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Dennis Dyck, Ph.D.


Dennis Dyck, Ph.D.
Phone: (509) 358-7618
Office: WSU Spokane

I am continuing to conduct clinical intervention studies for persons with chronic brain injury, dementia and psychiatric disorders. In these studies we examine improvement outcomes for person with disabilities and well as caregiver burden and health. The immediate aim is to adapt family based interventions for patients with brain injury, dementia, and schizophrenia and their caregivers. Current studies on traumatic brain and mild cognitive impairment are funded by the Department of Defense and the Alzheimer’s Association, respectively. I am also the principal investigator on the Spokane Heart Study, a 15 year naturalistic study on behavior, lifestyle, and coronary heart disease development (coronary artery calcification).

Biographical Information

Dr. Dyck is a professor of psychology at Washington State University; from 1991 to 2003, he served as the director of the Washington Institute for Mental Illness Research and Training (Eastern Branch). He holds adjunct professor appointments in the WSU Neurosciences Program and College of Pharmacy and the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dyck received his BA from Fresno Pacific College in 1969, his MA from Pepperdine University in 1970, and his PhD from the University of Oklahoma in 1973, all in psychology. Prior to coming to Washington State University in 1991, Dyck was professor of psychology at the University of Manitoba and director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program. His research interests include stress, health, and behavior, and interactive relationships among individual differences in behavior, lifestyle, and health. He has completed two clinical trials in mental health and substance treatment funded by the National Institute of Health. Dyck is also an active investigator on the federally funded project to adapt family-based interventions for veterans with traumatic brain injury. Most recently, Schmitter-Edgecombe and Dyck received an Alzheimer’s Association grant to integrate family-based treatment with cognitive rehabilitation strategies.

Relevant Recent Publications

Perlick, D, Straits-Tröster, K, Dyck, D. G. et al. (2010). Multi-family group treatment for traumatic brain injury. Professional Psychology, in press.

Rodgers, M.L., Norell, D.M., Roll J. R. & Dyck, D.G. (2007). An overview of mental health recovery. Primary Psychiatry, 14 (12), 76-85.

Rodgers, M.L., Strode, A.D., Norell, D.M., Short, R.A., Becker, B. & Dyck, D.G. (2007) Adapting Multiple-Family Group Treatment for Brain and Spinal Cord Injury: Intervention development and preliminary outcomes. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86, 482-492.

McDonell, M.G., Rodgers, M. L., Short, R. A., Norell, D., Pinter, L., & Dyck, D. G. (2007) Clinician integrity in multiple family groups: psychometric properties and relationship with schizophrenia client and caregiver Outcomes. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 31, 785-803.

McDonell, M. G., Short, R. A., Hazel, N.A., Berry, C.M., & Dyck, D. G. (2006). Multi-family group treatment of outpatients with schizophrenia: Impact on service utilization. Family Process; 45, 359-373

Ries, R.K., Dyck, D.G., Short, R.A., Srebnik, D., Fisher, A., & Comtois, K.A. (2004) Outcomes of managing disability benefits among patients with substance abuse and severe mental illness. Psychiatric Services, 55, 445-447.

McDonell, M. S. & Dyck, D.G. (2004). Multiple family group treatment as an effective intervention for children with psychological disorders. Clinical Psychology Review, 24, 685-708.

Hazel, N.A., McDonell, M.S., Short, R.A., Berry, C.M., Voss, W.D., Rodgers, M.L. & Dyck, D.G. (2004) Impact of multiple-family groups for outpatients with schizophrenia on caregivers’ distress and resources. Psychiatric Services, 55; 35-41.

Last Edited: Apr 09, 2013 10:12 AM   

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