Dr. Patterson is recognized statewide and nationally as an expert in the fields of substance abuse and mental health. She received her bachelors and masters degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Alcohol and Drug Education Rehabilitation Program and doctorate in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University. In addition to being a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in TN, she is a National Association of Addictions Professionals (NAADAC) certified Masters Addictions Counselor and Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. She also holds a certification as a Doctoral Addictions Counselor through the National Association of Forensic Counselors.
Dr. Patterson is qualified by the State of TN as a Clinical Supervisor for Alcohol & Drug Counselor licensure. She has worked as a counselor and program administrator in treatment programs in Virginia and Tennessee for almost 35 years, provides program consultation, professional training, clinical supervision and client education and counseling. She has conducted professional training locally, statewide and nationally for more than 25 years on addictions, mental health, professional counseling issues, dialogue, cultural proficiency and professional development. She is a Mental Health First Aid Trainer. She is also a federal grant reviewer for SAMHSA.
She is past chair of NAADAC's clinical issues committee, a past member of the ethics committee, is a member of the NAADAC Trainers Academy, a NAADAC approved trainer and provides training as part of "Trainings by NAADAC". Additionally, she is a past NAADAC SE Regional Vice President. She is a past president of TAADAC, NAADAC state affiliate member organization, and Middle TN TAADAC. In 2005 she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award by TAADAC and in 2006 she received the Mel Schulstad award, NAADAC's national Professional of the Year award. She has many years of experience in coalition building, community collaborations, grant writing collaboration and state conference planning. She was the conference chairperson for the MTAADAC statewide conference for 5 years and the chairperson for the 2006 National Journey Together conference when NAADAC joined TN for their annual conference. She continues to serve on the Journey Together Conference Committee.
Dr. Patterson currently works part time for the Nashville Davisdon County Sheriff's office as a clinical supervisor for program staff who are working toward their Alcohol and Drug Counselor license. She also provides professional training for clinical and programs staff.