Dr. Patterson's research focuses on using network analysis to measure how social and spatial networks impact the overall wellbeing of individuals and communities. Her training in research methods and network analysis provides ample opportunities to design, conduct, and collaborate on a variety of studies within behavioral science. Most recently, this has involved using a network perspective to study compulsive exercise and body satisfaction among sorority members, interpersonal violence on college campuses, addiction recovery communities, adolescent physical activity, and inner-city risk networks for long-haul truck drivers, among others.
- Ph.D. in Health Education, Texas A&M University - (College Station, Texas, United States) 2016
- M.P.H. in Community Health, Baylor University - (Waco, Texas, United States) 2012
- B.A. in Psychology, Baylor University - (Waco, Texas, United States) 2009
- Panjwani, S., Garney, W. R., Patterson, M. S., Ajayi, K. V., Fore, S., & Lang, L. (2022). Network analysis of a community-wide teenage pregnancy prevention initiative. Health Education Research. 36(5), 518-529.
- Patterson, M. S., Amo, C. E., Prochnow, T., & Heinrich, K. M. (2021). Exploring social networks relative to various types of exercise self-efficacy within CrossFit participants. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 1-20.
- Russell, A. M., Barry, A. E., & Patterson, M. S. (2021). Strategies for measuring peer alcohol use within egocentric network analysis. Journal of American College Health. 1-8.
- Prochnow, T., Patterson, M. S., Hartnell, L., West, G., & Umstattd Meyer, M. R. (2021). Implications of race and ethnicity for child physical activity and social connections at summer care programs. Children and Youth Services Review. 127, 106108-106108.
- Patterson, M. S., Russell, A. M., Nelon, J. L., Barry, A. E., & Lanning, B. A. (2021). Using Social Network Analysis to Understand Sobriety among a Campus Recovery Community. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. 58(4), 401-416.