Jana Peterson, MPH, PhD biography

Jana Peterson is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the RRTC Health and Wellness at Oregon Health and Science University. She earned a PhD in Community and Behavioral Health as well as a Master of Public Health degree from The University of Iowa. Her PhD dissertation focused on the relationship of social support and self-efficacy to physical activity participation by adults with intellectual disabilities who receive community-based supported living services.

Dr. Peterson’s activities at the RRTC include research and dissemination projects related to health promotion for individuals with disabilities and health care access for individuals with mobility impairments. Her other research interests include social determinants of health and community-based participatory research. She is an active member of the American Public Health Association DisAbility Special Interest Group, and is also a member of the Society of Public Health Educators, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disability, and the American Association on Health and Disability.