SPOKANE, Wash. — Dennis Dyck, professor of psychology and director of the Washington Institute for Mental Illness Research and Training at Washington State University Spokane, has been named associate dean for research at the campus.

Bill Gray, campus executive officer and dean, in making the appointment cited Dyck’s track record as a scholar and success in obtaining significant grant funding as factors in the decision. “Under his leadership, Dennis and the colleagues in his research unit have brought in approximately $10 million in grants and contracts to Spokane,” said Gray.

Before coming to Spokane, Dyck received international recognition for his work on the communication pathways between the brain and the immune system. Currently his work on family education and support for persons with schizophrenia and related disorders is similarly recognized. He has received numerous awards including the 1994 WSU Spokane Faculty Excellence Award and the RH Institute Award for Scientific Merit at the University of Manitoba.

Dyck succeeds C. Harold Mielke, M.D., who served in the position for more than nine years. Mielke continues in his role as director of the Health Research and Education Center at WSU Spokane. Gray praised Mielke’s leadership in research on the early detection of cardiovascular disease. His work represents an important contribution in science and medicine, and will benefit from his full-time focus, according to Gray.