Education Advisory Committee Chair
Neuropsychologist, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle Division
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine
Doctoral 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 Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Her primary clinical responsibilities include providing neuropsychological evaluations for Veterans ranging in age from early 20s through 90s, who present with a wide range of complex neurological, medical, and psychiatric conditions. She also serves as the attending neuropsychologist for the multidisciplinary Geriatric TREC (Triage Rapid Evaluation Clinic) Team at the VA. Her primary clinical interests include the evaluation and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. In particular, she enjoys working with patients, families, and caregivers, providing education, coping strategies, and cognitive interventions for changes associated with course of the disease.
Her research interests include both neurologic and rehabilitation populations respectively, including disparities in neuropsychological assessment with under-represented populations as well as neurocognitive and neuroanatomical correlates of neurodegenerative disorders. Most recently, Dr. Dean has served as a co-investigator on two NIH funded projects investigating biomarkers and trajectories associated with Dementia with Lewy Bodies.
Dr. Dean serves on several national neuropsychology professional organizations and committees that largely carry a focus of education, training, mentorship, supervision, and professional advocacy. After serving for three years on the SCN Education Advisory Committee, she stepped in as Chair in August 2020. She is also the Co-Chair for the SCN Program Committee for 2020-2021 and will Chair the committee for 2021-2222. Dr. Dean serves on the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) Publications Committee and she co-chairs the Travel Scholarship and Mentorship subcommittees for the AACN Student Advisory Committee (SAC). Additionally, she is a practice sample reviewer for the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) and she serves on the BRAIN (Be Ready for ABPP In Neuropsychology) leadership team, organizing oral exam study groups for candidates pursing the final stage of board certification. Dr. Dean serves as a mentor for graduate students through the SAC as well as for peers going through the board certification process through ABCN. She also is the Science Co-Editor for the INS Member Newsletter.