David R. Patterson Ph.D.

 David  R. Patterson Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Pain Medicine, Psychology, Rehabilitation Medicine




Primary Location

Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic at Harborview

410 9th Ave., 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 


David R. Patterson, Ph.D., has practiced psychology at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for 30 years, where he founded the rehabilitation psychology consult service and developed expertise in pain control and recovery from physical trauma, burn injuries and other forms of disabilities. He is also internationally known for his work in clinical hypnosis.

Dr. Patterson earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Florida State University, Tallahassee; did his internship at the University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles; and completed fellowships at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and at Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland.

Dr. Patterson has conducted NIH funded studies on pain control since the 1980s. He has also conducted clinical research in rehabilitation psychology, and studied the use of immersive virtual reality for pain control.

Dr. Patterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Personal Interests

Dr. Patterson is a drummer and once led a seven-piece band called the Shrinking Heads. He enjoys hiking, kayaking and walking his chocolate Labrador Retriever.


Florida State Univ., Psychology DepartmentMedical education1982

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