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About Karen B. Patterson

Karen B. Patterson, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Exceptional Student and Deaf Education Department at the University of North Florida. She holds 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 level in the Cleveland Public Schools, Ohio and in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Patterson joined UNF in 2003 and was awarded tenure in 2009. She began serving as Department Chairperson in January 2010. Her department offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in Exceptional Student Education, Deaf Education, and ASL/English Interpreting. Dr. Patterson’s research has a focus on improving K-12 practices for underserved children in special education and investigating the impact of collaborative partnerships and parental involvement for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Dr. Patterson co-sponsors UNF’s student chapter of CEC and she was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2008.


Present Assistant Professor, 2003-2009, University of North Florida
Present Associate Professor, 2009-, University of North Florida
Present Department Chair, 2010-, University of North Florida

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2007-2008

Contact Information

University of North Florida
Department of Exceptional, Deaf, & Interpreter Education
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224


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