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, parent-training forms of intervention, and multiple-method measurement with emphasis on direct observation of family interaction. His work at OSLC expanded the theoretical and empirical foundation for coercion theory, which provided a firm basis for the later development of GenerationPMTO. Recently, he has been involved in applying data from randomized GenerationPMTO intervention trials to demonstrate experimentally that the causal mechanisms underlying aggression are in keeping with the tenets of the coercion model. 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 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

When Do Families Change?

An Interview with Jerry Patterson and Marion Forgatch​