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David B. Peterson

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David B. Peterson

Charter College of Education
Department of Special Ed. & Counseling

Office: C-1033 King Hall
Phone: 323-343-6161
Fax: 323-343-5605


David B. Peterson is coordinator of the B.S. in Rehabilitation Services at Cal State LA., and also teaches in the MS in Rehabilitation Counseling. He has been affiliated with several of the nation's top graduate programs in rehabilitation counseling and psychology. He also provided significant university, national, and international service to the rehabilitation counseling and psychology communities, including: Consultation for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Psychological Association (APA) on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF); a gubernatorial appointment to Iowa's Behavioral Science Examiner's Board; chair-ships for Division 22 of APA's Practice and Social & Ethical Responsibility Committees and the American Rehabilitation Counseling Associationís (ARCA's) Council on Research and Knowledge; Vice Chair for the Council on Rehabilitation Educationís (COREís) Commission on Standards and Accreditation; and as a program accreditation site visitor for APA, CORE, and the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).



Course development and instruction focused on applying psychological principles to working with people with a broad range of disabilities, including 45 course preparations in 21 content areas within programs accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and the American Psychological Association (APA).



Dr. Petersonís programs of research address two primary areas: the clinical implementation of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), and computer-based training in clinical problem-solving: ethical decision-making, which have contributed to 42 scholarly products, and 39 state and national presentations at professional conferences. He has directed five research/training grants totaling over $1,300,000, and he has participated in eight editorial commitments to peer-reviewed journals.


Title Date
Peterson, D. B., & Elliot, T.R. (in press). Advances in conceptualizing and studying disability. In R. Lent & S. Brown, Handbook of counseling psychology (4th ed.) (p. xx-xx). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. 2007
Peterson, D. B., Hautamaki, J.B., & Walton, J.L. (2007). Ethics and technology. In R. R. Cottone & V. M. Tarvydas, Counseling ethics and decision making (3rd ed.) (pp. 184-211). New York: Merrill/Prentice Hall. 2007
Peterson, D. B., Hautamaki, J.B., & Hershenson, D.B. (2006). Reflections on our past and prospects for our future: A survey of the members of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA). Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 50, 4-13. 2006
Peterson, D. B., & Murray, G. C. (2006). Ethics and assistive technology service provision. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1(1-2), 59-67. 2006
Peterson, D. B. (2005). International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF): An introduction for rehabilitation psychologists. Rehabilitation Psychology, 50, 105-112. 2005



Ph.D. Rehabilitation Psychology August 1996

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Madison, WI

M.A. Deafness Rehabilitation Counseling May 1993

  • Northern Illinois University
    DeKalb, IL

B.A. Psychology May 1991

  • Northern Illinois University
    DeKalb, IL

A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology August 1987

  • Rock Valley College
    Rockford, IL