Faculty: Emma Peterson, PhD

Emma Peterson

Emma L. Peterson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology Department

Co-Director, Youth and Family Psychotherapy Services

Faculty, Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience Concentration

Faculty, Clinical Health Psychology Concentration

Degree Major/Emphasis Institution
PhD Child Clinical Psychology University of Denver
MA Child Clinical Psychology University of Denver
BA Psychology Vassar College


  • Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Child/Adolescent CBT Theory and Practice
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Supervision

Research and Practice Interests

  • Improving access to care for underserved populations
  • Integration of mental health services and primary care
  • Impact of local and federal policy on access to services

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • MA Licensed Psychologist


  • National Institute of Mental Health, New Investigator Award, 2018

Publications and Presentations

  • Peterson, E. and Rindlaub, L. (2023). Feel and Think like an Adolescent. In G.P. Koocher, LaGrecca, A.M., Reilly, N.L., and Moorehead-Slaughter, O (Eds.), Parent’s Guide to Psychological First Aid: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Predictable Life Crises (2nd Edition). Oxford University Press.
  • Duval, B., Guziewicz, P., McCauley, J. Berkowitz, L., and Peterson, E. (2022). The first 72 hours: Suicide loss survivor experiences with early responders. Death Studies, 46, doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2022.2063455.
  • Peterson, E., Ndumele, C., and Busch, S. (2019). National Referral and Treatment Patterns among Pediatric Primary Care Visits. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. doi.org/10.1007/s10488-019-00972-9
  • Peterson, E., Pidano, A., and Honigfeld, L. (2018). Referral Patterns from Pediatric Primary Care to Mental Health Specialists. Families, Systems, and Health, 36, 410-414. doi.org/10.1037/fsh0000335.
  • Peterson, E. and Busch, S. (2018). Achieving mental health and substance use disorder treatment parity: A quarter century of policymaking and research but still more to accomplish. Annual Public Health Review, 39, 421-435.
  • Peterson, E., Ndumele, C., and Busch, S. (2017). Differences between primary care and psychiatry in patterns of mental health treatment. Poster presented at the National Research Service Award Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • Peterson, E. and Shirk, S.R. (2015, March) Developmental Constraints on Cognitive Reappraisal in Youth: Testing the Impact of Working Memory Activation. In J. Garber (Chair), Developmental Considerations in the Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents. Symposium presented at the Society for Research and Child Development Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

Concurrent Leadership, Service and Professional Activities

  • Massachusetts Psychological Association, Conference Committee Co-Chair

Prior Experience

  • Predoctoral Intern, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Kennedy Krieger Institute/The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (T32), Yale University School of Public Health