Gerald Roy Patterson (1926-2016)

Thomas Dishion

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Presents an obituary for Gerald ("Jerry") Roy Patterson, who passed away on August 22, 2016. Jerry was an intellectual powerhouse who made fundamental contributions to developmental psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, prevention science, and special education. In 1965 Jerry became the director of clinical training at the University of Oregon and professor of clinical psychology. In 1967 he joined the Oregon Research Institute, where he continued to study aggression, marital conflict, and treatment. Ten years later, he founded the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC), where he remained for the duration of his career. Jerry received numerous awards for his scientific activity, including a National Institute of Mental Health Merit Award, the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award, the Presidential Award from the Society of Prevention Research, a Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association (APA), the G. Stanley Hall Award from APA Division 7 (Developmental Psychology), and a Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for Research in Child Development. (PsycINFO Database Record

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalThe American psychologist
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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