Alumni Honorees

Brett J. DeaconBrett J. Deacon

M.A. Psychology, 1999
Ph.D. Psychology, 2002


Though a relatively new alumnus, Dr. Brett Deacon has already distinguished himself as a researcher, teacher, and artist.

He has published nearly 50 scientific articles and book chapters related to anxiety disorders, clinical trials, and clinical treatment. This level of productivity is highly unusual for an assistant professor in the field of psychology. Indeed, he has received an “Extraordinary Merit in Research” citation from the Department of Psychology at the University of Wyoming. Moreover, he has also emerged as an outstanding teacher, twice receiving a “Top Ten Teacher” award from the University. 

Before joining the faculty at the University of Wyoming, Deacon completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He served his predoctoral internship at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Deacon has been director of the University of Wyoming Psychology Clinic since 2007 and has been on the Clinical Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America since 2006.  He is also a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Beyond his demonstrated excellence in the academic realm, Deacon has become a respected nature photographer as well. His large format images of western landscapes and national parks reveal a profound artistic talent and appreciation for the environment.