Catherine Peterson

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Associate Professor, Coordinator of General Clinical Master’s Program


361F Science Complex


[email protected]


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 and 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.

Current lab projects
  • mixed-methods assessment, including survey and focus group research, of information needs in parents of childhood cancer survivors
  • research examining cognitive functioning, coping and family functioning in youth with recurrent headaches
  • a series of studies examining the psychosocial impact of life-threatening food allergies
  • a study examining parent-physician communication about ADHD treatment

Publications and Presentations

  • Peterson, C.C. and 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., and 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. and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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.
  • Harrison, L.E., Peterson, C.C., Short, M.B., and Wetterneck, C. (2015). Factor structure of the Inventory of Parent Accommodations of Children's Symptoms (IPACS) in a community sample. Children's Health Care, 14 January 2015. DOI 10.1080/02739615.2014.996886
  • Crowley, S.A., Foley, S.M., Wittmann, D.A., Jagielski, C.H., Dunn, R.L., Clark, P.M., Griggs, J.J., Peterson, C.C., Leonard, M., An, L.C., Wei, J.T., Montie, J.E., Janz, N.K. (2015). Sexual health concerns among cancer survivors: Testing a novel information-need measure among breast and prostate cancer patients. Journal of Cancer Education, 16 June 2015. DOI 10.1007/s13187-015-0865-5
  • Trask, C.L. and Peterson, C.C. (2016). The impact of cancer in the classroom: Educational issues. In A. Abrams, L. Wiener, and A. Muriel (Eds.), Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology, Textbook for Multidisciplinary Care. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Iwanicki, S., and Peterson, C.C. (in press). An exploratory study examining current assessment supervisory practices in professional psychology. Journal of Personality Assessment.

Additional Information

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