Joseph T. Pate, Jr., Ph.D. grew up in Morris, Alabama, and completed his undergraduate training at the University of Alabama. He was accepted into the clinical psychology graduate program at the University of Georgia and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees there. He was chosen as sole child intern and earned the C. J. Rosecranz Outstanding Intern award during his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After graduate training, Dr. Pate completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Tampa Children’s Hospital Child Development Center. He moved to the Atlanta area in 1999, taught at Georgia State University as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Psychology and began private practice. In addition to work with patients, he has consulted with various schools, agencies and organizations to foster clinical knowledge and skills.
Dr. Pate focused on clinical work throughout his undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral training, and he has run a busy and diverse private practice in the Atlanta since 1999. He continues to specialize in assessment and treatment of children (age three and above), adolescents and families with expertise in areas including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and other attention and behavioral issues, Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, anxiety and depression, parenting/family communication, divorce/loss issues and adjustment difficulties of all types. Dr. Pate also works with adults experiencing a variety of difficulties including anxiety and depression, attention and adjustment problems and difficulties in coping and parenting. Dr. Pate uses a combination of behavioral and cognitive behavioral treatments, as well as interpersonal and parent-focused intervention to foster success. Dr. Pate regularly consults with schools, pediatricians, psychiatrists and other professionals to maximize treatment gains. Overall, he believes in positively focused interventions that provide support and improved skills, coping and self-confidence for patients, parents and other family members.