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About Dean Deborah Deas


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Meet Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H.

Mark and Pam Rubin Dean of the School of Medicine
Chief Executive Officer for Clinical Affairs

Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H. joined the University of California, Riverside as the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean of the School of Medicine and Chief Executive Officer for Clinical Affairs in May, 2016.

Previously, Deas was the interim dean of the College of Medicine and professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. During her tenure, she served as senior associate dean for medical education, chief academic officer, associate dean for admissions, and led the College of Medicine’s committee on accreditation by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education.

She has also been active with the Association of American Medical Colleges, serving in a leadership role nationally on several initiatives in medical education, student affairs, faculty affairs, diversity and inclusion, and women in medicine.

Deas earned her B.S. in biology from the College of Charleston in 1978 and her M.P.H. from the University of South Carolina in 1979. She earned her M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1989. She completed both her residency in psychiatry in 1992 and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry in 1994 from the Medical University of South Carolina. Deas also completed a fellowship in adolescent substance abuse research with the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in 1994.

She is board certified in adult psychiatry, child/adolescent psychiatry and addiction psychiatry.

Deas completed the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at the Drexel University College of Medicine in 2006. The program is a year-long, part-time fellowship for women faculty intended to develop professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in the modern health care environment. Deas also completed the Association of American Medical Colleges Executive Training Program for Deans and Interim Deans.

Deas is a fellow with the American College of Psychiatrists and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. She is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Deans and as well as the Group on Diversity and Inclusion, the Group on Education Affairs, and the Group for Student Affairs. Other affiliations include the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Ad Hoc Committee on Editorship and Publications, the American Psychiatric Association Council on Addiction, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the National Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Public Health Association, the Research Society on Alcoholism, and the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism.

Her research interests include pharmacotherapy and psychosocial treatments of adolescents and adults with substance use disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and anxiety disorders. She has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals and won multiple awards and honors for her work.


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