David R. Patterson is a professor of psychology in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Surgery and Psychology. David has diplomate degrees in…
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Patient Care Philosophy
I believe that every interaction with a patient can be a gift to me and I constantly strive to learn more with every interaction. I also recognize that I am a human that makes mistakes every day and can never be perfect in any situation.
One of my main philosophies in patient care is that I wish to create an environment in which the patient feels safe, protected and able to grow emotionally and physically. That involves keeping information highly confidential and learning to accept what another person brings into the treatment setting.
I played soccer on scholarship and tried out for the US Olympic team. I have coached all three of my sons in soccer and still have a son that is playing premier in the NW region. I am a drummer and had a 7 piece band called the Shrinking Heads. However, they were all better musicians than I was. I like hiking, kayaking and walking my chocolate lab.
Dr. Patterson has been conducting clinical research in rehabilitation psychology, adjustment to trauma and pain control. He is internationally known for his work in clinical hypnosis. He has a particular interest in integrating mindfulness and Eastern philosophy into his clinical work.
Dr. Patterson has been conducting NIH funded studies on pain control after burn injuries and trauma since the 1980s. He has worked closely with Hunter Hoffman, Ph.D., on the use of immersive virtual reality for pain control. Dr. Hoffman and Patterson's work received international media attention, including major USA news networks. However, Dr. Patterson's work on virtual reality is only in the research area and is not used in his clinical practice.
|Florida State Univ., Psychology Department||Medical education||1982
|Emory University Program SOM Faculty Office Building||Fellowship||Medical Psychology||
|Oregon Health & Science University||Residency||Medical Psychology||
|Univ. of Southern California||Internship||
|Univ. of Southern California(BEFORE 1971 ONLY)||Internship||