Karen B Patterson

Chair/Associate Professor

Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education • College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Karen Patterson is Associate Professor and Department Chair of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education at the University of North Florida. Her research interests include: teacher preparation and classroom management; positive academic and social interventions; learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities; learners with emotional and behavioral disorders; and autism.


Kent State University, Kent, Ohio - College of Education, Health, and Human Services, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences.

Ph.D., M.Ed., & B.S. Special Education



Karen B. Patterson, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education Department. She earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Special Education from Kent State University. Her professional experiences have included teaching children with developmental disabilities and emotional and behavior disorders at the K-12 levels in both Ohio and Florida. Dr. Patterson joined the UNF faculty in 2003 as an Assistant Professor and directed the exceptional student education program from 2006-2010. In January 2010, she became chair of her department, which offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in Exceptional Student Education, Deaf Education, and ASL/English Interpreting.


Award of Research Excellence - Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, UNF (2011-12; 2012-13)

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (2007-2008)


Association for Behavior Analysis
Council for Exceptional Children
Florida Division of Developmental Disabilities
Kappa Delta PiAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Golden Key National Honor Society

Grants and Contracts Awarded


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