Gerald R. Patterson

Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient

College of Education and Human Development, November 12, 1998

Dr. Gerald Patterson obtained his Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota in 1956. He currently is the Director of the Oregon Social Learning Center and is considered the world's leading expert on the family origins of aggression and delinquency in children and youth. His theoretical and empirical work dealing with the origins of aggression constitutes the world's most widely cited body of evidence concerning the development of aggression. In addition, Dr. Patterson has performed the even more difficult feat of devising effective interventions to prevent the cycling of aggression and violence in the lives of children. He has received distinguished scientific contribution awards from such varied groups as the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the International Society of Research on Aggression. He has also been recognized with a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavior Sciences and his work has attracted substantial and consistent support from the National Institute of Mental Health for more than three decades. The All-University Honors Committee strongly endorsed the awarding of an Outstanding Achievement Award to Dr. Gerald R. Patterson.

Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.