Darleen Peterson is a professor of practice in the School of Community & Global Health at Claremont Graduate University. She is also the senior associate dean for academic affairs and the director of the Certificate, and MPH programs at CGU. Her research interests include health communication, specifically the evaluation of statewide tobacco control campaigns and the assessment of pro-tobacco marketing activities.
She received an MA in Communications Management from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication, an MPH in Community Health Education from California State University, Northridge, and a PhD in Preventive Medicine (Health Behavior Research) from USC. She is a masters-level certified health education specialist (MCHES). Prior to moving to CGU, Peterson served as assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine as well as the assistant director for the Master of Public Health program at USC.
Peterson is co-editor of Health Program Planning: Creating Behavioral, Environmental, and Policy Change (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022). The PRECEDE-PROCEED model, developed in the early 1970s and first published as a text in 1980, has been effectively applied worldwide to address a broad range of health issues: risk factors like tobacco and lack of exercise, social determinants of health such as lack of access to transportation and safe housing, and major disease challenges like heart disease and guinea worm disease. Within in the text, Peterson presents a separate appendix that maps public health competencies to the chapters that address them, allowing instructors to assign readings covering specific topics and to develop relevant assessment activities for students as they progress in their respective public health degrees. Prior to this text she co-edited a third edition of Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations (Sage, 2014). Within this edition Peterson co-authored several chapters, including: “Culture, Health Promotion & Cultural Competence,” “Health Promotion Tips for the Practitioner and Student,” and “Closing Thoughts and Emerging Issues in Multicultural Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.” In addition, Peterson has published peer-reviewed articles in such journals as Community Theory, Preventive Medicine, and Pedagogy in Health Promotion.
Co-authored with L.W. Green, A.C. Gielen, M.W. Kreuter, and J.M. Ottoson. “A Model for Population Health Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation.” In Health Program Planning: Creating Behavioral, Environmental, and Policy Change, edited by L.W. Green, A.C. Gielen, M.W. Kreuter, D.V. Peterson, and J.M. Ottoson, 3-38, Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022.
Co-authored with Hemingway B.L., Felicitas-Perkins J.Q., Johnson C.A., Osur M, Orr J, Gatto N.M. “Design and Implementation of an Advanced Integrative Practicum Series for DrPH Students: Enriching Learning through Professional Practice Experiences.” Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 8 (2020): 142-150.
Co-authored with R. M. Huff and M. V. Kline. “Culture, Health Promotion & Cultural Competence.” In Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations 3rd ed, edited by R. M. Huff, M. V. Kline, and D.V. Peterson, 3–23. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing, 2014.
Co-authored with R. M. Huff and M. V. Kline. “Health Promotion Tips for the Practitioner and Student.” In Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations 3rd ed, edited by R. M. Huff, M. V. Kline, and D.V. Peterson, 447–88. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2014.
Co-authored with R. M. Huff and M. V. Kline. “Closing Thoughts and Emerging Issues in Multicultural Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.” In Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations 3rd ed., edited by R. M. Huff, M. V. Kline, and D.V. Peterson, 489–493. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2014.
Co-authored with Bin Xie, et al. “Overweight trajectories and psychosocial adjustment among adolescents.” Preventive Medicine 57, no. 6 (2013): 837–43.
Co-authored with T.W. Valente, et al. “Intermedia process in the adoption of tobacco control policies among California opinion leaders.” Communication Theory 16 (2006): 91–117.
Supervised Field Training in Public Health