Dean W. Beebe, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Director, Neuropsychology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336

Fax 513-636-7756



Outcome and development of children with brain injuries; outcome and development of children neurodevelopmental disorders; sleep and neurobehavioral functioning; professional development of emerging leaders

Dean Beebe, PhD, is director of the Neuropsychology Program in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. He is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with specialty expertise in the evaluation and care of children who have chronic medical and neurological conditions, as well as those with both recent and remotely-acquired brain injuries. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, co-leading the Pediatric Special Interest Group within the AACN. In these positions he has a particular interest in the development of junior-level clinical neuropsychologists to become future leaders of the field.

Although his primary research interests lie at the interface of pediatric sleep medicine and clinical neuropsychology, Dr. Beebe has been principal or co-investigator on multiple NIH-funded clinical trials, both with healthy volunteers and with children who have a wide range of conditions, including lupus, cardiac transplant, brain tumor, epilepsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, lead exposure, and obstructive sleep apnea.

Beyond his own research, Dr. Beebe is an associate editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and is on the editorial board for Child Neuropsychology and SLEEP.  Finally, Dr. Beebe is scientific co-director of the Behavioral Core of the Clinical Translational Research Center at Cincinnati Children's, which facilitates the design and execution of scientifically-strong neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental outcome studies by other investigators across the institution.

PhD: Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 1998.

Fellowship: Pediatric Neuropsychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1998-2000.

Certifications: Clinical Psychology, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1999; Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology, American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, 2005.

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Beebe DW, Rausch J, Byars KC, Lanphear B, Yolton K. Persistent snoring in preschool children: predictors and behavioral and developmental correlates. Pediatrics. 2012 Sep;130(3):382-9. 

McNally KA, Shear PK, Tlustos S, Amin RS, Beebe DW. Iowa gambling task performance in overweight children and adolescents at risk for obstructive sleep apnea. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2012 May;18(3):481-9.

Beebe DW. A brief primer on sleep for pediatric and child clinical neuropsychologists. Child Neuropsychol. 2012;18(4):313-38.

Zelko F, Beebe D, Baker A, Nelson SM, Ali A, Cedeno A, Dina B, Klein-Gitelman MS, Ying J, Brunner HI. Academic outcomes in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 Aug;64(8):1167-74.

Beebe DW, Miller N, Kirk S, Daniels SR, Amin R. The association between obstructive sleep apnea and dietary choices among obese individuals during middle to late childhood. Sleep Med. 2011 Sep;12(8):797-9.

Beebe DW. Cognitive, behavioral, and functional consequences of inadequate sleep in children and adolescents. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2011 Jun;58(3):649-65.

Beebe DW, Ris MD, Kramer ME, Long E, Amin R. The association between sleep disordered breathing, academic grades, and cognitive and behavioral functioning among overweight subjects during middle to late childhood. Sleep. 2010 Nov;33(11):1447-56.

Beebe DW, Rose D, Amin R. Brief report: performance of experimentally sleep-restricted adolescents in a simulated classroom. J Adolesc Health. 2010 Nov;47(5):523-5.

LeJeune B, Beebe D, Noll J, Kenealy L, Isquith P, Gioia G. Psychometric support for an abbreviated version of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) Parent Form. Child Neuropsychol. 2010 Mar;16(2):182-201.

Beebe DW, Difrancesco MW, Tlustos SJ, McNally KA, Holland SK. Preliminary fMRI findings in experimentally sleep-restricted adolescents engaged in a working memory task. Behav Brain Funct. 2009 Feb 19;5:9.

Sleep Disordered Breathing in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Consultant. National Institute of Nursing Research. 2011-2015.