James Madison University

Patti Warner retires after 27 years of service

PHOTO: Patti Warner

On September 1st, 2017, Dr. Patricia "Patti" Warner retired after 27 years of service to James Madison University.  Before joining JMU's Department of Graduate Psychology in 1990, Patti worked in a variety of psychological and mental health positions in hospitals, schools, and private practice. In addition to her duties at JMU, Patti served as a clinical supervisor consultant at Shenandoah Valley Child Development Center and a clinical psychologist at Valley Diagnostic and Assessment Services. 

As a faculty member, Dr. Warner was a licensed clinical psychologist as well as a Nationally Certified school psychologist. Patti represented JMU at the Commonwealth level through her work with the Virginia Academy of School Psychologists (VASP). Her VASP leadership positions included Executive Board Member, Program Chair for Conventions, President-Elect, President, and Past-President. Up until her retirement, she served as JMU's liaison to the VASP Executive Board, a position she held for 14 years. Nationally, Dr. Warner was active with both the National Association of School Psychologists and the American Association of University Women.

Throughout her career, Dr. Warner engaged in scholarship that focused on improving school climate and addressing students' needs. Her scholarly work included cultural competency, ethics and diversity within schools, socio-emotional needs of gifted children, and the needs of children in foster care. Most recently, Patti was recruited by the Virginia Department of Education to write the new "Cognitive Test Guide for School Psychologists." She worked tirelessly at both the individual and systems-level to promote positive change to enhance the welfare of students and families.

If you mention Patti's name around the JMU community you will discover that people have nothing but praise and positive things to say about her.  During her 27 years at JMU she has mentored over 270 graduate students, published more than 45 publications, visited dozens of interns around the country, and touched the lives of everybody in the Department.  Patti is warm, caring, thoughtful, generous with her time, and an inspiration to students and faculty alike.