Associate Professor, Education & Coordinator of Special Education Programs
Patricia earned her PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and has been a Program Chairperson for special education programs at the University of LaVerne for 27 years. Prior to coming to the University of LaVerne, she was a principal for Los Angeles County Office of Education. Her schools provided services for learners identified as having emotion challenges and behavior disorders. She learned from and taught such learner for 15 years prior to her principalship.
Patricia’s current writing interests are in the area of the history of words and their impact of current social behavior and understanding and in the mytho-poetics of inter and intra –relationships She considers her area of educational expertise positive behavior support and curriculum design. Whether teaching about the origin stories of words, positive behavior support or delivering culturally responsive instruction her guiding principle is to honor the essence and genius of each individual. Her recently co-authored book, Seeing in the Dark: Wisdom Works by Black Women in Depth Psychology (2017), is a testimony to the importance of honoring the uniqueness of perspective that can contributes to a meaningful whole. She seeks to honor unique perspectives in neuro-diverse learners, their teachers and families and the communities in which they live.