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P. Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson

Professor & Department Chair
Behavioral Health & Nutrition
025 Carpenter Sports Bldg.
302-831-1014
pmpeter@udel.edu

 

 

 


Research Interests

  • Health Promotion Program Development and Evaluation
  • Social Marketing and Health Communications
  • Workplace Stress
  • Psychosocial & cultural aspects of health behavior

Education

  • Ed.D., University of Kentucky, 1993 - Health Promotion/Educ
  • Cert, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, 1993 - Behavioral Medicine
  • M.A., California State Univeristy Los Angeles, 1990 - Exercise Science
  • B.A., Ambassador College, 1987 - Liberal Arts - Liberal Arts

Professional Experience

  • Chairman, University of Delaware, Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition. 2010 to present
  • Professor, University of Delaware, Department of Health Nutrition, & Exercise Science. 2005 to present.
  • Senior Consultant, Workplace Consultants Inc.  1998 to present
  • Graduate Faculty Member, Thomas Jefferson University, Masters in Public Health Program.  2008 to present

  • Associate Professor, University of Delaware, Department of Health Nutrition, & Exercise Science. 1998 to 2005
  • Director, Graduate Health Promotion Program, University of Delaware, 1998 to 2008
  • Director University of Delaware Wellness Center, 1997 through 1998

  • Assistant Professor, University of Delaware, Department of Health and Exercise Sciences. 1995 to 1998
  • Assistant Professor State University of New York at Oswego, Department of Health and Physical Education, School of Education.  1993-1995
  • Employee Wellness  Program Director, State University of New York at Oswego.  1993-1995
  • Consultant/Coordinator of Wellness Programming, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Correctional Institute, Atwood Drug Rehabilitation Center, Lexington, KY. 1991-1993
  • Director, Student Housing and Residential Life, Ambassador College.  1988-1990

Recent  and Select Publications/Books & Publications

  • Woolley P, Peterson M (2012). Efficacy of a health related Facebook Social Networking site on health-seeking behaviors. Social Marketing Quarterly. 18:29-39.
  • Kling L, Cotugna N, Snider S, Peterson PM (2009). Using metaphorical techniques in focus groups to uncover mothers’ feelings about family meals. Nutrition Research and Practice. 3(3).
  • Massimini M, Peterson M (2009) Information and Communication Technology: affect on US college students. Cyberpsychology. 3(1). Online at www.cyberpsychology.eu
  • Peterson M, Chandlee M, Abraham A. (2008) Cost-benefit analysis of a statewide media Campaign to promote adolescent physical activity. Health Promotion Practice. 9(4),426-433
  • Jung J, Peterson M. (2007) Body dissatisfaction and patterns of media use among preadolescent children. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal. 36; 40-54
  • Gemmill E, Peterson M. (2006) Technology use among college students: implications for student affairs professionals. NASPA Journal. 43(2), 280-300.
  • Largo-Wight E, Peterson M., Chen W. (2005) Perceived problem solving, stress, and health among college students. American Journal of Health Behavior. 29(4):360-370. Peterson M, Abraham A, Waterfield A. (2005) Marketing physical activity: Lessons learned from a Statewide Media Campaign. Journal of Health Promotion Practice 6: 437-446.
  • McChesney J, Peterson M (2005) There is no off-season any more. Athletic Therapy Today. 10(6), 6-10.
  • Peterson M (2004). What Men and Women Value at Work: Implications for Workplace Health. Journal of Gender Medicine. 1(2),106-124.
  • Peterson M, Orsega-Smith E, Tholstrup L. (2004). Validity of the BMI-based Silhouette Matching Test. American Journal of Health Behavior. 28(5);437-443.
  • Peterson M, Wilson J. (2004). Work Stress in America. International Journal of Stress Management. Vol 11, May. 11(2);91-113.
  • Peterson M, Goodwin S, Ellenberg D. (2004). Analysis of an American Cancer Society’s Generation Fit Project. American Journal of Health Education. 35(3);141-149.
  • Peterson M, Martin S. (2003) Associative Group Analysis: A Tobacco Prevention Case Study. Social Marketing Quarterly 9(2), 32-49.
  • Peterson M, Ellenberg D, Crossan S. (2003) Body image perceptions: reliability of a BMI based silhouette matching test. American Journal of Health Behavior. 27(4), 355-363.
  • Robinson MJ, Peterson M, Carpenter JR. (2003) Job satisfaction on NCAA III athletic directors: Impact of job design and time on task. International Sports Journal. Summer, 46-57.
  • Peterson, M., & Wilson, J. (2002) The Culture-Work-Health model and work stress. American Journal of Health Behavior 26(1), 16-24.
  • Dunnagan, T., Peterson, M., & Haynes G. (2001) Mental health issues in the workplace: a case for a new managerial approach. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 43(12), 1073-1080.
  • Peterson, M (2000) Health Promotion Values. Health Promotion Practice. 1(3).
  • Peterson, M. (1999). Preventive stress management in organizations. American Journal of Health Behavior. 23(1):73-77.
  • Peterson, M., & Dunnagan, T. (1998). Analysis of a work site health promotion programs impact on job satisfaction. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 40(11), 973-979.
  • Peterson, M., & Wilson, J. (1998) A culture-work-health model: A theoretical perspective. American Journal of Health Behavior. 22(5). 378-390.
  • Peterson, P.M., & Dunnagan, T. (1998). Issues in Rural Health Programming: A Center Perspective. Journal of Rural Health. 14(1), 9-16.
  • Peterson, M. (1997) Skills to enhance problem-based learning. Medical Education Online. [http://www.utmb.edu/meo] .
  • Peterson, P.M. (1997) A Team-based Approach to Problem-based Learning: An Evaluation of Structured Team Problem Solving. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.
  • Dunnagan, T., Peterson, P.M., Wilson, J. (1997) Qualitative evaluation techniques and wellness programming. American Journal of Health Studies.
  • Peterson, P.M. (1997) Work, Corporate Culture and Stress: Implications for Worksite Health Promotion. American Journal of Health Behavior. 21(4), 243-252.
  • Peterson, P.M. (1996) Structured Team Problem Solving: Innovation in Health Education and Promotion. Catalyst. 23(1), 4-6.
  • Peterson, P.M., & Wilson, J. (1996) Job Satisfaction and Perceptions of Health. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 38(9), 891-898.
  • Peterson, P.M. (1996) Health Perception and Behavior Comparisons Between Wellness Program Participants and Non-participants. Journal of Wellness Perspectives. 12(3), 155-160.
  • Peterson, P.M. & Johnstone, B. (1995) The Atwood Hall Health Promotion Program, Federal Medical Center, Lexington KY: Effects on drug-involved federal offenders. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 12(1), 43-48.

