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Catherine Peterson

Associate Professor

Dr. Peterson 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. She has a longstanding interest in the neuropsychological sequelae of childhood cancer and other chronic medical conditions, as well as quality of life and family burden. Additionally, she has published on other pediatric medical populations, including type 1 diabetes, sickle cell disease, recurrent pain, and allergy. Current lab projects include: A study examining cognitive functioning, coping, and family functioning in youth with recurrent headache; a series of studies examining the psychosocial impact of life-threatening food allergies; assessment of quality of life in children with cancer in southeast Asia; a study examining parent-physician communication about ADHD treatment; and studies examining eating behavior in adolescents and young adults with food allergy or intolerance.



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.

Harrison, L.E., Peterson, C.C., Short, M.B., & 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. & Peterson, C.C. (2016). The impact of cancer in the classroom: Educational issues. In A. Abrams, L. Wiener, & A. Muriel (Eds.), Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology, Textbook for Multidisciplinary Care. New York, NY: Springer.

Iwanicki, S., & Peterson, C.C. (in press). An exploratory study examining current assessment supervisory practices in professional psychology. Journal of Personality Assessment.

Peterson, C.C., & Harrison, L.E. (2018). Development of a brief assessment of activity limitations in children with food allergy. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, 120(3), 327-8. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anai.2017.10.032

Wilson, S. A., & Peterson, C.C. (2018). Medical care experiences of children with autism spectrum disorder and their parents: A scoping review. Child: Care, Health, and Development, 44(6), 807-817.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cch.12611 

Bidwell, S., Peterson, C.C., Demanelis, K., Rentschler, K., Meza, R., Sriplung, H., Chitapanarux, I., Pongnikorn, D., Daoprasert, K., Wiangnon, S., Suwanrungruang, K., Chansaard, W., Chotsampancharoen, T., & Rozek, L. (in press). Childhood cancer incidence and survival in Thailand: A comprehensive population-based registry analysis, 1990-2011. Pediatric Blood & Cancer.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pbc.27428  

Peterson, C.C., Riggs, J., Guyon-Harris, K., Harrison, L.E., & Huth-Bocks, A. (in press). Effects of intimate partner violence and quality of the home environment on child language development in the first three years of life. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

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