Dr. Petersen is originally from the mid-west, but has lived and worked in Southern California throughout his occupational therapy career. He joined the faculty at the University of St. Augustine – San Marcos campus in July of 2020 as an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy. He currently teaches courses in clinical conditions and pediatrics. Dr. Petersen received his BA in English from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and both his MA and post-professional OTD from the University of Southern California. He is completing his Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. His dissertation and research focus is the transition to adulthood for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Petersen has practiced in clinic-based pediatrics, school-based pediatrics, acute care, and inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation. Dr. Petersen has worked in higher education for for many years in both faculty and administrative roles. He lives in Orange County, CA with his wife and three children.