Victoria Patterson

PhD candidate




Why Dal?

This department’s excellent track record of producing clinician-scientists and the opportunity to work with and learn from strong faculty researchers were both key factors in my decision to attend Dalhousie. I also chose Dalhousie to have the opportunity to work with the FORBOW project, a study working to prevent severe mental illness in children at high familial risk for developing these disorders.

Research interests

I am interested in the prevention of severe mental illness (SMI) in children at high risk who have also experienced multiple traumas. I will be examining the influence of family high-risk status, resilience factors, and developmental timing on the relationship between the experience of multiple traumas and subsequent mental health.

Affiliations with research groups

  • Cyberbullying Research Group – Saint Mary’s University
  • Families Overcoming Risks and Building Opportunities for Well-Being (FORBOW)
  • Substance use in early Psychosis – NSHA/IWK


Patterson, V.C., Closson, L.M., & Patry, M.W. (submitted). Cyberbullying in emerging adults: Legislation awareness, and cyberbullying roles. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science.

Propper, L., Cumby, J., Patterson, V. C., Drobinin, V., Glover, J. M., MacKenzie, L. E., ... & Hajek, T. (2017). Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder in offspring of parents with depression and bipolar disorder. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 210(6), 408-412.

MacKenzie, L. E., Patterson, V. C., Zwicker, A., Drobinin, V., Fisher, H. L., Abidi, S., ... & Pavlova, B. (2017). Hot and cold executive functions in youth with psychotic symptoms. Psychological Medicine, 1-10. doi: 10.1017/S0033291717001374

Currie, L., Pajer, K., Gardner, W., Cake, H., Shaw, S., & Patterson, V. (2017). Limited effects of pre-existing maternal antisocial behaviours on infant neurodevelopment: A pilot study. Journal of Infant and Child Development.

Awards and honours

  • Vanier Graduate Scholarship Nominee
  • Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Scotia Scholar Award – Master’s level
  • Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship – Master’s level