Dr. Peterzell is both a cognitive scientist and clinical psychologist. Arriving at JFK University in 2015, he brought 30+ years of teaching, research and mentoring at universities in San Diego, Colorado, and Washington (UCSD, SDSU, AIU, USD, Fielding, Naropa, UW), and was a Clinical Health Research Specialist at the VA San Diego. Interests include perceptual and cognitive neuroscience; pain treatment; cognitive rehabilitation; CBT; and behavioral medicine. Research with students spans topics of clinical, cultural and social relevance, including, e.g., prevention of implicit racial bias in high-stakes situations; Native American health; veterans, and mindfulness and somatics in health and sports.


  • Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Sport Psychology - Clinical PsyD Dual Degree


Research Methods and Statistics I (PSD7151)
The Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (PSD7108)
Mindfulness in Psychotherapy
Behavior Modification

Selected Publications

Select publications since 2014. For a more complete list, see Google Scholar for David Peterzell.

McQuaid, J., Peterzell, D., Rutledge, T., Cone, R., Nance, P., Velez, D., Coeshott, R., Ortega, J. Van Duyn, M., Otilingam, P, & Atkinson, J.H., (2014) Integrated Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mirror Visual Feedback (MVF) for phantom limb pain: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Pain 15(4), S108.

Peterzell, D.H., (2014). Psychophysics of two experimental video-based interventions for phantom limb pain in unilateral and bilateral amputees. Perception, 43, p90.

Peterzell, D. H. (2016). Psychophysical investigations into Ramachandran’s mirror visual feedback for phantom limb pain: video-based variants for unilateral and bilateral amputees, and temporal dynamics of paresthesias. Electronic Imaging, 2016(16), 1-10.

Peterzell, D. H. (2016). Discovering Sensory Processes Using Individual Differences: A Review and Factor Analytic Manifesto. Electronic Imaging, 2016(16), 1-11.

Bosten, J. M., Mollon, J. D., Peterzell, D. H., & Webster, M. A. (2017). Individual differences as a window into the structure and function of the visual system. Vision Research, 141, 1-3.

Mollon, J. D., Bosten, J. M., Peterzell, D. H., & Webster, M. A. (2017). Individual differences in visual science: What can be learned and what is good experimental practice? Vision Research, 141, 4-15.

Emery, K. J., Volbrecht, V. J., Peterzell, D. H., & Webster, M. A. (2017). Variations in normal color vision. VI. Factors underlying individual differences in hue scaling and their implications for models of color appearance. Vision Research, 141, 51-65.

Emery, K. J., Volbrecht, V. J., Peterzell, D. H., & Webster, M. A. (2017). Variations in normal color vision. VII. Relationships between color naming and hue scaling. Vision Research, 141, 66-75.

Peterzell, D. H., Serrano-Pedraza, I., Widdall, M., & Read, J. C. (2017). Thresholds for sine-wave corrugations defined by binocular disparity in random dot stereograms: Factor analysis of individual differences reveals two stereoscopic mechanisms tuned for spatial frequency. Vision Research, 141, 127-135.

Dorian, M., Korsmo, B, Humphery, R. & Peterzell, D.H. (2017). The Role of Mindfulness in Reducing Implicit Racial Bias and Bias Related Incidents. 22nd annual summit of the Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma, San Diego, CA, Sept 26, 2017.

Bloxham, W. & Peterzell, D.H. (2018). Stereotype Threat and Memory: Possible Confounds for Cannabis Research. 21st Annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (USA), February, 2018.

Hogarth, B.T. & Peterzell, D.H. (2018, in press). On the perception of “flow” in elite, high-risk athletes: Individual differences in ‘mindfulness’ predict the likelihood of negative consequences. European Symposium on Perception and Action in Sport, Trieste, Italy, August 30, 2018. (Abstract to be published in Perception)

Credentials and Accolades

PhD, Alliant International University, San Diego (CSPP), Clinical Psychology (Doctoral Respecialization)

PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder, Cognitive Psychology (Perception)

MA, University of Colorado, Boulder, Cognitive Psychology (Perception)

BA, University of California, Berkeley, Psychology

California Psychology License PSY19123