Catherine C. Peterson, Ph.D.
Catherine C. Peterson, PhD, is a fully licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Michigan. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University, 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. Throughout her training, she focused her research and assessment practice on neuropsychological functioning in children with medical conditions, particularly childhood cancer. She has held faculty positions as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, first at Case Western Reserve University/Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and then at the University of Michigan Health System/Mott Children’s Hospital, where she worked primarily with the childhood cancer and blood disorders populations.
Dr. Peterson has been on the full-time faculty at Eastern Michigan University since 2012, where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. She teaches assessment courses and provides assessment supervision to graduate students in the Clinical Psychology program. Her assessment supervision in the EMU Community Behavioral Health Clinic serves the broader community, where common assessment referrals include ADHD, learning disorders, behavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders, and coexisting psychological concerns such as anxiety and depression. She is also the program coordinator for the master’s program in General Clinical Psychology. Dr. Peterson has published on the neuropsychological sequelae of childhood cancer treatment and associated psychological outcomes, including the impact on academic achievement, quality of life, and family functioning. Additionally, she has published on other pediatric medical populations, such as diabetes, sickle cell disease, and brain injury. Currently, Dr. Peterson and her graduate students are focused on research with the allergic diseases populations, including food allergy and asthma. Dr. Peterson also holds an adjunct appointment in the Food Allergy Center at University of Michigan Health System.
Dr. Peterson specializes in neurodevelopmental assessment of children who have experienced medical stress or injury, as well as children and adolescents managing chronic medical conditions. She also has expertise in assessment of ADHD and related executive functioning difficulties. She is committed to providing comprehensive, strengths-based assessments for children and adolescents experiencing attention and learning difficulties.