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Jennifer Peterson, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS

Assistant Professor
Jennifer Peterson
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Acute/Critical Care
  • Adolescent/Young Adult Care
  • Cardiovascular
  • Disparities
  • Education
  • Family
  • Genetics
  • Pediatrics
  • Quality Improvement
  • Safety
  • Social Determinants of Health/Poverty


Jennifer Peterson is a board-certified clinical nurse specialist (CNS) with progressive experience in advanced nursing practice roles, focusing on the care of infants, children, and young adults and their families affected by heart disease. Her previous roles included bedside ICU nurse, clinical educator, population-based CNS, RN first assistant, unit-based CNS, and program director. Dr. Peterson is vice chair of the Pediatric Cardiovascular Nursing Committee for the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing. Her clinical and research interests include health outcomes (biobehavioral, neurodevelopmental, and psychosocial) in infants and children with heart disease and interventions that support optimal outcomes, family-centered developmental care, and the influence of genetic conditions on long-term survival in children with heart disease.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Peterson JK, Casida JM. (2021). Critical care CNS role in developmental care for infants with heart disease. AACN Advanced Critical Care; 32(2): 204-208. doi:10.4037/aacnacc2021425.

    Peterson JK, Kochilas, LK, Knight, J, McCracken CM, Thomas AS, Moller JH, Setty SP. (2021). Long-term survival and causes of death in children with Trisomy 21 after congenital heart surgery. Journal of Pediatrics; 231:246-253e3. doi: 10.1016/j/jpeds.2020.12.058.

    Peterson JK, Olshansky EF, Guo Y, Evangelista LS, Pike NA. (2021). Optimism despite profound uncertainty: School and social relationships in adolescents with single ventricle heart disease. Cardiology in the Young; 31:252-259. doi:10.1017/S1047951120003790.

    Catton KG, Peterson JK. (2020). Junctional ectopic tachycardia: Recognition and modern management strategies. Critical Care Nurse; 40(1):46-55. doi: 10.4037/ccn2020793.

    Peterson JK, Setty SP, Knight JH, Thomas AS, Moller JH, Kochilas LK. (2019). Postoperative and long-term outcomes in children with Trisomy 21 and single ventricle palliation. Congenital Heart Disease; 14(5):954-863. doi: 10.1111/chd.12823.

    Peterson JK. (2018). Supporting optimal neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants and children with congenital heart disease. Critical Care Nurse; 38(3):68-74. doi: 10.4037/ccn2018514.

    Peterson JK, Catton KG, Setty SP. (2018). Healthcare disparities in outcomes of a metropolitan congenital heart surgery center: The effect of clinical and socioeconomic factors. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities; 5(2):410-421. doi: 10.1007/s40615-017-0384-7.
  • Awards/Honors

    2020-2025  New Nursing Faculty Fellowship, Nurse Support Program II, Maryland Higher Education Commission

    2020   American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA)

    2019   American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, Martha N. Hill Early Career Investigator award finalist

    2017-2018   University of California, Irvine Public Impact Fellowship

    2015-2017   American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award 15PRE25300024

    2014-2016   Jonas Nurse Leader Scholarship

    2015   NIH Clinical Center Clinical and Translational Research Course for PhD Students

    2013-2014   University of California Graduate Division Fellowship