Dr. Peterson is Clinical Professor and Director of Professional Education (MS and entry-level OTD), Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her PhD from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Her clinical experience as an occupational therapist is primarily in the area of gerontology/physical disabilities, and her research interests over the past 30+ years have focused on falls and fear of falling epidemiology, measurement, and interventions for people living with multiple sclerosis and community-dwelling older adults. Dr. Peterson has been a faculty member at UIC since 1993 and has taught BS, MS, and post-professional OTD students. Her accomplishments as an educator have been recognized with 11 internal awards, including UIC’s highest teaching honor – the Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Peterson was the inaugural (2019) recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Distinguished Educator Award. Dr. Peterson is a Fellow of the AOTA.