243 GGB
Health Education

Assistant Professor
Curriculum Vitae
Google Scholar Profile:
Research Interests
addiction and recovery
college student health and wellness
community heath
interpersonal violence
physical activity and sedentary behavior
social network analysis
Megan S. Patterson, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on how social connections, positions, and networks impact the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. As such, most of her research uses social network analysis (SNA) as a methodology and theoretical framework to determine the importance of social networks and social network properties relative to health and behavioral outcomes. Patterson received her BA in Psychology and MPH in Community Health from Baylor University, and earned her PhD in Health Education from Texas A&M University. Before becoming a professor at TAMU, Dr. Patterson served as the Director of Wellness at Baylor University from 2013 until 2018.
Patrice French, Ph.D. (Spring 2022)
Mandy Nicole Spadline, Ph.D. (Summer 2021)
Jordan Lindsey Nelon (Summer 2020)
Journal Articles
*Lautner, S. C., Patterson, M. S., *Spadine, M. N., *Graves-Boswell, T., & Heinrich, K. (2021). Exploring the social side of CrossFit: A qualitative study. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 25(1), 63-75. doi: 10.1108/MHSI-08-2020-0051. [published with student]
*Nelon, J. L., *Moscarelli, M., *Stupka, P., *Sumner, C., *Uselton, T., & Patterson, M. S. (2021). Does scientific publication inform public discourse? A case study observing social media engagement around vaccinations. Health Promotion Practice, 22(3), 377-384. doi: 10.1177/1524839919899925. [published with student]
*Nelon, J. L., *Spadine, M., Patterson, M. S., *Brown, S., *Bookout, C., *Woods, L., & Fehr, S. K. (2021). An observation analysis of ‘me too’ narratives from YouTube. Health Behavior Research, 4(2). doi: 10.4148/2572-1836.1088. Impact Factor: [published with student]
Patterson, M. S., *Gagnon, L. R., *Vukelich, A., *Brown, S. E., *Nelon, J. L., & *Prochnow, T. (2021). Social networks, group exercise, and anxiety among college students. Journal of American College Health, 69(4), 361-369. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2019.1679150. [published with student]
Patterson, M. S., *Nelon, J. L., Lemke, M. K., Sonmez, S., Hege, A., & Apostolopoulos, A. (2021). Exploring the role of social network structure in disease risk among U.S. long-haul truck drivers in urban areas. American Journal of Health Behavior, 45(1), 174-185. doi: [published with student]
Patterson, M. S., *Russell, A. M., *Nelon, J. L., Barry, A. E., & Lanning, B. A. (2021). Using social network analysis to understand sobriety among a campus recovery community. Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice, 58(4), 401-416. doi: 10.1080/19496591.2020.1713142. [published with student]
*Prochnow, T., *Hartnell, L., & Patterson, M. S. (2021). Depressive symptoms, developing friendships, and social support through online gaming: A mixed-method analysis of online gaming network communication. Mental Health & Social Inclusion, 25(3), 243-253. DOI: 10.1108/MHSI-02-2021-0011. [published with student]
*Prochnow, T., Patterson, M. S., *Bridges Hamilton, C., *Delgado, H., Craig, S., & Umstattd Meyer, M. R. (2021). Network autocorrelation of perceived physical activity skill competence among adolescents at a summer care program. American Journal of Health Promotion, 35(3), 430-433. doi: 10.1177/0890117120958544. [published with student]
*Prochnow T., Patterson M. S., *Bridges Hamilton C. N., *Delgado H., Craig S., & Umstattd Meyer M. R. (2021). Sex differences in play networks and self-reported physical activity among adolescents at summer care programs. Child and Youth Services Review, 42(2), 136-149. doi: 10.1080/0145935X.2021.1926228. [published with student]
*Prochnow, T., Patterson, M. S., *Hartnell, L., West, G., & Umstattd Meyer, M. R. (2021) Implications of race and ethnicity for child physical activity and social connections at summer care programs. Children and Youth Services Review, 172, 106108. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106108 [published with student]
*Prochnow, T., Patterson, M. S., Umstattd Meyer, M. R. (2021). A social network approach to analyzing body dissatisfaction among sorority members using two network generators. Journal of American College Health, 69(2), 159-167. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2019.1657121. [published with student]
*Prochnow T., Umstattd Meyer M. R., Patterson M. S., Gomez L., Trost S., & Sharkey J. (2021). Active play network influences on physical activity among children living in south Texas colonies. Family & Community Health, 44(3), 154-161. doi: 10.1097/fch.0000000000000296. [published with student]
*Russell, A.M., Patterson, M.S., & Barry, A.E. (2021). College students’ perceptions of peer alcohol use: a social network analytic approach. Substance Use and Misuse, 56(1), 46-53. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2020.1833929. [published with student]
Valdez, D., Patterson, M. S., & *Prochnow, T. (2021). The importance of integrating theoretical frameworks in social media mining: An exploratory approach between computer informatics and social network analysis (SNA). Health Behavior Research, 4(2). DOI: 10.4148/2572-1836.1098. [published with student]
