Lance T. Peterson, MSW, PhD, LICSW

Associate Professor

651-962-5811

pete2703@stthomas.edu

I believe that loving and guileless relationships are at the heart of social justice and human flourishing. My lifelong professional quest is attempting to embody this philosophy in my teaching and scholarship. I enjoy helping students succeed and feeling like their contributions to social work are important. In my research, I am seeking to understand: educational, training, and supervisory processes that strengthen student and practitioner competency in clinical practice with families and couples; as well as client voice in identifying how practitioners help clients strengthen their relationships.

  • Relational ontology
  • Mental health
  • Clinical practice with families and couples
  • Solution-focused therapy and other postmodern approaches
  • Qualitative research methods for practice evaluation

Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, 2010

Master of Social Work
Brigham Young University, School of Social Work, 2000

Bachelor of Science
Brigham Young University, School of Psychology, 1998

Fahs-Beck Scholar - Fahs-Beck doctoral dissertation grant approved for a completed prospectus. Funding provided for resources related to doctoral dissertation research: “Partner-perceived Generosity as a Predictor of Marital Quality during the Transition to Parenthood.”

Private Practice Therapist- Eagan, MN, 2012–Present

Social Worker/Therapist- LDS Family Services, Columbus, OH; Minneapolis, MN, 2007–2012

Field Instructor- Case Western Reserve University, 2007–2008

Social Worker/Therapist- Deerfield Behavioral Health, Warren, PA, 2005

Social Worker/Therapist- Summit Community Services, Jamestown, NY, 2001–2005

Residential Social Worker- Randolph Children’s Home, Randolph, NY, 2000–2001

Social Worker/Therapist- Wasatch Mental Health, Provo, UT, 1999–2000

Social Worker/Therapist- Family Support and Treatment Center, Orem, UT, 1999

Peterson, L. T. (2014). "Using Technology in Peer Role-Play Assignments to Enhance Competency in Clinical Dyadic Treatment: A Pilot Study." Journal of Technology in Human Services, 32, 4-21. doi: 10.1080/15228835.2014.885403

Peterson, L. T., Orbuch, T. L., Brown, E. (2014). "Perceived admiration and transition to parenthood for black and white married couples." Journal of Family Social Work, 17, 301-323. doi: 10.1080/10522158.2014.928659

Fischer, R. L., Peterson, L. T., Bhatta, T., & Coulton, C. (2013). "Getting ready for school: Piloting Universal Prekindergarten in an Urban County." Journal of Students Placed at Risk, 18(2), 128-140. doi:10.1080/10824669.2013.799424

Gingerich, W. J., & Peterson, L. T. (2013). "Effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy: A systematic qualitative review of controlled outcome studies." Research on Social Work Practice, 23(3), 266-283. doi: 10.1177/1049731512470859

Tracy, E. M., Munson, M. R., Peterson, L. T., & Floersch, J. E. (2010). "Social support: A mixed blessing for women in substance abuse treatment." Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 10(3), 257-282. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2010.500970

Peterson, L. T. (2008). "Book review: Margaret Sandelowski and Julie Barroso, Handbook for Synthesizing Qualitative Research." Qualitative Social Work, 7(3), 386-391. doi: 10.1177/14733250080070030803

“Husband’s Character Friendship and the Transition to Parenthood.” (2008). Symposium Presentation at the International Association of Relationship Research Conference, Providence, RI.

“Views of Social Support: Perspectives of women in substance abuse treatment.” (2009). Poster presented at the 13th Annual Conference for the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA (Tracy, E., Munson, M., & Peterson, L. T.).

"Husbands' Generosity as a Predictor of African American and White Women's Marital Quality through the Transition to Parenthood." (2009). Poster presented at the 13th Annual Conference for the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

“Views of Social Support: Perspectives of women in substance abuse treatment.” (2009). Paper presented at the 55th Annual Program Meeting for the Council on Social Work Education, New Orleans, LA (Tracy, E., & Peterson, L. T.).

“Audio-recorded Feedback: An Effective and Efficient Approach to Teaching Interviewing Skills.” (2013). Workshop presentation at the 59th Annual Program Meeting for the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX

“Enhancing Competence in Social Work through Using Video and Audio Tools in Supervision.” (2014). Workshop presentation for the 24th Annual State Conference of the National Association of Social Workers, Minnesota Chapter, (Peterson, L. T., & Hurley-Johncox, J.).

“Student Experiences of Couple and Family Practice Pedagogy Aimed at Improving Competency.” (2014). Electronic poster presentation at the 60th Annual Program Meeting for the Council on Social Work Education, Tampa, FL