Griffiths, D.J., Resnick, N.M. Functional brain connectivity in older women with urgency urinary incontinence. Neurourology and Urodynamics. 2018; 37(8): 2763-2775.
Clarkson, B.D., Griffiths, D.J., Resnick, N.M. Do Brain Structural Abnormalities Differentiate Separate Forms of Urgency Urinary Incontinence?. Neurourology and Urodynamics. 2018; 37(8): 2597-2605.
Tyagi, S., Perera, S., Clarkson, B.D., Tadic, S.D., Resnick, N.M. Nocturnal Polyuria in Older Women with Urge Urinary Incontinence: Role of Sleep Quality, Time in Bed and Medications Used. Journal of Urology. 2017; 197(3 Pt 1): 753-758.
Chai, T.C., Asfaw, T.S., Baker, J.E., Clarkson, B.D., Coleman, P., Hoffstetter, S., Konkel, K., Lavender, M., Nair, S., Norton, J., Subak, L., Visco, A., Star, R.A., Bavendam, T. Future Directions of Research and Care for Urinary Incontinence: Findings from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Summit on Urinary Incontinence Clinical Research in Women. Journal of Urology. 2017; 198(1): 22-29.
Clarkson, B.D., Tyagi, S., Griffiths, D.J., Resnick, N.M. Test-retest repeatability of patterns of brain activation provoked by bladder filling. Neurourology and Urodynamics. 2016; 36(6): 1472-1478.
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
Notable Achievements
•CNS Processing of Bladder Signals. AUS Summer Research Conference, Linthicum, MD, 2014
•International Neurourology meeting, Zurich, Switzerland, 2019
•Neurogenic Bladder Research Group Annual Meeting, Houston TX, 2019
•AUGS State of the Science Conference, Bethesda MD, 2021
•BAUS Conference, Birmingham UK, 2023
•Member: 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
•Best Non-Clinical Abstract Presentation International Continence Society Award – ICS 2011, Glasgow UK, 2011