Pediatric Feeding Disorders
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450
Kathryn Peterson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. She received a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (2006), a Master’s in Behavior Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University (2008), and a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (2013). Dr. Peterson completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute with Dr. Cathleen Piazza as her mentor. Currently, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders. Dr. Peterson has served on the board of editors for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and was the recipient of the 2017 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior’s Contribution of the Year award. Dr. Peterson has fulfilled numerous roles on the board for the Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis, including President from 2014-2015.
Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2013
M.A., The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, PA, 2008
B.S., University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE 2006
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, August 2009 to present
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2014
Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis
Research Interests and Projects
- Food selectivity in children with autism spectrum disorders
- Intestinal Rehabilitation and pediatric feeding disorders
- Pediatric feeding disorders
Selected Publications (within the last 5 years)
- Kirkwood, C. K., Piazza, C. C., & Peterson, K. M. (accepted). A comparison of function- and nonfunction-based extinction for inappropriate mealtime behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
- Lee, N., Vladescu, J. C., Reeve, K. F., & Peterson, K. M. (2018). Effects of behavioral skills training on the stimulus control of safety training. Journal of Behavioral Education, 27, 1-17. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10864-018-9309-8
- Ibañez, V. F., Piazza, C. C., & Peterson, K. M. (in press). A translational evaluation of renewal of inappropriate mealtime behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
- Ibañez, V. F., Kirkwood, C. A., Zeleny, J. R., Peterson, K. M., & Piazza, C. C. (in press). Using a special needs feeder to increase liquid intake from a traditional bottle. Behavioral Development.
- Peterson, K. M., Piazza, C. C., Ibañez, V. M., & Fisher, W. W. (in press). Randomized controlled trial of an applied behavior-analytic intervention versus wait-list control for food selectivity in participants with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
- Peterson, K. M., & Ibañez, V. F. (2017). Food selectivity and autism spectrum disorder: Guidelines for assessment and treatment. Teaching Exceptional Children, 50, 322-332. doi: 10.1177/0040059918763562
- Peterson, K. M., Piazza, C. C., & Volkert, V. M. (2016). Comparison of a modified-Sequential Oral Sensory approach to an applied behavior-analytic approach in the treatment of food selectivity in children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 485-511. doi: 10.1002/jaba.332
- Peterson, K. M., Volkert, V. M., & Milnes, S. M. (2016). Evaluation of practice trials to increase self-drinking in a child with a feeding disorder. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 10, 167-171. doi: 10.1007/s40617-016-0147-7
- Peterson, K. M., Piazza, C. C., Luczynski, K. C., & Fisher, W. W. (2016). Virtual-care delivery of applied-behavior-analysis services to children with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 17, 286-297. doi: 10.1037/bar0000030
- Zangrillo, A. N., Warzak, W. J., Volkert, V. M., Valleley, R., Shriver, M. D., Rodriguez, N. R., Peterson, K. M....Allen, K. D. (2016). The Munroe-Meyer Approach: Continuous integration of didactic instruction, research, and clinical practice. The Behavior Analyst, 39, 157-166. doi: 10.1007/s40614-016-0062-9
- Peterson, K. M., Volkert, V. M., & Zeleny, J. R. (2015). Increasing self-drinking in children with feeding disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 436-441. doi: 10.1002/jaba.210
- Volkert, V. M., Peterson, K. M., Zeleny, J. R., & Piazza, C. C. (2014). A clinical protocol to increase chewing and assess mastication in children with feeding disorders. Behavior Modification, 38, 1-25. doi: 10.1177/0145445514536575
Invited Book Chapters
- Peterson, K. M., Piazza, C. C., Kirkwood, C. A., Ibañez, V. F., & Crowley, J. G. (in press). Assessment of pediatric feeding disorders. In J. L. Matson (Ed.), Handbook of childhood psychopathology and developmental disabilities: Assessment (pp. 415-431). New York: Elsevier.
- Volkert, V. V., Patel, M. R., & Peterson, K. M. (2016). Food refusal and selective eating. In J. K. Luiselli (Ed.), Behavioral health promotion and intervention in intellectual and developmental disabilities (Evidence-based practices in behavioral health). (pp. 157-161). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
- Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
- Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis (HLABA)
- Nebraska Association for Behavior Analysis (NEABA)
- Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA)
- The Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior: The 2017 Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis Contribution of the Year Award – May 2017
- Heartland Association for Applied Behavior Analysis Award of Excellence – March 2016
- Association for Behavior Analysis International Student Representative 2012-2013