Abstracts

  • Abraham A, Peterson PM, Waterfield DA (2003). Efficacy of a Statewide Social Marketing Campaign to Promote Physical Activity. Medical Science in Sports and Exercise. 34(5); Supplement.
  • Abraham A, Peterson PM, Waterfield, DA (2004). The Delaware Lieutenant Governor’s Challenge: First Year Results. 51st Annual Meeting American College of Sports Medicine. Indianapolis, Indiana. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 36(5): Supplement.
  • Robinson, M. Peterson M. (2004). Job Satisfaction and Stress of NCAA Directors in Athletics.

Books and Publications

  • Peterson, P. Michael (2008) Culture, Ethics, and the Board. In. Governance for Health Care Providers. Nash, D. Editor.
  • Peterson M. (2003). Work Stress—An Individual Approach. Cortext Continuing Medical Education. Jobson Publishing Co: New York.
  • Peterson M. (2003). Work Stress—A Socio-ecological Approach. Cortext Continuing Medical Education. Jobson Publishing Co: New York.
  • Peterson M. (2002) Creating the Dream Team. Skills for Productivity, Profit and Performance. Workplace Consultants, Inc.: Landenberg, PA.

Grants

Ongoing Research Support

  • Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (2012-2014)
    Statewide Healthy Communities Cooperative Initiative (Peterson M, PI)
  • Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (2009-2012)
    Implementation and Evaluation of a Statewide Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Campaign (Peterson M., PI)
  • Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (2011-2013)
    Development of a Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching (Peterson M, PI)
  • Delaware Women Infants and Children Program (2011-13)
    Development and assessment of a Food Demonstration Intervention (Peterson M, PI)

Completed Research Support

  • Nemours Health and Preventions Services (2007-2008)
    To conduct a research policy scan related to the built environment ( Peterson M., PI)
  • Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (2001-2009)
    Implementation and Evaluation of a Statewide Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Campaign (Peterson M., PI)
  • Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (2009-2010)
    Evaluation of a Community-based Diabetes Prevention Initiative. (Peterson M., Co-PI)
  • Delaware Women Infants and Children Program (2010-11)
    Evaluation of a community based health behavior therapist intervention among WIC clients. (Peterson M., PI)
  • Nemours Health and Prevention Services (2010)
    Evaluation and creation of a tool to assess routes to school for safety. Tool will be used to determine policy and infrastructural changes needed to support walkable and bike-able communities. (Peterson M., PI)
  • Delaware Department of Health and Social Services—ARRA (2010-2012)
    Assessment of environmental and community based interventions to promote healthy eating and physical activity (Peterson M, PI)

Honors & Awards

  • Senior Scholar, Thomas Jefferson University Medical College. Department of Health Policy. (2006).
  • Health Education Network of Delaware Special Award for service and leadership provided to health professionals throughout the State of Delaware (2004)
  • University of Delaware Department of Nursing Award for contributions to the education and professional growth of nursing students. (2000)

Courses

Graduate Courses

  • Advanced Health Promotion Programming and Evaluation
  • Health and the Media
  • Human Response to Stress
  • Social Marketing & Health Communications
  • Statistics
  • Survey Research Methods
  • Independent Studies

Undergraduate Courses

  • Development of Health Promotion Programs
  • Research Methods and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • Dynamics of Team Problem Solving
  • Health Behavior Science Issues and Topics
  • Health and Aging
  • Health Behavior Theory and Assessment
  • Principles of Fitness Management
  • Personal Wellness

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