Dean W. Beebe, PhD, ABPP

Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Director, Neuropsychology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-3489

Fax 513-636-7756



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


Impact of childhood sleep pathology on neuropsychological functioning; experimental sleep manipulation in adolescents; impact of shortened sleep on adolescent mood, cognition, executive functioning, driving safety, dietary intake, and physical activity; quality improvement in neuropsychological care delivery and reports

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Dean Beebe, PhD, ABPP, is director of the Neuropsychology Program in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. He is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology and a board-certified subspecialist in pediatric neuropsychology. His specialty expertise is 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 has served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), and currently serves on committees of the AACN, the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, Sleep Research Society, and International Neuropsychological Society. In these positions he has a particular interest in the development of junior-level clinical neuropsychologists to become future leaders of the field. He is the training director for the postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Cincinnati Children’s, and enjoys mentoring young professionals both within and outside of the subdiscipline.

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 boards for Child Neuropsychology, SLEEP, and Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Finally, Dr. Beebe is scientific director of the Neuro-behavioral Evaluation in Science Team (N-Best), a research resource that facilitates the design and execution of scientifically-strong neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental outcome studies by other investigators across Cincinnati Children’s.

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. Subspecialty Certification in Pediatric Neuropsychology by ABPP/ABCN, 2014.

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Garner AA, Miller MM, Field J, Noe O, Smith Z, Beebe DW. Impact of Experimentally Manipulated Sleep on Adolescent Simulated Driving. Sleep Medicine. 2015;16:796-799.

Baum K, Desai A, Field J, Miller L, Rausch J, Beebe DW. Sleep restriction worsens mood and emotion regulation in adolescents. Journal of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry. 2014;55:180-190.

Beebe DW, Simon S, Summer S, Strotman D, Dolan LM. Dietary Intake Following Experimentally Restricted Sleep in Adolescents. Sleep. 2013;36:827-834.

Beebe DW. Cognitive, Behavioral, and Functional Consequences of Inadequate Sleep in Children and Adolescents. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2011;58:649-665.

Beebe DW, Ris MD, Kramer M, 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;33:1447-1456.

Beebe DW, Fallone G, Godiwala N, Flanigan M, Martin D, Schaffner L, Amin R. Feasibility and behavioral effects of an at-home multi-night sleep restriction protocol for adolescents. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2008;49:915-933.

Beebe DW. Neurobehavioral Morbidity Associated With Disordered Breathing During Sleep in Children: a Comprehensive Review. Sleep. 2006;29:1115-1134.

Beebe DW, Ris MD, Armstrong FD, Fontanesi J, Mulhern R, Holms E, Wisoff JH. Cognitive and Adaptive Outcome in Low-Grade Pediatric Cerebellar Astrocytomas: Evidence of Increased Risk in National Collaborative Research Studies (CCG 9891/POG 9130). Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2005;23:5198-5204.

Beebe DW, Groesz L, Wells C, Nichols A, McGee K. The neuropsychological effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): A meta-analysis of norm-referenced and case-controlled data. Sleep. 2003;26:298-307.

Beebe DW, Gozal D. Obstructive sleep apnea and the prefrontal cortex: Towards a comprehensive model linking nocturnal upper airway obstruction to daytime cognitive and behavioral deficits. Journal of Sleep Research. 2002;11:1-16.

Sleep Restriction and the Adolescent Diet: Impact and Mechanisms. Principal Investigator. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Sep 2014-Jul 2018. R01 HL120879.

Deficient Sleep Lung Function, and Functional Outcomes in Adolescents with Asthma. Co-Investigator. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Nov 2014-Oct 2018. R01 HL119441.

A Multi-Method Investigation to Distinguish Sluggish Cognitive Tempo from ADHD. Mentor. National Institute of Mental Health. Sep 2015–Aug 2020. K23 MH108603.

Treatment of sleep disturbances in school-age children with Down Syndrome. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Child Health and Development. Aug 2015-Jun 2017. R21 HD082307.

Factorial Design to Improve Sleep Hygiene in Patients and Families Undergoing Stem Cell Transplantation. Co-Investigator. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Jul 2015–Jun 2017.

Sleep-wake disturbances and physical and psychological health in adolescents with spina bifida. Consultant. National Institute of Child Health and Development. Jun 2014–May 2016. F31 HD079270.

Elucidating the Role of Sleep in Glycemic Control and Neurobehavioral Functioning in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes. Consultant. American Diabetes Association. Jul 2013-Jun 2016.

Driving after Childhood TBI: The Impact of Distraction. Co-Investigator. Ohio Emergency Medical Services. Jul 2015-Jun 2016.

Sleepy Teens as Novice Drivers (STAND): Does Better Sleep Improve Adolescent Driving Skills? Principal Investigator. Ohio Emergency Medical Services. Jul 2015-Dec 2015.

Impact of Concussion on Adolescent Driving Skills. Co-Investigator. Ohio Emergency Medical Services. Jul 2015-Dec 2015.