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Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Director, Neuropsychology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

Biography & Affiliation


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.

Clinical Interests

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

Research Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Clinical Psychology

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Teens and Lack of Sleep

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Teens and Lack of Sleep: The Impact and What to Do About It

By Dean Beebe, PhD, ABPP9/11/2018


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.


Selected Publication

Sleep and weight-related factors in youth: A systematic review of recent studies. Krietsch, KN; Chardon, ML; Beebe, DW; Janicke, DM. Sleep Medicine Reviews. 2019; 46:87-96.

Feasibility and impact on daytime sleepiness of an experimental protocol inducing variable sleep duration in adolescents. Van Dyk, TR; Zhang, N; Combs, A; Howarth, T; Whitacre, C; McAlister, S; Beebe, DW. PLoS ONE. 2019; 14:e0218894-e0218894.

Evolution of parental knowledge and efficacy across the pediatric neuropsychological evaluation process. Austin, CA; Gerstle, M; Baum, KT; Bradley, A; LeJeune, B; Peugh, J; Beebe, DW. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. 2019; 33:743-759.

Shortened Sleep Duration Causes Sleepiness, Inattention, and Oppositionality in Adolescents With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Findings From a Crossover Sleep Restriction/Extension Study. Becker, SP; Epstein, JN; Tamm, L; Tilford, AA; Tischner, CM; Isaacson, PA; Simon, JO; Beebe, DW. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2019; 58:433-442.

Short Sleep and Adolescents' Performance on a Concussion Assessment Battery: An Experimental Sleep Manipulation Study. Beebe, DW; Powers, SW; Slattery, EW; Gubanich, PJ. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 2018; 28:395-397.

Inducing more sleep on school nights reduces sedentary behavior without affecting physical activity in short-sleeping adolescents. Van Dyk, TR; Krietsch, KN; Saelens, BE; Whitacre, C; McAlister, S; Beebe, DW. Sleep Medicine. 2018; 47:7-10.

Communication is key: the utility of a revised neuropsychological report format. Baum, KT; von Thomsen, C; Elam, M; Murphy, C; Gerstle, M; Austin, CA; Beebe, DW. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. 2018; 32:345-367.

Feasibility and Emotional Impact of Experimentally Extending Sleep in Short-Sleeping Adolescents. Van Dyk, TR; Zhang, N; Catlin, PA; Cornist, K; McAlister, S; Whitacre, C; Beebe, DW. Sleep. 2017; 40.

Intraindividual variability of sleep/wake patterns in relation to child and adolescent functioning: A systematic review. Becker, SP; Sidol, CA; Van Dyk, TR; Epstein, JN; Beebe, DW. Sleep Medicine Reviews. 2017; 34:94-121.

Effects of Adenotonsillectomy on Parent-Reported Behavior in Children With Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Thomas, NH; Xanthopoulos, MS; Kim, JY; Shults, J; Escobar, E; Giordani, B; Hodges, E; Chervin, RD; Paruthi, S; Rosen, CL; et al. Sleep. 2017; 40.