David Patterson Silver Wolf

Associate Professor, Brown School

David Patterson Silver Wolf

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David A. Patterson Silver Wolf has over 15 years of experience providing clinical services in the substance use disorder treatment field. Patterson Silver Wolf investigates how empirically supported interventions are implemented in community-based services, specifically as it relates to therapist and organizational characteristics.

He is the director of the Community-Academic Partnership on Addiction, which works with several St. Louis-based organizations to bring science to addiction services.

Patterson Silver Wolf is a faculty scholar in the Washington University Institute for Public Health, a faculty affiliate in the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention, and serves as training faculty for two NIH- funded (T32) training programs at the Brown School, including the Transdisciplinary Training in Addictions Research program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Patterson Silver Wolf also studies factors that improve underrepresented minority college students’ academic success. He is specifically interested in American Indian/Alaska Native health and wellness, particularly issues related to college retention.

At the Brown School he teaches substance abuse courses, chairs the American Indian and Alaska Native concentration in the Master of Social Work program, and works closely with Kathryn M. Buder Center Scholars.

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Battling treatment resistant opioid use disorder

Battling treatment resistant opioid use disorder

Similar to treatment resistant depression, there is a subpopulation of those addicted to opioids who do not respond to standard opioid use disorder treatments. In a new paper, an addiction expert at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis suggests a new category for these types of patients: treatment resistant opioid use disorder.