N. Andrew Peterson
N. Andrew Peterson
Associate Professor
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 an Associate 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., Peterson, C.H., Agre, L.A., Christens, B.D. & Morton, C.M. (2011). Measuring youth empowerment: Validation of a sociopolitical control scale for youth in an urban community context. Journal of Community Psychology, 39, 592-605.

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.

Peterson, N.A., Speer, P.W. & Peterson, C.H. (2011). Pathways to empowerment in substance abuse prevention: Citizen participation, sense of community, and police responsiveness in an urban U.S. setting. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 1, 3, 23-31.

Peterson, N.A., Yu, D., Morton, C.M., Reid, R.J., Sheffer, M.A. & Schneider, J.E. (2011). Tobacco outlet density and demographics at the tract level of analysis in New Jersey. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 18, 47-52.

Yu, D., Peterson, N.A. & Reid, R.J. (2009). Exploring the impact of non-normality on spatial non-stationarity in geographically weighted regression analyses: Tobacco outlet density in New Jersey. GIScience & Remote Sensing, 46, 329-346.

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., Speer, P.W. & McMillan, D. (2008). Validation of a brief sense of community scale: Confirmation of the principal theory of sense of community. Journal of Community Psychology, 36, 61-73.

Peterson, N.A., Hughey, J. Lowe, J.B., Timmer, A., Schneider, J.E. & Peterson, J.J. (2007). Health disparities and community-based participatory research: Issues and illustrations. In Robert B. Wallace and Neal Kohatsu (Eds.), Public Health and Preventive Medicine, 15th Edition (pp. 55-62). Norwalk, CT: Appleton & Lange.

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.