Karen Patterson is a faculty associate for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison teaching primarily the adult and pediatric neurological track.
Patterson received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in athletic training and a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis.
She has continue to practice at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, specializing in pediatric neuromuscular diseases. She has previous work experience as a Pediatric Physical Therapy for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the Developmental Evaluation Center of Western North Carolina and for the US Indian Health Service on the Navajo reservation in Arizona.
Patterson also coordinates UW Doctor of Physical Therapy Global Health Programs, which includes programs in Uganda, Belize, Guatemala and Peru. She serves on the Global Health Interprofessional Education Committee for the University of Wisconsin Global Health Institute and nationally as the nominating committee chair for the American Physical Therapy Association Global Health Special Interest Group. She also coordinates the Interprofessional UW and American Family Children's Hospital GoBabyGo early mobility project.
Her research interests include global health and pediatric neuromuscular diseases specifically Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Patterson has served on the Medical Advisory Committee for CureSMA for the past eight years and annually presents at their national conference. She also has presented at the national level for the American Physical Therapy Association on Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Global Health.