Staff: David Dean Jr., PhD, MS

David Dean

David Dean Jr., PhD, MS

Program Director
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David Dean Jr. (Chipper), Ph.D., M.S., is a Program Director in the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB).

Dr. Dean is a developmental-health psychologist with interests in the psychological and social determinants of health risk and protective behavior and behavioral health. Most recently, Dr. Dean conducted behavioral health and child development research and policy work related to vulnerable populations at IBM Watson Health, providing subject matter expertise to CMS's Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and the SAMHSA Center for Financing Reform and Innovation.

Prior to IBM, he served as a behavioral research scientist and Chief of the Analysis and Services Research Branch in the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) at SAMHSA, where he directed the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices and managed the CBHSQ research portfolio on the behavioral health of vulnerable populations, particularly adolescents and young adults, sexual and gender minorities, and American Indians-Alaska Natives. Dr. Dean came to SAMHSA from Bucknell University where he served as Assistant Professor of Health Psychology. He began his career in psychology and health behavior as a children's targeted case manager and high school teacher in his home state of Florida.

Dr. Dean completed his B.S. in psychology (with a minor in music) and M.S. in mental health counseling at Stetson University. He earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology at Columbia University, and completed an NIAID postdoctoral fellowship in psychology and public health at the University of Washington.

Current and/or past BRP mentors include Kelly Blake.

Current and/or past BRP mentees include George Kueppers.

Research Areas

  • Human Development and Behavioral Health (Mental Health and Substance Use)
  • Health Risk and Protective Behavior and Health Behavior Theory
  • Health Equity and Social Determinants Of Health
  • Health Services Research and Policy
  • Intervention Development and Evidence-Based Practice

Selected Publications and Presentations

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