Grace Dean, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

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 lung cancer survivors with insomnia

Teaching Responsibilities

NUR 348 Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research


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 (5 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

  • 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