Raymond S. Dean Fund for Graduate Student Research
Dr. Raymond S. Dean ("Ray") was born in Troy, NY shortly after World War II. Ray served many roles - father, neuropsychologist, professor, mentor, and friend. Dr. Dean's impact on those who knew him was substantial, ranging from his mentorship to students and junior faculty members. Those who knew Dr. Dean knew he was quick with advice, support - and the "occasional" witty comment.
He served his patients as a neuropsychologist for nearly 40 years, and shaped the field of neuropsychology as a scholar for nearly as long. However, teaching and mentoring may have been his greatest professional passions. After spending time in the late 1970's and early 1980's at places such as Washington University School of Medicine, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and University of WIsconsin, Dr. Dean came to Ball State where he served as the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Neuropsychology and Director of the Neuropsychology Laboratory from 1984 until his passing in 2015.
Ray has left a legacy of faculty colleagues and former students who continue to serve the field through their work. However, Dr. Dean's family has helped extend this impact by sponsoring the Raymond S. Dean Fund for Graduate Student Research. Thanks to their generous start, we are within a few thousand dollars of ensuring that the Fund is established and enduring for the life of the department.
This year for One Ball State Day, the Department of Educational Psychology is calling upon all former students, all friends and colleagues of Ray, and anyone who was impacted by the School Psychology Program over the past 35 years to help us ensure that this important resource to support students will continue for years to come.
The fund is used to support student travel to conferences, purchasing research materials and testing protocols for applied and theoretical research. Without these funds, graduate students would either be pressed to cover expenses out of pocket (and we all know graduate student pockets are rather empty!!) - or the work would not be completed.