Fred Peterson

Fred Peterson

Associate Professor

Health Behavior & Health Education


Office & Hours

Office: BEL 326B
Tuesday: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM & 2:00-3:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM & 2:00-3:00 PM



Courses of Instruction
HED 329K: Child, Adolescent, and Adult Health
HED 370K: Adolescent Health Risk Behavior
HED 395: Child and Adolescent Health Psychology

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
2109 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78712-1415
UT Mail Code: D3700

Full Vita
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1981 Ph.D. University of Illinois (Health Education/Adult Education)


Representative Publications

Peterson, F., Cooper, R., and Laird, J. Enhancing Teacher Health Literacy in School Health Promotion: A Vision For The New Millennium, Journal of School Health, Vol. 71, No. 4: 138-144 (April, 2001)

Peterson, F. The Nuts and Bolts of Adolescent Risk-Taking Behavior: A Primer for Texas School Health Professionals. Journal of the Texas School Health Association - Texas School Health Brief (April 2002)

Jordan-Wyatt, T. and Peterson, F. Risky Business: Exploring Adolescent Risk-Taking Behavior, Journal of School Health, August, 2005 -- Vol. 75, No. 6 (229- 231)

Jordan-Wyatt, T. and Peterson, F. Promoting Social and Health Advocacy in the Classroom through Service Learning, The Health Educator -- Journal of Eta Sigma Gamma, Fall 2008

Peterson, F. Contributing Author - National Health Education Standards Review and Revision Initiative Advisory Panel. National Health Education Standards -- Achieving Excellence, American Cancer Society, 2007

Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. Peterson's primary areas of scholarship lie in child, adolescent, and school health, with a special emphasis in school health teacher education. He has developed an innovative paradigm for teacher training: the Child and Adolescent Health Logic Framework. A special interest is the enhancement of teacher health literacy in students preparing for careers in education and health promotion. Another area of interest is the bio-psycho-sociology of adolescent risk-taking behavior. In his teaching, Dr. Peterson emphasizes the linking of the theoretical and conceptual foundations of youth risk-taking behavior to the design of evidence-based school health education programs. In addition, Dr. Peterson has an interest in Global Warming Education and its relevance in child and adolescent health promotion.