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Meg Patterson
Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology
Office#: 314C Blocker
Mail Stop: 4243
Office Phone: (979) 8454698
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Primary Emphasis Area: Health Education
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Short Bio
Megan S. Patterson, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Her 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. Patterson received her BA in Psychology and MPH in Community Health from Baylor University, and earned her PhD in Health Education from Texas A&M University. Before becoming a professor at TAMU, Dr. Patterson served as the Director of Wellness at Baylor University for five years.
Research Interests
addiction and recovery
college student health and wellness
community heath
interpersonal violence
physical activity and sedentary behavior
social network analysis
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. *Nelon, J. L., De Pedro, K. T., Gilreath, T. D., Patterson, M. S., *Holden, C. B., & *Esquivel, C. H. (2019). A latent class analysis of the co-occurrence of sexual violence, substance use, and mental health in youth. Substance Use and Misuse. 54(12), 1938-1944. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1618337

2. Wigfall, L. T., Sherman, L., Garney, W. R., Patterson, M. S., Montiel Ishino, F. A., & Vadaparampil, S. T. (2019). Are healthcare providers making the most of patient encounters to promote HPV vaccination for persons aged through 25 years at-risk for cigarette smoking? Patient Education and Counseling, 102(1), 180-188. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2019.07.026

3. Patterson, M. S. & Goodson, P. (2019). Social network analysis for assessing college-aged adults[48]19 health: A systematic review. Journal of American College Health, 67(1), 59-67. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1462820

4. Wilkerson, A. H., *Bridges, C. N., Wu, C., *McClendon, M. E., Walsh, S. M., Patterson, M. S., & Umstattd Meyer, M. R. (2019). Process evaluation of the BearStand behavioral intervention component: A social cognitive theory-based strategy to reduce occupational sedentary behavior. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 61(11), 927-935. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001704

5. Patterson, M. S., Prochnow, T., & Goodson, P. (2019). The spread and utility of social network analysis across a group of health behavior researchers. Health Behavior Research, 2(4). doi: 10.4148/2572-1836.1063

6. *Shaikh, H. M., Patterson, M. S., Lanning, B., Umstattd Meyer, M. R., & *Patterson, C. A. (2018). Assessing college students' use of campus recreation facilities through individual and environmental factors. Recreational Sports Journal, 42(2), 145-159. doi: 10.1123/rsj.2017-0033

7. Patterson, M. S. & Goodson, P. (2018). The role of ego networks in compulsive exercise behavior among college sorority women. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 15(10), 755-762. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2017-0570

* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts
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Courses Taught
2019 - 2020
HLTH 605, HLTH 685
2018 - 2019
HLTH 440, HLTH 605, HLTH 685
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