Skip to Content

College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Patricia Motes

Title: Adjunct Research Professor
Department: Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Resources: Department of Psychology


(PhD, Clinical-Community Psychology, University of South Carolina) Patricia Stone Motes is a Research Professor in the Division of Medicaid Policy Research (MPR). Within MPR, Dr. Motes’ research and scholarship focus on enhancing the behavioral health of vulnerable populations, especially children and youth in foster care. Her research and practice background includes program development, program evaluation, and community-based action research. She has been a leader in the state of South Carolina in facilitating partnerships between mental health, juvenile justice, schools, and community organizations for the translation of research evidence into the development of comprehensive programs and services that support youth and their families.

With a focus on contextual influences on the promotion of positive youth development, Dr. Motes has led a range of research projects including efforts focusing on systems of care to promote positive mental health outcomes for children, youth, and their families. Recent research projects include a statewide policy study on the overrepresentation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system, a volunteer community-based program of support to families in crisis or with acute needs, and a mentoring initiative that supports children and families affected by incarceration. Dr. Motes is a national consultant to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a Blueprints for Violence Prevention Program.

A clinical-community psychologist, Dr. Motes was formerly a research professor at Clemson University in the Institute on Families and Neighborhood Life. Prior to that appointment, she served as associate director and director of student affairs at the Institute for Families in Society. She began her post-doctoral career at South Carolina State University where she taught in the Department of Psychology and Sociology. Her publications include a co-edited book, Collaborating with Community-Based Organizations Through Consultation and Technical Assistance (Columbia University).