Dr. Deborah Gideon is a dually trained Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist with 30 years’ experience who uses a respectful, caring, patient-centered approach to diagnose brain disorders and to identify the best approaches to treatment and rehabilitation. 

Dr. Gideon’s Educational Background

  • Post-Doctoral Training in Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Virginia Medical Center
  •  Internship in Neuropsychology/Clinical Psychology, University of Florida Medical Center
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Auburn University

Highlights of Dr. Gideon’s Past Professional Positions

  •  University of Virginia Medical Center, Associate Director of Neuropsychology Services
  • University of Houston, Teaching Faculty for Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology Programs
  • Emory University Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Clinical andResearch Faculty
  •  Iowa City VA Medical Center, Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Alaska Native Medical Center, Clinical Neuropsychologist

Special Influences in Dr. Gideon’s Professional Development

  • During her tenure at the University of Virginia Medical Center, UVAMC was the first site to identify and study the effects of concussion and mild traumatic brain injury in sports.
  • While on the faculty at the University of Houston, her role was to integrate the training of the Divisions of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology.
  • On the faculty of Emory University Medical School, she conducted PET brain neuroimaging research on facial emotion and nonverbal communication, continuing her doctoral research.
  • During the Iraq War, she provided veterans with Neuropsychological Evaluations for traumatic brain injuries and Psychotherapy for PTSD at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City.

Research Highlights

  • Gideon, D.A. (2009).  Cognitive-social strategies for Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation.  Published in NeuroRehabilitation, 25 (2009) 93–100.  In this paper, Dr. Gideon discusses the role of the brain in emotions and social communication and present case examples of my work with individuals and couples using neuropsychotherapy.
  •  Kilts, C.D., Egan, G., Gideon, D.A., Ely, T.D., Hoffman, J.M. (2003). Dissociable neural pathways are involved in the recognition of emotion in static and dynamic facial expressions. NeuroImage, 18(1), 156-68.  Dr. Gideon’s PET Neuroimaging research at Emory University Medical Center.
  • Editorial Review Board, Psychological Services, November 2011 to present,

During the total of 13 years Dr. Gideon has worked in Anchorage, Alaska, she has served as a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Educator in these settings:

  •  Providence Medical Center
  •  Alaska Native Medical Center
  • University of Alaska Anchorage Psychology and Biomedical Departments
  • Alaska Pacific University Psychology and Clinical Psychology Programs
  • Independent Private Practice

Dr. Gideon’s Professional Organizations

  •  Alaska Psychological Association, Director of Continuing Education
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association Practice Organization
  •  International Neuropsychological Society
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology

Dr. Gideon’s Practice Philosophy

I respect my patients' desires not only to understand their cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges but to have tools to adjust to these changes and help to use those tools.

Dr. Gideon’s Personal Interests

Hiking and canoeing in the great Alaskan outdoors, photography, gardening, playwriting and playing piano.