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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Tess Patterson

PositionSenior Lecturer, Head of Behavioural Science
DepartmentDepartment of Psychological Medicine (DSM)
QualificationsBA PGDipArts PhD(Otago)
Research summaryClinical research on sexual abuse, sexual offending, forensic interviewing, alcohol and drug disorder
TeachingConvenor ELM2, Second- , Third- , Fourth- , Fifth-Year Medicine, CBT for registrar programme, Masters and PhD research supervision
Memberships
  • Member, New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Member, New Zealand Psychologist Board
  • Vice-Chair and founding Trustee, Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust - Otago

Research

Dr Patterson’s research interests are in applied clinical and forensic psychology domains. Her research interests focus on three broad areas:

  • childhood sexual abuse, the impact of sexual abuse, treatment, and investigative interviewing of those who may have been sexually abused
  • harmful sexual behaviour and sexual offending, the developmental pathways to adolescent harmful sexual behaviour ,and male versus female sexual offending
  • alcohol and drug treatment outcomes, evaluation of treatment programmes, and relapse and recovery

Dr Patterson’s research interests in sexual abuse and offending are mirrored in her clinical work. Since 2010 she has worked as a specialist clinical psychologist assessing and treating adolescents and adults who have sexually harmed or offended. In this role she advises and informs legal practitioners, courts, Corrections, CYF social workers, teachers, other practising psychologists / psychiatrists, is called upon as a court witness, and provides comprehensive risk assessments. She is also an ACC registered health provider.

Publications

Rapsey, C. M., Scott, K. M., & Patterson, T. (2019). Childhood sexual abuse, poly-victimization and internalizing disorders across adulthood and older age: Findings from a 25-year longitudinal study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 244, 171-179. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.10.095

Patterson, T., Hobbs, L., McKillop, N., & Burton, K. (2019). Disparities in police proceedings and court sentencing for females versus males who commit sexual offences in New Zealand. Journal of Sexual Aggression. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13552600.2019.1581281

Patterson, T., Macleod, E., Hobbs, L., Egan, R., Cameron, C., & Gross, J. (2018). Measuring both primary and secondary outcomes when evaluating treatment effectiveness in alcohol and drug treatment programmes. Clinical Psychologist. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/cp.12156

Rapsey, C., Campbell, A., Clearwater, K., & Patterson, T. (2017). Listening to the therapeutic needs of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0886260517701453

Macleod, E., Woolford, J., Hobbs, L., Gross, J., Hayne, H., & Patterson, T. (2017). Interviews with children about their mental health problems: The congruence and validity of information that children report. Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 22(2), 229-244. doi: 10.1177/1359104516653642

Journal - Research Article

Rapsey, C. M., Scott, K. M., & Patterson, T. (2019). Childhood sexual abuse, poly-victimization and internalizing disorders across adulthood and older age: Findings from a 25-year longitudinal study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 244, 171-179. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.10.095

Patterson, T., Hobbs, L., McKillop, N., & Burton, K. (2019). Disparities in police proceedings and court sentencing for females versus males who commit sexual offences in New Zealand. Journal of Sexual Aggression. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13552600.2019.1581281

Patterson, T., Macleod, E., Hobbs, L., Egan, R., Cameron, C., & Gross, J. (2018). Measuring both primary and secondary outcomes when evaluating treatment effectiveness in alcohol and drug treatment programmes. Clinical Psychologist. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/cp.12156

Rapsey, C., Campbell, A., Clearwater, K., & Patterson, T. (2017). Listening to the therapeutic needs of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0886260517701453

Macleod, E., Woolford, J., Hobbs, L., Gross, J., Hayne, H., & Patterson, T. (2017). Interviews with children about their mental health problems: The congruence and validity of information that children report. Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 22(2), 229-244. doi: 10.1177/1359104516653642

Glue, P., Courts, J., Gray, A., & Patterson, T. (2016). Influence of law changes affecting synthetic cannabinoid availability and frequency of hospital presentations: 4-year national survey. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1433), 41-44. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Woolford, J., Patterson, T., Macleod, E., Hobbs, L., & Hayne, H. (2015). Drawing helps children to talk about their presenting problems during a mental health assessment. Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 20(1), 68-83. doi: 10.1177/1359104513496261

Patterson, T., Rapsey, C. M., & Glue, P. (2013). Systematic review of cognitive development across childhood in Down syndrome: Implications for treatment interventions. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 57(4), 306-318. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01536.x

Patterson, T., & Scott, C. (2013). Behavioral Management of inappropriate masturbation in an 8-year-old girl. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 35(3), 256-263. doi: 10.1080/07317107.2013.818907

Gale, C., Skegg, K., Mullen, R., Patterson, T., & Gray, A. (2012). Thoughts of suicide and stage of recovery in patients with schizophrenia in community mental health care. Australasian Psychiatry, 20(4), 313-317. doi: 10.1177/1039856212449669

Crawford, E., Gross, J., Patterson, T., & Hayne, H. (2012). Does children’s colour use reflect the emotional content of their drawings? Infant & Child Development, 21(2), 198-215. doi: 10.1002/icd.742

Patterson, T., Mullen, R., Gale, C., & Gray, A. (2011). Compulsory community treatment and patients' perception of recovery in schizophrenia. Australasian Psychiatry, 19(5), 431-433. doi: 10.3109/10398562.2011.603330

Patterson, T., & Hayne, H. (2011). Does drawing facilitate older children's reports of emotionally laden events? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25(1), 119-126. doi: 10.1002/acp.1650

Glue, P., & Patterson, T. (2009). Can drug treatments enhance learning in subjects with intellectual disability? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43(10), 899-904. doi: 10.1080/00048670903179178

Patterson, T., & Pipe, M.-E. (2009). Exploratory assessments of child abuse: Children's responses to interviewer's questions across multiple interview sessions. Child Abuse & Neglect, 33(8), 490-504. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2008.12.012

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Journal - Research Other

Gale, C., Mullen, R., & Patterson, T. (2012). Letter to the editor. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 58(4), 449-450. doi: 10.1177/0020764010394522

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