Chavis Patterson is a licensed Clinical Psychologist whose work focuses on stressors that put children, couples, and families at risk for future difficulties. He received his master and doctoral degrees from the American University in Washington D.C. and completed his internship at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. He has worked with families and their adolescents at Temple University’s Center for Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, and the NorthEast Treatment Centers. Dr. Patterson has conducted classes on parenting and has presented nationally on topics such as family and parental relationships, coping with a chronic illness, and non-medical alternatives to pain management. He has also provided psychosocial training for staff to care for children who have a chronic illness.
Dr. Patterson has been working with colleagues, Drs. Barakat, Robinson, and Dampier in the areas of transition, psychotherapeutic support, and resilience in children with sickle cell disease (SCD) and their families. Moreover, he has examined the relationships among appraisals, coping, and psychological adjustment related to SCD in adolescents and their primary caregivers and healthy siblings. Including multiple respondents in the family offers Dr. Patterson and his colleagues more information about familial coping styles and appraisals as well as the child’s environment and familial issues. It is hoped that this information will be used to develop interventions to teach parents and their children positive and active coping strategies and appraisals styles.
In addition to his research, Dr. Patterson currently works at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the Newborn / Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU). He is responsible for oversight of the provision of expert psychosocial care to the families as they cope with the complexities associated with having a child in a N/IICU. He functions as an administrative leader, educator, and researcher within the N/IICU’s interdisciplinary team.
In addition to his work at CHOP, he is a member and on the executive board of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists. Dr. Patterson is also on the Board of Directors for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter and Dragonfly Forest, Inc - an overnight camp for children with chronic illnesses.