Patrick McFarlane is very interested in alternative and empowering approaches to research. Areas of research focus have been on narrative medicine and psychiatry, medical phenomenology, and medical ethics, with a focus on addressing population health, and health outcomes especially related to the experience of violence.
Currently, Patrick is faculty and director of behavioral medicine and integrated psychiatry at Northern Light Health’s Family Medicine Residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center. He has faculty appointments at The University of New England and The University of Vermont medical schools, and at the University of Maine, where he is co-founder and faculty in the graduate school in the Maine Art and Humanities in Medicine (MeAHM) fellowship and certificate program which just completed its inaugural year, with the very first art and medicine physician fellow and art interns placed in medical settings for practice, research, and/or studio experiences.
Patrick identifies as queer, has two adult children, Aaron and Isaiah, and lives with his partner William in Maine mostly. We all like the ocean, travel, and swimming everywhere we can.
Patrick grew up in Michigan, his grandmother is from Guelph and London, Ontario, attended the University of Michigan for undergraduate and graduate education in psychology (BA/MA), social work (MSW), history and education, (BA). He attended Husson University in Maine for graduate nursing (MSN) and is a licensed clinical social worker, nurse practitioner, psychologist in psychiatry and family medicine.
Social work theory and practice has been my solid foundation for work as a teacher of graduate physicians and the allied health professions. This led to founding a clinic at our regional shelter for adolescents and young adults of promise who are experiencing homelessness, and in coordination with the University of Maine Counseling Center where our primary care psychiatry clinic focuses on responding to student health and mental health needs. My motivation for the doctoral program at Memorial was the diversity of faculty and students, the progressive tack taken by faculty in their teaching, and it’s design of the low residency but high quality opportunity to grow in such an international program while being able to continue with my professional work. It’s exciting to have this time to be in community, read, write, and focus more on research.