Dr. Peterson has been a full-time member of the faculty of the Department of Nursing since 1985. She currently holds the rank of full professor and is the chairperson of the department of nursing. She is the recipient of the 1998 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Peterson earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Albany. Both her Master's degree in Nursing as well as her PhD in Nursing were earned at the University of Rochester. Dr. Peterson’s primary teaching responsibility in the department is in the area of pediatric and adolescent health care as well as nursing research. She is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and currently practices in a high risk urban pediatric practice. Dr. Peterson also completed a LEAH (Leadership in Education and Adolescent Health) fellowship through the University of Rochester, Division of Adolescent Medicine in 2005- 2006. Dr. Peterson’s research interests are in the area of pediatric asthma, as well as the use of household and family routines to promote health of children and families.
A few of Dr. Peterson’s most recent publications include the following:
Peterson-Sweeney, K.L. (2009) The relationship of household routines to morbidity outcomes in childhood asthma. Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Symonds, K., Peterson-Sweeney, K.L., & Deluca, J. (2009). Case study on infant with fishy odor syndrome. Journal of Pediatric Health Care
Peterson-Sweeney, K.L., Halterman, J.S., Conn, K., & Yoos, H.L. (2009) The effect of family routines for inner city children with asthma. Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Peterson-Sweeney, K.L., & Stevens, J. (2010). Optimizing the health of infants and children: Their oral health counts!. Journal of Pediatric Nursing.
Heavey, E. & Peterson-Sweeney, K.L. (2010). Caring for an adult with down syndrome. Nursing 2010
Vaczy, E., Seaman, B., Peterson-Sweeney, K.L., Hondorf, C. (2010). Passport to health: An innovative tool to enhance healthy lifestyle choices. The Journal of
Pediatric Health Care
Dr. Peterson last presented two posters at the 31st Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Chicago, Illinois, in April 16, 2010. The posters were entitled: “Beyond Traditional Scholarship: The Scholarship of Nursing Practice for the Advance Practice Nurse” and “Passport to Health: An Innovative Tool to Enhance Healthy Eating".
Dr. Peterson enjoys reading and listening to music with fine wine, as well as laughing and visiting with friends and family.