Debra Lynn Patterson, PhD Debra Lynn Patterson, PhD  


Location: KHS 231 
Telephone: (657) 278-8337
Fax: (657) 278-5317

Advising Area:
Physical Education Teacher Education/ Pedagogy

Physical Education Teacher Education

Physical Education Teacher Education/ Pedagogy

Couse Taught:
KNES 386: Movement and the Child

Dr. Patterson received a B.A. in Physical Education (1987, CSU Long Beach), a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education (1988, CSU Long Beach), an M.S. in Physical Education (1992, Azusa Pacific University), an Adapted Physical Education Credential (1994, CSU Long Beach) and a Ph.D. in Sport Pedagogy (2000, Oregon State University). Her doctoral emphases were in pedagogy and adapted physical education. Dr. Patterson was an elementary physical education specialist for 10 years. She taught for the past 7 years at California State University, Northridge in the area of Physical Education Teacher Education for both undergraduate and graduate students prior to joining the faculty in the Department of Kinesiology in 2007. She has published in physical education journals and presented at both national and state levels. She was one of the authors on the Physical Education Model Content Standards (2006) for the State of California.

Interest Area:
Dr. Patterson’s research interests include investigating teacher behavior and its effects on students’ physical activity levels. Additional interests include Curriculum and Instruction and ways to support beginning teachers in teaching physical education.

Current projects:
Dr. Patterson is currently conducting a longitudinal qualitative study with beginning physical education teachers. Dr. Patterson is the site director for Project NorthReach a California Physical Education - Health Subject Matter Project. This project is currently investigating teacher impact with on-going professional development for physical education and health professionals. Other projects include being on the development team for both physical education and elementary teachers training with the physical education content standards and working with community programs in assisting with providing quality elementary physical education.