Dean Beebe is a pediatric neuropsychologist who is interested in the impact of medical conditions on children's neuropsychological functioning. He has ongoing investigations into several topics:
- The effects of sleep and sleep pathology on the brain and on neuropsychological functioning of children and adolescents
- The impact of experimental sleep restriction on adolescents’ health-related behaviors, including driving safety, dietary intake, and physical activity
- Sleep and neuropsychological functioning among children with neurological illnesses (e.g., epilepsy) or injuries (e.g., traumatic brain injury), or with medical conditions that can affect the brain (e.g., lupus)
- The relationship between sleep development and neuropsychological development across childhood
- Improvement of care delivery in the clinical practice of pediatric neuropsychology
Dr. Beebe is also interested in professional development issues and service to the profession. He directs the postdoctoral residency / fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Cincinnati Children’s, has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), developed the website for Be Ready for ABPP In Neuropsychology (BRAIN), a study support network dedicated to helping qualified neuropsychologists achieve board certification through the American Board of Professional Psychology and American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP / ABCN), and co-authored a book on how to become board certified through ABPP/ABCN. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, is on the editorial board for Child Neuropsychology, SLEEP, and Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and is an ad-hoc reviewer for a number of other journals. He directs the Neuropsychology Program within the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, and 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.