Jerry Patterson

Gerald R. Patterson, Ph.D., OSLC founder and Senior Scientist Emeritus

Dr. Patterson is well known for his pioneering work in three major areas in psychology: a theory of aggression, family intervention through parent training, and models using multiple-method measurement with emphasis on direct observation of interpersonal interaction. He brought together a team of collaborators at Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC), which he co-developed with John Reid. Patterson and his group expanded the theoretical and empirical foundation for coercion theory and the social interaction learning model, which provide the foundation of GenerationPMTO. He was involved in the design and testing of randomized GenerationPMTO intervention trials to evaluate causal mechanisms underlying aggression and other family outcomes. His numerous awards include the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota, an honorary doctorate from the University of Norway in Bergen, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Research in Aggression, the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology from the APA, and a Merit award from the National Institute of Mental Health for excellence in research. In addition to more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, he authored or coauthored several books: Families, Living with Children, Coercive Family Process, Families with Aggressive Children, Parents and Adolescents, Antisocial Boys, and Antisocial Behavior. For more information about Jerry, please visit his website at http://geraldrpatterson.com/

 Achievement Award from the International Society for Research in Aggression, the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology from the APA, and a Merit award from the National Institute of Mental Health for excellence in research. In addition to more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, he has authored or coauthored several books: Families, Living with Children, Coercive Family Process, Families with Aggressive Children, Parents and Adolescents, Antisocial Boys, and Antisocial Behavior. For more information about Jerry, please visit his website at http://geraldrpatterson.com/

When Do Families Change?

An Interview with Jerry Patterson and Marion Forgatch​