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., 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.