During her doctoral training at KU, she conducted community-based research in community development and in the prevention of adolescent substance and teen pregnancy. Also at KU, she conducted research on college student binge drinking and student sexual health in managerial positions with the Provost Office and Student Health Services. In 2005, with a National Institute of Mental Health Diversity Fellowship, she joined the UMKC Psychology Department as an adjunct Research Professor and began focusing on HIV medication adherence (Project MOTIV8) research and dissemination of this research to sustainable real world applications. She was then offered a tenured-track position in the UMKC Psychology Department in 2008 and began teaching courses on community-based participatory research and ethnic and minority psychology.
Dr. Berkley-Patton is currently the principal investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health-funded project to develop HIV intervention strategies in African American churches. In collaboration with Calvary Community Outreach Network (CCON), she is conducting studies on HIV prevention and screening (e.g., Taking It to the Pews) in African American churches in the Kansas City metro area and in Montgomery, AL. She is also a co-investigator with the Heartland Health Network, a National Institutes of Health-funded grant project (in collaboration CCON and KC Free Health Clinic) focused on enhancing the capacity of African American churches and the ability of researchers to fully collaborate on community-based health science research. In addition, Dr. Berkley-Patton is the director of the UMKC Community Health Research Group, which supports collaborative community research and provides doctoral and undergraduate training in community participatory research. She is a Kansas City native who graduated from Paseo High School and has two incredible daughters, Allissa and Makayla Patton.