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Dr. David H. Peterzell

Professor College of Psychology and Holistic Studies
Clinical Psychology

Dr. Peterzell is a cognitive scientist and clinical psychologist, with doctorates in both areas.  He brings.over 30 years of experience teaching and conducting research.  Before arriving at JFK University in January 2015, he spent 15 years as a lecturer and academic mentor at universities in San Diego (UCSD, AIU, SDSU, USD) and Colorado (Fielding, Naropa). He was also a Clinical Health Research Specialist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System.

At JFK University, Dr. Peterzell teaches courses in Research Methods and Statistics, the Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior, Mindfulness in Psychotherapy, and Behavior Modification.

He has primary interests in perception and cognitive neuroscience, cognitive and behavioral therapies, health, pain management, cognitive rehabilitation, and behavioral medicine. Much of his previous work can be found online. His work with students has a much larger scope. Some recent research projects and doctoral dissertations with students include:

  • Cognitive and perceptual approaches to understanding and treating phantom limb pain
  • Societal participation difficulties and cultural beliefs about family and spiritual ceremonies in Ogala Sioux Native Americans with and without traumatic brain injury.
  • Time to Return to Work Following Carpal Tunnel Surgery: Can it be predicted by somatic complaints, mindfulness, or body awareness?
  • Clinical psychology interns’ attachment with clinical supervisors: Do they resemble other close relationships, and can they predict individual differences in working alliance?
  • Executive functioning in adaptation to life with chronic pain.
  • Stress, decision-making, and the brain: Neural correlates and mitigators of acute chronic stress.
  • Perceptual and physiological individual differences in visual processing of medicated and unmedicated depressed individuals


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