Associate Professor of Social Work Emerita


Patterson, F. and Co-Pi, Supriya Serchan, MSW. (2017). Nepali Speaking Bhutanese Elder Study, Journal of Gerontological  Social Work.  Revising

Patterson, F. (2016). Julia’s Voyage, (an autobiographical children’s book) with illustrations by Sienna Fontaine, BSW.  Currently seeking a publisher.

Patterson, F. (2012). Grief and Growth: Six Babies’ First Year and Peter’s Last, Endings & Beginnings issue, Communities: Life in Cooperative Culture.  Issue 157 (57-59, 75).

Patterson, F. (2010). Review of S.E. Bell, DES Daughters (2009), Embodied Knowledge and the Transformation of Women’s Health Politics. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, May 2010, 25(10): 199-200.

Patterson, F. (8/10). Manuscript review of Integrating Cultural Competency in South Korean Social Work Education.  For the International Social Work Journal. Also second review of same article on 8/5/11.

Beauchemin, J & Patterson, F. (2008). Mindfulness meditation may lessen anxiety, promote social skills, and improve academic performance among adolescents with learning disabilities. Complementary Health Practice Review, 13(1): 34-45.

Patterson, F. (2007) Review of Dossa, P. ,  2004,  Politics and poetics of migration: Narratives of Iranian women from the diaspora.   Affilia: The Journal of Women and Social Work, 22 (1): 126-12.

Patterson, F.(2005).  Exploring aging through intergenerational and cross-cultural narratives. The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. Special Issue on Gerontology, 105-119.

Patterson, F. (2004). Motivating students to work with elders: A strengths, social construction, human rights and social justice approach.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work , 24 (3/4): 165-181.

Patterson, F. (2004). Policy and practice implications from the lives of aging international migrant women. International Social Work, 47(1): 25-37.

Patterson, F. (2004).  Still vibrant and active past age eighty five: A life story which has inspired my career focus .  Reflections, 10(2): 52-61.

Patterson, F. (2003). Heeding new voices: Gender related herstories of Asian and Caribbean born elders.  Affilia: The Journal of Women and Social Work, 18(1):68-79.

Awards and Recognition

  • Jackie M. Gribbons Award for Extraordinary Service, College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont (2013)
  • Levin Award for outstanding doctoral student, chosen by the faculty. School of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania (1997)

Associations and Affiliations

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • ACSW (Academy of Certified Social Workers)
Fiona Patterson

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Social Work policy
  • Aging and disabilities


  • D.S.W from University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S.W from University of Pennsylvania


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