Floyd Patterson Biography

Clinical Social Worker: South End Community Health Center

     Floyd Patterson is a social worker with extensive years of frontline experience working with multiple family structures with an emphasis of adolescent and teen populations in violent communities.  The focus of his scholarship and career interest continues to be unmet mental health and psychological needs of African-Americans and Latino teen males residing in the urban environment.

     In addition to his professional and academic work, Mr. Patterson remains devoted to civic initiatives that includes serving as Co-chair of the Bed-Stuy Community Legal Service, organizing targeted youth discussions, working with stakeholders to address truancy, gun violence, and safe surrender options for community residence. 

     Mr. Patterson also engages in outreach to local and national elected officials in order to support initiatives that can reduce violence among the urban youth population.  He served as Director of Social Work Services at Brooklyn College Black Male Initiative from (BMI) 2007-2012 where his work focused on increasing graduation rates among African-American and Latino males. 

     Mr. Patterson currently works as a Clinical Mental Health Psychotherapist at the South End Community Health Center focusing on clients with severe mental health challenges.

     He received his Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College, and his Masters in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work.   He is currently completing his PhD in Clinical Social Work with an emphasis on “Strains” and its Impact on African-American and Latino youth who are “gang” members.