Devin Petersen | Psychology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Devin Petersen

Doctoral Student, Adult Clinical Pyschology

Devin Petersen


Moses Lake, WA

Undergraduate Institution and Degree:

Brigham Young University. Psychology, B.S.

Current Program/Degree Pursued:

Adult Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

Year of Matriculation:


Awards Received:

Office of Research and Creative Activities Grant (ORCA)

  • Applied for and received $1,500 grant for app-based intervention modules

Mentoring Environment Grant (MEG)

  • Received mentoring grant in collaboration with Jonathan Cox, Ph.D.

Research Interests:

I’m interested in a variety of topics including psychotherapy outcomes, technology augmentation in therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Presentations/Article Submissions:

Fairclough, B., Ford, S., Parker, J., Petersen, D.R., Wahlquist, S., & Nielsen, D. (2013, November) The effects of homework assignments on therapeutic outcomes. Poster presented at the Utah University and College Counseling Center Conference.

Cox, J., Cline, J., Petersen, D.R. (2015, May). The broader autism phenotype and college students' choice of majors: Validity of the broad autism phenotype questionnaire (BAP-Q). Poster presented at the International Meeting For Autism Research.

Petersen, D.R. Cox, J., Petersen, T. (2015, May). Prevalence of untreated depression in college students. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference.

Holt-Lunstad, J., Smith, T., Petersen, D.R. (2015, February) Do support interventions reduce risk for mortality? A meta-analytic review. Poster presented at the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Holt-Lunstad, J., Smith, T., Petersen, D.R., Ford, S., Cho, J., Baker, B., Love, C., Castello, R., Lane, K., Peck., A. (2015, March). Do support interventions reduce risk for mortality? A meta-analytic review. Poster presented at the Mentored Research Conference.

Holt-Lunstad, J., Smith, T. B., Baker, M., Harris, T., & Stephenson, D. (2015). Loneliness and Social Isolation as Risk Factors for Mortality A Meta-Analytic Review. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(2), 227-237. Acknowledgements: Ford, S., Petersen, D.R., Brown, L., Worden, N., Wright, B., Smith, E.R., Badger, C., and Cho, J.

Pedersen, T., Petersen, D.R. (2014, October). Encouraging out-of-session engagement with TherapyAlly, an online support tool. Poster presented at Utah University and College Counseling Center Conference. Park City, Utah.

Pedersen, T. R., Petersen, D.R, & Park, S.Y. (2015, June). Technology-enhanced therapy: Implementation of a flexible online support tool to improve client engagement and outcomes. Refereed paper presented at the 46th annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Salazar, B. Petersen, D.R. (2014, October). Assessing Students’ Perceptions of Using Telecommunication Technology in Psychotherapy. Poster presented at the Utah University and College Counseling Center Conference.

Petersen, D.R., Salazar, B. (2015, March). Therapists’ perceptions of using technology in therapy. Oral presentation at Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Conference.

Petersen, D.R., Nielsen, S.L. (2015, March). The effects of belief and values confusion and religious and spiritual concerns on psychotherapy outcomes. Oral presentation at Midyear Research Conference on Religion and Spirituality.

Petersen, D.R., Nielsen, S.L., Nielsen, D. L., Pedersen, T. (2015, November). Distress about religion, spirituality, beliefs, and values can have generally negative effects on therapy outcome. Poster presentation at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.

Teaching Experience:

  • Writing in Psychology Course TA
  • Psychological Statistics Course TA
  • Research and Design Course TA
  • Introduction to Psychology Course TA
  • Introduction to Psychology Course TA

Future Career Plans:

My career goals center on improving the treatment of various psychological disorders through applied empirical research. I aim to achieve this by researching novel treatment modalities, utilizing technology in therapy, and then implementing effective treatments at individual, group, and community levels. I see myself in the future as a clinical psychology professor possibly with a joint appointment in a college counseling center or maintaining a small private practice on the side.

What Attracted Me to SIU:

I initially became interested in attending SIU based on the research being done by Dr. Kertz and Dr. Drake as well as the opportunity to be trained in both CBT and ACT. Additionally, the clinical program at SIU was of interest because of its equal focus on research and therapy.