Patricia Dyk
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

Professional Profile

I am currently the Director of Graduate Studies in the University of Kentucky Department of Community and Leadership Development.  I teach two of our graduate courses: Research Design (fall) and Advanced Leadership Theory and Dynamics (spring). Both are grounded in experiential education principles and informed by my commitment to scholarly teaching.

My primary role is as a researcher. My current projects include examining the social and economic well-being of rural families, understanding the individual, family and community factors contributing to health disparities, and evaluating methods of engaging a diverse group of community members in public deliberation.  I also study leadership development, particularly in the areas of developing cultural and emotional intelligence.

I developed a highly successful education abroad course “Leadership Lessons from Prague” and led 4 cohorts of UK students to the Czech Republic to develop their EQ & CQ, study costs of leadership, and enhance their leadership skills across cultural contexts. I was honored to be selected as the Fulbright-Masaryk University Distinguished Chair in Social Studies and spent 6 months in Brno, Czech Republic in 2014 teaching family sociology and community sociology to international students.

My personal mission statement is “To help individuals and organizations identify and overcome barriers that keep them from achieving their potential.”  Hence my research, teaching and service focus on giving voice to those not usually ‘at the table’, developing people, and raising awareness to transcend challenges.  As a two-time breast cancer thriver I am pleased to be volunteering with Kentucky CancerLink, a non-profit whose mission is to provide support by reducing and/or eliminating barriers to screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Contact me for assistance with:

  • Questions regarding the CLD Master’s degree program


Ph.D. | Family and Human Development, Utah State University

Dissertation: “Family Relations Factors that Facilitate or Inhibit Middle Adolescent Identity Development”

M.S. | Family and Human Development, Utah State University

Thesis: Identity and Intimacy: A Correlational or Causal Connection?

B.S. | Agricultural Economics: Development, Resource, & Consumer Economics, University of California, Davis  

University/Committee Involvement:

University of Kentucky, Women in Executive Leadership Development (WELD)

CAFE, Graduate Curriculum Committee

CAFE, Education Abroad Committee

CLD, Graduate Committee, Chair

External Sites:

Rural Families Speak about Health

Kentucky CancerLink

International Leadership Association

Areas of Interest

Adolescent Psychosocial Development, Community Engagement, Cultural Intelligence, Ecological Systems Theory, Health Disparities, Low Income Rural Families, Ripple Mapping, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Emotional Intelligence