James C. Patterson II, MD, PhD, is the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport. He is also a joint faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience. He has also worked as Chief of Mental Health at the local VA Medical Center. Dr. Patterson has been in Shreveport since 2000, has risen to the position of Professor and Chair, and also serves in the role as the Christus Schumpert Chair of Neurobiology. He is also the Clinical Director of the Louisiana Addiction Research Center, as well as the Medical Director of Louisiana Behavioral Health. His past roles include serving as the Director of PET Neuroimaging Research, as well as the Program Director for Residency Training of the Psychiatry Residency Program.Dr. Patterson received his undergraduate degree in biology from Lamar University followed by his combined Doctor of Medicine and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he also completed his Internship and Residency in Psychiatry. He completed a Psychiatry/Functional Neuroimaging Fellowship at the National Institutes of Mental Health’s Laboratory of Brain and Cognition in Bethesda, Maryland. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.