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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David Patterson Silver Wolf

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.
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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

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.