Member, Education Advisory Committee
VA Puget Sound, Seattle Division
University of Washington, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington, School of Medicine
Doctorate program: Gallaudet University, Washington DC
Internship: James A. Haley Veteran Hospital, Tampa, Fl; Neuropsychology Track
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Dr. Dean is a board certified Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Puget Sound VA Hospital, Seattle Division, and an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Her clinical responsibilities involve providing neuropsychological evaluations for Veterans ranging in age from early 20s through their 90s, who present with a wide range of complex neurological, medical, and psychiatric conditions. Her primary clinical interests include the evaluation of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, disorders under the Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration Spectrum, Primary Progressive Aphasia, and Dementia with Lewy Bodies.
Her research interests include both neurologic and rehabilitation populations respectively, including disparities in neuropsychological assessment with minority populations as well as neurocognitive and neuroanatomical correlates of neurodegenerative disorders. Most recently, Dr. Dean has been working on a collaborative research project with the Lewy Bodies Consortium study as a co-investigator. Dr. Dean is proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and has provided neuropsychological evaluations to pre/post lingually Deaf adults.
Dr. Dean serves on several national Neuropsychology professional organizations and committees that largely carry a focus of trainee and peer support. She is on the AACN Publications Committee, the Student Advisory Committee (SAC), and she is a Regional Representative for the Board Promotions Committee. She recently joined the BRAIN leadership team, and she is a Practice Sample reviewer for ABCN. Dr. Dean also serves as a mentor both for graduate students through the SAC as well as for peers going through the board certification process through ABCN. She also is the Assistant Science Editor for the INS Member Newsletter.
Dr. Dean began serving on the EAC this past year because of her interests in mentorship, supervision, and advocacy and support of students and trainees throughout their training in Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Dean is a member of the training faculty in the Seattle VA Neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship and APA accredited predoctoral internship programs. She also provides brief supervision to Psychiatry residents and fellows.