During his 20 years of experience, Dr. Peterson has developed expertise in psychotherapy and psychodiagnostics. Before arriving at Menninger in 2016, he worked in private practice in Georgia.
In addition to his position at The Menninger Clinic, Dr. Peterson is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. He pursues scholarly interests in the areas of upward and downward socioeconomic status mobility on patient’s perceived distress, impact of the cultural background with the therapeutic treatment alliance, inpatient treatment adherence and the distressed patient’s search for meaning following significant life changes.
Dr. Peterson is a member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the American Psychosocial Association and its Division of Trauma Psychology.
He earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Temple University and completed his post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the Bradley Center of St. Francis Hospital and in private practice in Columbus, Ga. Dr. Peterson completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California and his master’s degree at the University of North Texas.