Sarah Peterson, M.S.

Doctoral Student Therapist


Sarah Peterson, M.S., is a doctoral student therapist at the Louisville Center for Eating Disorders, supervised by Dr. Cheri Levinson. Sarah is currently a fourth-year graduate student in the University of Kentucky clinical psychology Ph.D. program. She obtained her B.A. in psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI.

Sarah has experience treating adults, adolescents, and children with various presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse. In addition to her clinical work, Sarah also conducts research related to transdiagnostic risk factors for substance misuse and eating disorders.

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Professional Education

University of Kentucky, Master of Science (M.S.), Clinical Psychology
Hope College, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology


Selection of Publications

Peterson, S. J., Davis, H.A. & Smith, G. T. (in press) Personality and learning predictors of adolescent alcohol consumption trajectories. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Peterson, S. J. & Smith, G. T. (in press). Impulsigenic personality traits: From the impulsive to the compulsive. Invited chapter in N. S. Columbus (Ed.), Understanding impulsive behavior: Assessment, influences, and gender differences. Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY.

Peterson, S. J. & Smith, G. T. (2017). Association between elementary school personality and high school smoking and drinking. Addiction. 112(11), 2043-2052.

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