*Duval, A., Lanning, B., & Patterson, M. S. (2020). A systematic review of dating violence risk factors among undergraduate college students. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 21(3), 567-585. doi: 10.1177/1524838018782207. [published with student]
Garney, W. R., Patterson, M. S., Garcia, K. M., *Muraleetharan, D., & McLeroy, K. R. (2020). Interorganizational network findings from a nationwide chronic disease prevention initiative. Evaluation & Program Planning, 79. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101771. [published with student]
*Lautner, S. K., Patterson, M. S., *Ramirez, M., & Heinrich, K. M. (2020). Can CrossFit aid in addiction recovery? An exploratory media analysis of popular press. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 24(2), 97-104. doi: 10.1108/MHSI-02-2020-0007 [published with student]
Patterson, M. S., *Gagnon, L. R., *Nelon, J. L., *Spadine, M. (2020). A pilot study using egocentric network analysis to assess holistic health benefits among a sample of university employees involved in a worksite fitness program. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 66, 63-72. doi: 10.3233/WOR-203151. [published with student]
Patterson, M. S., Heinrich, K. M., *Prochnow, T., *Graves-Boswell, T., & *Spadine, M.N. (2020). Network analysis of the social environment relative to preference for and tolerance of exercise intensity in CrossFit gyms. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 8370. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17228370 [published with student]
Patterson, M. S., *Prochnow, T., Richardson, R. G., Jackson, K. P. (2020). Using social network analysis to conduct a system-wide program evaluation within a university. Evaluation and Program Planning, 79. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2020.101783. [published with student]
Patterson, M. S., *Russell, A. M., *Spadine, M. N., *Prochnow, T., & Heinrich, K. M. (2020). Impact of social networks, mental health, and sobriety on exercise within a collegiate recovery community. Health Behavior Research, 3(1), 1-17. doi: 10.4148/2572-1836.1074
*Prochnow, T., *Delgado, H., Patterson, M. S., & Umstattd Meyer, M. R. (2020). Social network analysis in child and adolescent physical activity research: A systematic literature review. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 17, 250-260. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2019-0350 [published with student]
*Prochnow, T., Patterson, M. S., & *Hartnell, L. (2020). Social support, depressive symptoms, and online gaming network communication. Mental Health & Social Inclusion, 20(1), 49-58. doi: 10.1108/MHSI-11-2019-0033. [published with student]
*Prochnow, T., Patterson, M. S., *Hartnell, L., & Umstattd Meyer, M. R. (2020). Depressive symptoms associated with online and in person networks in an online gaming community: A pilot study. Mental Health Review, 25(1), 21-33. doi: 10.1108/MHRJ-11-2019-0044. [published with student]
*Prochnow, T., Patterson, M. S., & Umstattd Meyer, M. R. (2020) A social network analysis approach to group and individual perceptions of child physical activity. Health Education Research, 35(6), 564-573. doi: 10.1093/her/cyaa035 [published with student]
*Prochnow, T., Patterson, M. S., Umstattd Meyer, M. R., & Sharkey, J. (2020). Health coalition collaboration network, perceived satisfaction, and success. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 34(8), 885-897. doi: 10.1108/JHOM-04-2020-0120. [published with student]
*Prochnow, T., Umstattd Meyer, M. R., Patterson, M. S., McClendon, M., Gomez, L., Trost, S., & Sharkey, J. (2020). Papás Activos: Associations between physical activity, sedentary behavior and personal networks among fathers living in Texas colonias. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(24), 9243. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17249243 [published with student]
*Prochnow, T., van Woudenberg, T. J., & Patterson, M. S. (2020). Network effects on adolescent perceived barriers to physical activity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 17(9), 889-894. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2019-0655 [published with student]
*Russell, A. M., Barry A. E., & Patterson, M. S. (2020). A comparison of global and egocentric network approaches for assessing peer alcohol use among college students in the United States. Drug and Alcohol Review, 39, 984-993. doi: 10.1111/dar.13140. [published with student]
Sherman, L. D., Patterson, M. S., Wigfall, L. T., & *Tomar, A. (2020). Use of digital health information for health information seeking among men living with chronic disease: Data from the health information and national trends survey (HINTS). American Journal for Men’s Health, 1-9. doi: 10.1177/1557988320901377. [published with student]
Wigfall, L. T., Sherman, L., Garney, W. R., Patterson, M. S., Montiel Ishino, F. A., & Vadaparampil, S. T. (2020). Are healthcare providers making the most of patient encounters to promote HPV vaccination for persons aged through 25 years at-risk for cigarette smoking? Patient Education and Counseling, 102(1), 180-188. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2019.07.026