Grace Dean, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Grace Dean

School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
301 D Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079



  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology and School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD, School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MSN, College of Nursing, California State University, Los Angeles
  • BSN, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Areas of Research

Quality of life and symptom management in patients with cancer | Currently testing interventions to improve sleep in cancer survivors with insomnia and educating health care providers in sleep disorders screening and brief interventions. 

Teaching Responsibilities

NUR 479 Advanced Clinical Seminar
NUR 701 State of the Nursing Science


Dean, G.E., Ferreira da Rosa Silva, C., Morris, J.L., Chasens, E.R. (2017). Impaired Sleep: A Multifaceted Geriatric Syndrome, Nursing Clinics of North America, 52 (3), 387-404.

Matthews, E.E., Danaher Hacker, E., Otte, J., Dean, G.E. (2017). Agenda for sleep research in older adults with cancer: A conference report. Cancer Nursing, 40, 1-8.

Weiss, C., Dickerson, S. S., Jungquist, C., & Dean, G. E. (2017). Effects of morning bright light therapy on circadian activity rhythms in lung cancer survivors. Sleep, 40(suppl_1), A258. doi:10.1093/sleepj/zsx050.695

Dean, G. E., Klimpf, M. L., Morris, J. L., & Chasens, E. R. (2016). Excessive sleepiness. In M. Boltz, E. Capezuti, T. Fulmer, & D. Zwicker (Eds.), Evidence-based geriatric nursing protocols for best practice (5th ed.) (pp. 431-442). New York, NY: Springer.

Dickerson, S. S., Jungquist, C. R., TenBrock, E., Aquilina, A.T., Smith, P., Abu Sabbah, E., Alameri, R., & Dean, G. E. (2016). Feasibility testing of a self-management program book to improve adherence to PAP in persons newly diagnosed with sleep apnea. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. doi:10.1080/15402002.2016.1228644

Dean, G.E., Abu Sabbah, E., Yingrengreung, S., Ziegler, P., Chen, H., Steinbrenner, L.M., & Dickerson, S. (2015). Sleeping with the enemy: Sleep and quality of life in patients with lung cancer. Cancer Nursing, 38 (1), 60-70. doi:10.1097/NCC.0000000000000128

Dickerson, S., Abu Sabbah, E., Ziegler, P., C Steinbrenner, L.M., Chen, H., Dean, G.E. (2015). Experiences of patients with advanced lung cancer: Being resigned to sleep-wake disturbances while maintaining hope for optimal treatment outcomes. Cancer Nursing, 38 (5).

Dickerson, S., Conner, L.M, Fayad, A., & Dean, G.E. (2014). Sleep-wake disturbances in cancer patients: Narrative review of literature on improving quality of life outcomes. Nature and Science of Sleep, 6, 85-100.

Dean, G.E., Redeker, N.S., Wang, Y.J., Rogers, A.E., Dickerson, S.S., Steinbrenner, L., & Gooneratne, N.S. (2013). Sleep, mood and quality of life in patients receiving treatment for lung cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40 (5), 441-451.

Dickerson, S., Obeidat, R., Dean, G.E., Smith, P, Jungquist, C. (2013). Development and usability testing of a self-care management intervention to support individuals with obstructive sleep apnea in accommodating to CPAP treatment. Heart and Lung, 42(5), 346-52.

Dean, G.E., Reishtein, J.L., McVey, J., Ambrose, M. Burke, S.M., Haskins, M. & Jones, J. (2013). Implementing a dedicated education unit: A practice partnership with oncology nurses. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17 (2), 208-210.

Dickerson, S., Abu Sabbah, E., Ziegler, P., Chen, H., Steinbrenner, L.M., & Dean, G.E. (2012). The experience of a diagnosis of advanced lung cancer: Sleep is not a priority when living my life. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39 (5), 492-499.

Carey, M.A., Sl-Zaiti, S., Dean, G.E., Sessassana, L., & Finnell, D.F. (2011). Sleep problems, depression, substance use, social bonding and quality of life in professional firefighters. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 53 (8), 928-933.

Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Scholar, Augusta University, College of Nursing, Augusta, GA, March 3, 2016 
  • Invited Participant, NIA-AGS Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Aging: New Avenues for Improving Brain Health, Physical Health and Functioning, Bethesda, MD. October 4-6, 2015
  • Jean Kimber Brown Faculty Scholar Grant, University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, 2015
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, 2014
  • March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Finalist, Research Category, 2013