- community health, addiction, organizational change, professional development, American Indians & Alaska Natives, racial & ethnic minorities, dissemination & implementation research, community-engaged research & practice
David A. Patterson, Silver Wolf (Adelv unegv Waya), has over 15 years of experience in providing clinical, addiction-related services. He investigates best practice implementation in human services organizations, specifically investigating worker and organizational characteristics and their roles in implementing and disseminating empirically-supported treatments.
Dr. Patterson is the director of the Community-Academic Partnership on Addiction (CAPA), which works with six St. Louis-based organizations to bring science to addiction services. He also studies factors that improve underrepresented minority college students’ academic success. He is specifically interested in Native American/American Indian health and wellness, particularly on issues related to college retention.