Patricia Aldredge
Patti Aldredge
Affiliated with Social Work

Dr. Patti Aldredge is Dean of the Division of Education and Human Services. Prior to stepping into the Dean position, she was a Professor of Social Work and Program Director at Champlain College since 2015. 

Dr. Patti Aldredge came to Champlain College in the fall of 2015 from the Virginia Commonwealth University where she served as Associate Professor and Director of Field Education. Prior to that she served as Clinical Associate Professor and Deputy Director of Field Learning and Community Partnership at the NYU Silver School of Social Work in New York City and as full-time faculty and Associate Director of Field Education at The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She entered academia with a 20-year medical social work career, including appointments at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) and The Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. Additionally, her practice includes oncology and end-of-life, traumatic brain injury, youth at-risk, addictions and protective services. She provided individual, family and group counseling to youth in the Juvenile Justice system, and co-founded an urban theater group for youth.

Areas of Academic Interest

Dr. Aldredge's research explores the intersections of change theory, cognitive dissonance, compassion and expressive arts in all manner of applications - organizational change, professional practice, grief and loss, stigma and empathy.

Fun Facts

  • She studied playwriting with Edward Albee.
  • She has had several plays produced, including one off-off Broadway.
  • Brene Brown was a colleague at the University of Houston and on her dissertation committee.

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Social Workers

National Organization of Forensic Social Work

Council on Social Work Education

Bachelor Program Directors (BPD)

American Mensa

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) - Vermont

Representative Publications


Aldredge, P. (2020, March/April). Social Work Over the Generations: The Lessons We Carry. The New Social Worker.

Conlon, A., & Aldredge, P. (2013). Married to a memory: Undetected grief in an Assisted Living Environment. Journal of social work in end-of-life & palliative care, 9(4), 249-255. 

Conlon, A. & Aldredge, P. (2013).  HHS Rule Changes: Implications for Social Workers. Health Social Work, 38 (1): 19-27.

Aldredge, P. & Conlon, A., (2012). Reflections: Gay men and lesbians at end of life. Journal of Social Work in End-Of-Life & Palliative Care, Volume 8 (1). 

Conlon, A., Gilbert, D., Jones, B., and Aldredge, P. (2010). Stacked stigma: Oncology social  workers' perceptions of the lung cancer experience.  Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, Volume 28 Issue 1, 98

Books and Book Chapters

Aldredge, P. (2014). Facilitating dialogue across differences: Use of sociodrama in the classroom. In Conservative Christianity and sexual orientation in social work: Privilege, oppression, and the pursuit of human rights. Dessel, A. & Bolen, R., (eds). Alexandria, VA: CSWE Press.

Epstein, M. and Aldredge, P., Good but not perfect: A case study of managed care, Allyn and Bacon, Boston, MA, 2000.

Aldredge, P., Henley, B. and Pendergraft, F, "Psychosocial intervention", in Basic rehabilitation techniques, 4th Edition, by Sine, et al., Aspen Publications: Rockville, MD, 2000.