About the Department
Faculty & Staff
The Major & Minor
Student Opportunities
research an Event

Faculty & Staff

Bill Peterson
Professor and Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Development

email Send E-mail office Office: College Hall 206 phone Phone: (413) 585-3000
Lab: (413) 585-3154

Office Hours: Professor Peterson is not holding Psychology Department office hours this year. He is currently serving as Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Development.

In addition to teaching research methods, Bill Peterson offers courses in adolescent and adult development. His latest seminar investigates the topic of identity formation from psychological and literary perspectives. He obtained his B.A. at the University of California, Berkely in 1987, and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1993.

In recent research, Peterson has been studying "generativity"—the desire at mid-life to contribute something of worth to society. He also has an interest in studying authoritarian ideologies and how they direct the developmental goals of young adults. Currently he serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Personality.

Originally from California, Peterson and his spouse find the weather in New England much more interesting; the contrasts of the four seasons and the clear air are invigorating. He enjoys reading and likes old things (like old maps, paintings and movies).