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Catherine Peterson

Assistant Professor

361F Science Complex




Catherine C. Peterson earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The George Washington University in 2003 with an emphasis in child health psychology. She completed fellowship training in pediatric psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Case Western Reserve University/Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Prior to coming to EMU, she held faculty positions in departments of pediatrics and psychology at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the psychological and neurocognitive functioning in children with medical conditions, particularly childhood cancer survivors. Her teaching interests and clinical work as a licensed clinical psychologist focus on cognitive assessment.


Interests and Expertise

Dr. Peterson's research interests lie within the specialty of pediatric psychology, addressing the neurocognitive and psychological issues associated with chronic medical conditions in childhood. Specifically, she is interested in the neuropsychological sequelae of childhood cancer treatment and their associated psychological outcomes, including the impact on academic achievement, quality of life, family burden, and family intervention. Additionally, she has published on other pediatric medical populations, including type 1 diabetes, sickle cell disease, and recurrent pain. Her current projects include: a survey of information needs in parents of childhood cancer survivors; a study examining cognitive functioning and coping in youth with recurrent headache; and a survey of psychological needs of parents of children with food allergies.



Selected Publications

Peterson, C.C. & Drotar, D. (2006). Family impact of neurodevelopmental late effects in survivors of pediatric cancer: Review of research, clinical evidence, and future directions. Child Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, 11, 349-366.

Holmes, C.S., Chen, R., Streisand, R., Marschall, D., Souter, S., Swift, E., & Peterson, C.C.(2006). Predictors of youth diabetes care behaviors and metabolic control: A structural equation modeling approach. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 31, 770-784.

Drotar, D. & Peterson, C.C. (2006). Psychological Interventions: Pediatric Cancer. In D. Drotar (Ed.), Psychological Interventions in Childhood Chronic Illness. Washington, D.C.: American  Psychological Association.

Pai, A.L.H., Greenley, R.N., Lewandowski, A., Drotar, D., Youngstrom, E., & Peterson, C.C. (2007). A meta-analytic review of the influence of pediatric cancer on parent and family functioning. Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 407-415.

Peterson, C.C., Johnson, C.E., Ramirez, L.Y., Huestis, S., Pai, A.L.H., Demaree, H.A., & Drotar, D. (2008). A meta-analysis of the neuropsychological sequelae of chemotherapy-only treatment for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 51, 99-104.

Josie, K.L., Peterson, C.C., Burant, C., Drotar, D., Stancin, T., Wade, S.L., Yeates, K., Taylor, H.G. (2008). Predicting family burden following childhood traumatic brain injury: A cumulative risk approach. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 23, 357-368.

Peterson, C.C., Cousino, M.K., Donohue, J.E., Schmidt, M.L., & Gurney, J.G. (2012). Discordant parent reports of family functioning following childhood neuroblastoma: A report from the Children’s Oncology Group. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 30, 503-518.

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