Gerald R. Patterson, Ph.D.

Emeritus Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Gerald R. Patterson, Ph.D., OSLC founder and Senior Scientist Emeritus, 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 the Oregon Model of Parent Management Training (PMTO™). Recently, he has been involved in applying data from randomized PMTO 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, 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 co-authored several books: Families, Living with Children, Coercive Family Process, Families with Aggressive Children, Parents and Adolescents, Antisocial Boys, and Antisocial Behavior.

Selected Publications

  • Granic, I., & Patterson, G. R. (2006). Toward a comprehensive model of antisocial development: A systems dynamic systems approach. Psychological Review, 113, 101-131.

  • Patterson, G. R. (1982). Coercive family process. Eugene, OR: Castalia.

  • Patterson, G. R. (1995). Orderly change in a stable world: The antisocial trait as a chimera. In J. M. Gottman (Ed.), The analysis of change (pp. 84-l00). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

  • Patterson, G. R. (2005). The next generation of PMTO models. The Behavior Therapist, 28, 25-32.

  • Patterson, G. R., DeBaryshe, B. D., & Ramsey, E. (1989). A developmental perspective on antisocial behavior. American Psychologist, 44, 329-335.

  • Patterson, G. R., & Yoerger, K. (1997). A developmental model for late-onset delinquency. In D. W. Osgood (Ed.), Motivation and delinquency. (pp.119-177). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

  • Patterson, G. R., & Yoerger, K. (2002). A developmental model for early- and late-onset antisocial behavior. In J. B. Reid, J. Snyder & G. R. Patterson (Eds.), Antisocial behavior in children and adolescents: A developmental analysis and model for intervention, (pp. 147-172). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.