Carol Peterson



After receiving my BA in Psychology from Yale University, I attended the University of Minnesota where I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology. I completed my predoctoral clinical psychology internship at the Yale School of Medicine. My NIH-funded research focuses on examining novel approaches to treating eating disorders by targeting the psychological and neurobiological factors that maintain these conditions. I am especially interested in identifying the role of emotion in eating disorder maintenance, as well as innovative approaches to clinical assessment.  I serve as the Program Director of our multisite T32 Midwest Regional Postdoctoral Training Program in Eating Disorder Research. In addition, I work as a clinician in our Interventional Psychiatry Program where I provide psychotherapy to individuals with mood, eating, and anxiety disorders.


  • Behavioral interventions
  • Psychotherapy
  • Adult psychopathology assessment/diagnosis measures (e.g. SCID) for psychiatric disorders
  • Eating disorders (e.g. EDE)

Administrative Assistant

(for academic support only)
Molly Jokimaki

In the Media

Research Summary

Eating disorders: Specifically treatment outcome, assessment, and diagnosis

Clinical Summary

Eating disorders


PhD, University of Minnesota
Major: Psychology (Clinical)
Postdoctoral Student, University of Minnesota, Department of Psychiatry
BA, Magna Cum Laude, Yale University
Major: Psychology

Honors and Recognition

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, University of Minnesota
Albert G. Angier Award for Outstanding Research
Phi Beta Kappa, Yale University
Sigma Xi Scientific Society, Yale University

Professional Memberships

Academy for Eating Disorders Mentorship Program
Academy for Eating Disorders
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Boutelle, K. N., Afari, N., Obayashi, S., Eichen, D. M., Strong, D. R., Peterson, C. B., 2023. Design of the CHARGE study: A randomized control trial evaluating a novel treatment for Veterans with binge eating disorder and overweight and obesity. Contemp Clin Trials,
Simone, M., Loth, K., Peterson, C. B., Berge, J. M., Eisenberg, M. E., Neumark-Sztainer, D., 2022. Social Isolation in a Population-Based Sample of Emerging Adults: Who Is on Their Own?. Emerg Adulthood, 10 (5): 1247-1255.
Boutelle, K. N., Eichen, D. M., Peterson, C. B., Strong, D. R., (Eastern) Kang-Sim, D.-J., Rock, C. L., Marcus, B. H., 2022. Effect of a Novel Intervention Targeting Appetitive Traits on Body Mass Index Among Adults With Overweight or Obesity: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open,
Anderson, L. M., Hall, L. M. J., Crosby, R. D., Crow, S. J., Berg, K. C., Durkin, N. E., Engel, S. G., Peterson, C. B. , 2022. “Feeling fat,” disgust, guilt, and shame: Preliminary evaluation of a mediation model of binge eating in adults with higher weight bodies. Body Image,
Williams-Kerver, G., Wonderlich, S., Crosby, R., Cao, L., Smith, K., Engel, S., Crow, S., Peterson, C. B., Mitchell, J., Le Grange, D., Differences in affective dynamics among eating disorder diagnostic groups. Psychological Sciences,
Haynos, A.F., Anderson, L.M., Askew, A.J., Craske, M.G., Peterson, C. B., Adapting a neuroscience-informed intervention to alter reward mechanisms of anorexia nervosa: a novel direction for future research. Journal of Eating Disorders, 9 (63):
Mason, T.B., Smith, K.E., Anderson, L.M., Schaefer, L.M., Engel, S.G., Crow, S.J., Crosby, R.D., Peterson, C. B., Wonderlich, S.A., 2021. Affective Response to Binge Eating as a Predictor of Treatment Outcomes for Binge-Eating Disorder. Clinical Psychological Science, 9 (4): 752-760.
Haynos, A.F., Wang, S.B., Russell, S.L., Lavender, J.M., Peterson, C. B., Pearson, C.M., Jennings, K.M., Crow, S.J., 2021. An empirical taxonomy of reward response patterns in a transdiagnostic eating disorder sample. Eating Behaviors, 42
Lieberman, A., Duffy, M., Wonderlich, S., Crosby, R., Mitchell, J., Crow, S., Peterson, C. B., le Grange, D., Bardone-Cone, A., Joiner, T., 2021. An examination of the interpersonal theory of suicide’s tenets among women with bulimic-spectrum pathology. Interpersonal & Biological Processes, 84 (2): 137-149.
Williams-Kerver, G.A., Schaefer, L.M., Hazzard, V.M., Cao, L., Engel, S.G., Peterson, C. B., Wonderlich, S.A., Crosby, R.D., 2021. Baseline and momentary predictors of ecological momentary assessment adherence in a sample of adults with binge-eating disorder. Eating Behaviors, 41
Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

Erickson, E., Barker, J.L., Peterson, C. B. "Perceptions of gender non-conforming individuals with eating disorders of being stereotyped while in treatment", International Conference on Eating Disorders, Washington, District of Columbia, June 02, 2023.
Dodd, D.R., Hanson, S., Peterson, C. B., Crow, S., LeGrange, D., Crosby, R.D., Wonderlich, S.A. "Understanding suicidal ideation among women with anorexia nervosa: A test of the Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicide.", Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), June 01, 2023.
Wonderlich, S., Peterson, C. B. "The use of integrative cognitive-affective disorder for the treatment of binge eating", International Conference of Eating Disorders, June 10, 2022.
Peterson, C. B., Sim, L. "Sensitivity and eating disorders: Conceptualizations and treatment implications", International Conference of Eating Disorders, June 10, 2022.
Koithan, E., Zilverstand, A., Hendrickson, T., Mueller, B., Strupp, J., Peterson, C. B. "What can real-time fMRI neurofeedback tell us about neural correlates of emotion and control in anorexia nervosa?", International Conference on Eating Disorder, June 09, 2022.
Barker, J., Keel, P., Kolar, D., Spotts-De Lazzer, A., Peterson, C. B. "Inclusion of exercise in eating disorders treatment: Implications for the concept of Exercise Satiation", International Conference on Eating Disorders, June 09, 2022.
Peterson, C. B., Anderson, L.M., Hazzard, V.M., Mason, T.B, Davis, H., Dodd, D.R., Crosby, R.D., Engel, S.G., Crow, S.J., Wonderlich, S.A. "Feeling “fat” or negative affect? Evaluating the associations between momentary levels of feeling fat and negative affect in individuals with binge-eating disorder.", 27th annual meeting of the Eating Disorders Research Society, Boston, Massachusetts, September 19, 2021.
Peterson, C. B., Anderson, L.M., Hendrickson, T.J., Crosby, R.D., Engel, S.G., Crow, S.J., Wonderlich, S.A., Cullen, K.R. "Neural Correlates of Emotion Regulation and Associations with Treatment Outcome among Adults with Binge-Eating Disorder: A Pilot Study.", The Society of Biological Psychiatry's 76th Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, April 29, 2021.
Peterson, C. B., Sonmez, A., Kay, R., Schmids, S., Herman, A., Widge, A., Nahas, Z., Albott, C. "Changes in sleep with transcranial magnetic stimulation in adults with treatment resistant depression: Preliminary results from a naturalistic study", EPA 2021 virtual conference, April 13, 2021.
Williams-Kerver, G. A., Wonderlich, S. A., Crosby, R. D., Cao, L., Smith, K. E., Engel, S. G., Crow, S. J., Peterson, C. B., Mitchell, J. E., Le Grange, D. "Affective dynamics in eating disorders", Annual Meeting of the Eating Disorders Research Society, Chicago, Illinois, September 08, 2019.



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