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
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
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
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,
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.