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College of Arts and Sciences|Diamond Jubilee -- 75th Anniversary

Michael D. Pattinson

Bachelor of Arts - 1972, Master of Arts - 1973,
Doctor of Philosophy - Psychology

Mick Pattinson hasn't stopped learning since he left UW. He learned to play the violin with his son, and plans to tackle the penny whistle next.

His academic -- if not musical -- career began at Sheridan College as a pre-law student. During his undergraduate psychology studies at UW, he took time out for a semester at sea with World Campus Afloat, which took him around the world. While working on his doctorate, he met UW psychology professor Robert Bruce, "who was literally part of the history of the field and knew all of the great men who bad contributed to the early literature and development of psychology. I  was quite animus about my capacity to succeed. Dr. Wilson Walthall, department chairman, took me into his office and told me very straightforwardly that if he could succeed in getting his PhD, anyone could, and most certainly I could. I took that to heart." After interning at the Western Missouri Mental Health Center in Kansas City, Pattinson returned to Sheridan to begin work with the Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center as program evaluation coordinator and clinical psychologist. He later became the center's Sheridan County coordinator. In 1988, while still county coordinator and a practicing clinical psychologist, he took direction of the center's programs. He has been Wyoming's federal advocacy coordinator for the American Psychological Association since 1987. He was the 1983-85 president of the Wyoming Psychological Association, chairman of the Wyoming legislative committee from 1985-1992, and in 1991, president of the Sheridan Council of Social Agencies. Pattinson says, "The liberal education I received at the University of Wyoming has brought a richness and balance to my life."

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