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David A. Patterson

Dr. David A. Patterson

David A. Patterson, PhD

Director, Clinical Doctorate Program and
Cooper-Herron Endowed Professor in Mental Health Research & Practice


  • BS, Kent State University
  • MSW, PhD, University of Utah

Research Interests:

The primary focus of Dr. Patterson’s work is the application of information technology in human services. KnoxHMIS is the manifestation of this community engagement research through which Dr. Patterson and colleagues study homeless individuals and families and the outcomes of efforts to address homelessness. KnoxHMIS is the empirical window on homelessness for the City of Knoxville and Knox County, receiving almost $2.5 million in local and federal funding in the last 11 years.

Other interests: Treatment with groups, information technology applications in social work, homelessness, and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Courses Taught:

  • Evidence Based Interperson Practice with Groups (SW560)
  • Evidence Based Substance Abuse Treatment (SW 564)
  • Individual/Group Practice with Diverse Populations in Complex Systems (SW619)
  • DSW Capstone I (SW624)


David A. Patterson is the Cooper-Herron Endowed Professor of Mental Health Research and Practice, the Director of the College’s Doctor of Social Work Program, and the founding Director and Principle Investigator of the Knoxville Homeless Management Information System (KnoxHMIS). Dr. Patterson recently received the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

The primary teaching focus of Dr. Patterson’s twenty-four year academic career has been on clinical social work practice and research. He has taught clinical social work treatment with groups for 19 years, substance abuse treatment for 23 years, and conducted numerous training seminars on motivational interviewing in substance abuse treatment. He is the author of Personal Computer Applications in the Social Services (Allyn & Bacon, 2000), Data Analysis with Spreadsheets (Allyn & Bacon, 2006), as well as over 40 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is a past-President of the UT Knoxville Faculty Senate and a recent member of the UT University Faculty Council. In 2012, he participated in the MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine: 7-Day Residential Training lead by Jon Kabat-Zin and Saki Santorelli at the Omega Institute. He is engaged in ongoing efforts to infuse mindfulness practices into social work clinical education and practice.