Diane Pattison, Ph.D.

Academic Director, Graduate Accountancy Programs
Professor of Accountancy
Diane Pattison, Ph.D.
(619) 260-4850
Office Location
Olin Hall 216
  • Ph.D. University of Washington, Managerial Accounting/Financial Accounting/Economics/Research Method
  • MBA California State University, Hayward, Accounting
  • B.S. University of Oregon, Mathematics
Areas of Expertise

Selected Publications

  • Deciding to work while collecting Social Security, The CPA Journal
  • Timing Home Sales to Maximize Exclusion May Be Unwise, Practical Tax Strategies
  • Private Equity Portfolio Valuation Audit Negotiation, Journal of Finance Case Research
  • Educational Competencies That Mid-Sized CPA Firms Value In Their Professional Accounting Staff, American Journal of Business Education
  • An Empirical Analysis of the Effects of Auditor Time Budget Pressure and Time Deadline Pressure, The Journal of Applied Business Research


Diane D. Pattison, Professor of Accountancy, joined the USD faculty in 1986. Professor Pattison has taught at Arizona State University. She has also been a visiting professor at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

Currently serving as a Professor of Accountancy, Academic Director of the Graduate Accountancy Programs, and the Director of the Accountancy Institute at USD, Pattison's major contribution to the School of Business Administration has been the development of a strong interactive relationship between the professional accounting community and the accounting area. In addition, she has enhanced the undergraduate accountancy program both through effective teaching and by encouraging growth and understanding through advising both the Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi.

She has published many articles in Management Accounting, presented papers at a variety of conferences, won the best paper award at 1995 Western Decision Sciences Conference and the Lybrand Silver Medal for an article in Management Accounting. In March 2011,…