Western Kentucky University

Social Work Faculty and Staff - Tina L. Peterson

Dr. Tina L. Peterson, Ph.D., MSW

Dr. Tina L. Peterson, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor

Office:  Academic Complex Room 201C
Phone:  270-745-5058
Email:  tina.peterson@wku.edu

Educational Background:

BA in Social Work - Talladega College '94

Master of Social Work - The University of Alabama '97

PhD in Social Work - The University of Alabama '10




Academic Appointments:

August-December, 2010 - Visiting Temporary Instructor, Western Kentucky University

January-May 2011 - Visiting Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University

August 2011- Present - Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University

Training Fellowship Awards:

SREB Doctoral Scholar Program Graduate, 2006-2010

CSWE Minority Fellow Program Alumni, 2008-2010

 Primary Teaching Areas:

Social Welfare Policy; Research Methods; Social Work Practice with Older Adults

Research Interests:

Aging; intergenerational caregiving in rural settings; mental health disparities in later life

Current Research Projects:

Peterson, T. & Sullivan, D. Needs Assessment of Schools Serving Rural Custodial Grandparents in South Central Kentucky. $7,077

RCAP II--WKU Office of Research, College of Health and Human Services, Department of Social

Work (January ’11-June ’12)

Griffith-Ellis, G., Peterson, T., & Michimi, A. An Analysis of Health Data Gathered through the Institute for Rural Health Development and Research. (Fall ’11-present)  

Peterson, T., Michimi, A, & Ellis-Griffith, G. (grant under review). Repeat service users of a university-based rural mobile health clinic. WKU Research Foundation. RCAP II. Submitted October 2012. 

Rural Aging: Intergenerational Relations and Mental Health Research Lab (RAIRMH)

The RAIRMH Lab seeks to use an interdisciplinary approach to collaborate with faculty, community groups, and students to produce high quality, fundable research that can contribute to understanding rural aging within the context of intergenerational relations and mental health disparities.   


Ellis-Griffith, G., Michimi, A., English, G., & Peterson, T. (accepted with revisions). REDCap and rural health: An opportunity to enhance collaborative research and rural health care delivery. International Journal of Reliable and Quality E=Healthcare.

Nguyen, A., Taylor, Robert J., Peterson, T., & Chatters, L. M. (accepted September 2012) Health, disability, psychological well-being and depressive symptoms among older African American women. Women, Gender, and Families of Color.

Stansbury, K., Peterson, T., & Beecher, B. (accepted August 2012). An exploration of mental health literacy among older African Americans. Aging and Mental Health

Peterson, T. (2010). [Review of the book Speaking Our Minds: What it’s like to have  Alzheimer’s, Revised Edition, by Lisa Snyder]. The Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54(1), 131-133.

Martin, S. S., Trask, J., Peterson, T., Knapp, M., Baldwin, J., & Martin, B. (2010). Influence of culture and discrimination on care-seeking behavior of elderly African Americans: A qualitative study. Social Work in Public Health, 25(3&4), 311-326.


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