Kerry Peterson

Kerry Peterson PhD, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

Associate Professor of Clinical Teaching Specialty Director of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program, Psychiatric Mental Health Endowed Professorship
  • College of Nursing


Primary Phone:303-724-3508

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Education II North

13120 East 19th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Meet CU Nursing Faculty: Kerry Peterson PhD, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Kerry Peterson is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and the Specialty Director of the PMHNP program. She holds the appointed Psychiatric Mental Health Endowed Professorship. Dr. Peterson earned her PhD in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University, and her DNP, MSN, and BSN from Shenandoah University. She has over 15 years of experience as a nurse educator teaching in classroom, clinical, and online learning environments. Dr. Peterson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (PMHCNS) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Her clinical experience includes psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, residential/shelter, and campus settings. She has worked extensively with survivors of dating violence and domestic violence. Dr. Peterson’s research interests include prevention and interventions for intimate partner violence and mental illness. She has served as the President of the Colorado Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the President of the Xi Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is currently serving as Member-at-Large for the national American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD in Nursing, Johns Hopkins University 2014
  • Nursing Educator Certificate, Johns Hopkins University 2013
  • Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Shenandoah University 2011
  • Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Shenandoah University 2010
  • Master's in Nursing, Shenandoah University 2007
  • Bachelor's in Nursing, Shenandoah University 2005
  • Bachelor's in Psychology, University of Colorado 2003
Licensure / Certs:

  • ANCC Board Certified PMHCNS and PMHNP
  • Colorado RN, APN, RXN


  • Psychiatric Mental Health Endowed Professorship - 2020-Present
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Dissertation Award - 2015
  • Young Career Achievement Distinguished Alumni Award, Shenandoah University - 2015
  • Excellence in Leadership Program, University of Colorado - 2015-2016
  • T32 Pre-doctoral Traineeship in Interdisciplinary Research Training on Violence- National Institute of Child Health and Development, Johns Hopkins University - 2012-2014
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Research Project Award, Shenandoah University -  2011
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association Janssen Student Scholar - 2011
  • Mary Henkel Graduate Academic Excellence Award, Shenandoah University - 2007
  • Wilkins Nursing Award, Shenandoah University - 2005

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