David Patterson Silver Wolf

David Patterson Silver Wolf


Associate Professor, Brown School

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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.

In the media

A COVID-19 Level Overreaction Is Needed for Substance Use Disorder Treatment: The Future Is Mobile

After a decade of suffering from a still-raging opioid epidemic an overreaction to the treatment of addiction—mobile treatment, treatment guided by real-time data, treatment that follows patients back to their community—is very much overdue, writes David Patterson Silver Wolf.

Real-time data are essential for Covid-19. They’re just as important for the opioid overdose crisis

It is time to bring this kind of real-time outcome data to America’s addiction crisis and make it available to the public. It’s the only way of knowing if what we’re doing to address the problem is making a difference. Without it, we’re relying on little more than prolonged intuition, writes David Patterson Silver Wolf.

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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.
Fast-tracking psilocybin for refractory depression makes sense

Fast-tracking psilocybin for refractory depression makes sense

We are now in a renaissance period where psychedelic drugs are being reestablished as a new approach to very important public health problems. With protocol-driven specific trials, they might become critical medications for a wide range of psychiatric disorders, such as depression, PTSD, anxiety, and addictions.
Why public health responses have racial preferences

Why public health responses have racial preferences

As long as a racially and culturally homogeneous group of health leaders and decision-makers come solely from ivory towers and governmental offices, and not from the communities in the greatest need, the most marginalized and underserved among us will continue to pay the highest price.
Brown School launches substance use disorder clinic

Brown School launches substance use disorder clinic

The Brown School has partnered with Preferred Family Healthcare in St. Louis to launch the Community Academic Partnership on Addiction (CAPA), a teaching, learning and research clinic aimed at addressing substance use disorder. The Brown School’s David Patterson Silver Wolf serves as CAPA’s chief research officer.
Where therapeutic intuition meets technology

Where therapeutic intuition meets technology

A new suite of technology tools developed by David Patterson Silver Wolf, associate professor at the Brown School, aims to enable addiction and behavioral health professionals to monitor their own treatment services, as well as their patient’s recovery process, using data as their guide.
Helping minority students feel welcome

Helping minority students feel welcome

Nearly 30 percent of U.S. college students drop out in their first year, on average. One segment of a campus population shown to experience a particularly difficult time fitting in: underrepresented minority students. Now, a new intervention program being implemented through the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis aims to help minority students feel that they belong on campus.
WashU Expert: Opioid emergency needs science-based solutions

WashU Expert: Opioid emergency needs science-based solutions

President Donald Trump declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency is an important statement and first step toward admitting a problem, said an expert on opioid addiction at Washington University in St. Louis, while warning that without science-informed solutions and plans of action, the epidemic will worsen.
WashU Expert: More must be done to address opioid crisis

WashU Expert: More must be done to address opioid crisis

Opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs, killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record, according to the CDC. President Trump’s proposed budget aims to address the crisis with a $500 million increase in prevention and treatment, but it isn’t enough to address the issue, says an expert on substance use disorder treatment.