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.
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
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics