Assistant Professor | Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
University of Colorado | Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dr. Peterson is an assistant professor at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the program coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Education option and the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner option. She has over 8 years of experience as a nurse educator teaching in the classroom, clinical and online environments for students in BSN, MSN and DNP programs. Her clinical experience includes psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, residential, home health and campus settings with patients across the lifespan from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Dr. Peterson currently practices as a PMHNP at the UCCS Wellness Center and is also a mental health consultant for the Nurse Family Partnership.
Dr. Peterson earned her DNP degree in 2011 from Shenandoah University and her PhD in Nursing in 2014 from Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include prevention and interventions for intimate partner violence and mental illness. One promising newer approach to the problem of interpersonal violence, especially sexual assault, is bystander education. Bystander education programs are innovative for primary dating violence prevention because they emphasize a community approach to violence prevention. The development and evaluation of evidence-based programs targeted at dating violence prevention on college campuses is important. Results will be presented from a research study that compared a bystander education program for dating violence prevention to a traditional awareness education program, as well as to a no education control group. The study findings have important implications for nurses and future dating violence prevention educational programming and policy.