Counseling Psychology — MFT
Terence  Patterson

Terence Patterson, Ed.D., ABPP

Professor, Counseling Psychology

Terence Patterson is a licensed psychologist and is Board certified in Couple & Family Psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology and an APA Fellow. He also chairs the USF Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (Research). In addition to family psychology, he specializes in couple therapy, ethical issues, behavioral health, multicultural competence, theoretical orientation in psychotherapy, and has taught most recently in these in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and directed the PsyD Program in Behavioral Health. A particular interest is mentoring students from their decision to pursue a mental health career through each phase of training through licensure and beyond.

Dr. Patterson also lectures and consults with local mental health agencies and presents on ethics and couple therapy, ethics, and family psychology at local, national and international conferences. He is on the boards of three journals, and has published two books and numerous articles in his specialty areas. Dr. Patterson was President of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association in 2001, and President of the Association for Family Therapy of Northern California in 2007-08. He is currently an appointed member of the Mental Health Board of San Francisco, the Ethics Committee of the California Psychological Association, and an elected member of the American Board of Couple & Family Psychology.


MSW, University of Pennsylvania, 1971
Ed.D., Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco, CA 1983

Research Areas

Family Psychology
Ethical Issues
Theoretical Orientation in Psychotherapy
Multicultural Competence

Patterson, T. E. (2014). A Cognitive Behavioral Systems Approach to Family Therapy. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, Summer issue.
Patterson, T. E. (2013). Macroethics revisited: What is the current state of the family field. The Family Psychologist, 29, 3, pp. 26-28.
Patterson, T. E., & Sexton, T. L. (2013). Bridging Conceptual Frameworks: A Systematic Heuristic for Understanding Family Diversity. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 2, No. 4, 237-245.
Patterson, T. E. (2005). Cognitive-behavioral couple therapy in Harway, M., Handbook of Couple Therapy. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Patterson, T. E. (Ed.), (2002). Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches (Vol. 2), in Kaslow, F. W., Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Patterson, T. E. & Gottlieb, M. (2002). Ethical issues in cognitive-behavioral therapy, in Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches (Vol.2), in Kaslow, F.W., Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Patterson, T. E. (2001). Does anybody know a good couple therapist? Behavior Therapist, 24(4), 85-88.

Patterson, T. E. & Rodolfa, E.R. (2000). The Internship in psychology: Time for a change? Family Systems Research, 8 (4).

Patterson, T. E., Bievers, J. & Welch, I. D. (2000). The practitioner-scholar training model in counseling psychology. The Counseling Psychologist, 28(5).

Patterson, T. E. (1999). The couple and family clinical documentation sourcebook. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Patterson, T. E. (1998). Theoretical Unity and Technical Eclecticism: Pathways to Coherence in Family Therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy, 25(2), 97-109.