N. Andrew Peterson
N. Andrew Peterson
PhD, Missouri-Kansas City
Dr. Peterson's research interests include community organizing, substance abuse prevention, program evaluation, and empowerment theory.


N. Andrew Peterson, Ph.D. is a Professor with the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. He earned his Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1998. His research examines the mechanisms through which community organizations promote empowerment and community change. His work also focuses on preventing community-level problems (e.g., tobacco outlet density, alcohol outlet density, density of vacant and abandoned housing, etc.) that contribute to social and health disparities. He currently serves as Principal Investigator of a study funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services to evaluate the implementation of a new statewide prevention infrastructure that identifies communities based on epidemiological analyses and implements evidence-based and culturally-competent prevention strategies.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Statistics II
  • Research Methods II
  • Community Organization

Selected Recent Publications:

Peterson, N.A., Farmer, A.Y. & Zippay, A. (2014). The implicit curriculum in an urban university setting: Pathways to students’ empowerment. Journal of Social Work Education, 50, 630-647.


Powell, K.G. & Peterson, N.A. (2014). Pathways to effectiveness in substance abuse prevention: Empowering organizational characteristics of community-based coalitions. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 38, 471-486.


Peterson, N.A. (2014). Empowerment theory: Clarifying the nature of higher-order multidimensional constructs. American Journal of Community Psychology, 53, 96-108.


Morton, C.M., Simmel, C. & Peterson, N.A. (2014). Alcohol outlet density and rates of child abuse and neglect: Moderating effects of access to substance abuse services. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38, 952-961.


Peterson, N.A., Farmer, A.Y., Donnelly, L. & Forenza, B. (2014). Assessing the implicit curriculum in social work education: Heterogeneity of students’ experiences and impact on professional empowerment. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 34, 460-479.


Yu, D., Morton, C.M. & Peterson, N.A. (2014). Community pharmacies and addictive products: Sociodemographic predictors of accessibility from a mixed GWR perspective. GIScience & Remote Sensing, 51, 99-113.


Cheryomukhin, A. & Peterson, N.A. (2014). Measuring relational and intrapersonal empowerment: Testing instrument validity in a former Soviet country with a secular Muslim culture. American Journal of Community Psychology, 53, 382-393.


Schneider, J.E., Peterson, N.A., Kiss, N., Ebeid, O. & Doyle A. (2011). Tobacco litter costs and public policy: A framework and methodology for considering the use of fees to offset abatement costs. Tobacco Control, 20 (Suppl 1), i36-i41. 

Gutierrez, M.A., Franco, L.M., Powell, K.G., Peterson, N.A. & Reid, R.J. (2009). Psychometric properties of the acculturation rating scale for Mexican Americans-II: Exploring dimensions of marginality among a diverse Latino population. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 31, 340-356.

Peterson, N.A., Lowe, J.B., Hughey, J., Reid, R.J., Zimmerman, M.A. & Speer, P.W. (2006). Measuring the intrapersonal component of psychological empowerment: Confirmatory factor analysis of the sociopolitical control scale. American Journal of Community Psychology, 38, 287-297.

Peterson, N.A. & Zimmerman, M.A. (2004). Beyond the individual: Toward a nomological network of organizational empowerment. American Journal of Community Psychology, 34, 129-145.