Jane Peterson,Ph.D., RN, APRN, FAANP

Clinical Associate Professor

Phone: 816-235-5963


Dr. Peterson is a Clinical Associate Professor who teaches at UMKC School of Nursing in the MSN, DNP, and PhD programs. She currently teaches graduate level theory and health promotion courses. Dr. Peterson’s primary research interests are in promoting physical activity, healthy eating, and weight management, primarily among women and their families. To conduct her research, she collaborates with faith-based organizations and primary care clinics. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and is President of a local AANP organization.

Recent Publications

  • Bopp, M., Peterson, J.A., & Webb, B. (In press). A comprehensive review of faith-based physical activity interventions. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.
  • Peterson, J.A. & Cheng A. (2012 in press). Physical Activity Counseling Intervention to Promote Weight Loss in Overweight Rural Women. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Peterson, J.A. (2012) One Theoretical Framework for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 27 (4), 295-302.
  • Peterson, J.A. & Ward-Smith, P. (2012). Choose to Move for Positive Living: Physical Activity Program for Obese Women. Holistic Nursing Practice, 26 (3),120-128.
  • Bartlett, J. A. & Peterson, J. A. (2011). The uptake of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among adolescent females in the U.S.: A review of the literature. The Journal of School Nursing. 27(6), 434-446.
  • Schmer, C. Ward-Smith, P. & Peterson, J.A. (2011). The effect of Group Assignments on Learning Outcomes. The MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 7(3), 349-353.

Recent Funding

  • Peterson, J. (PI), (2010-2011). Stay Alive with Five-A’s Focus Group Study. Nurse Practitioner Foundation (NPHF)/Astellas Promoting Heart Health Across the Age Span Award.
  • Peterson, J. (PI) (2009-2010). Choose to Move for + (Positive) Living. American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate Community Action Grant.
  • Peterson, J. (PI) (2008-2010) United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Innovative Funding Grant, “Stay-Alive with Five A’s Primary Care Physical Activity Intervention for Women”.