Dr. Peterson is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California and joined the School of Social Work in January, 2004 where she teaches a course on domestic violence, a course on leadership and a course on policy and advocacy.
She was recently appointed to the Los Angeles Mayor’s DV Steering Committee. This committee will oversee the research design of a needs assessment, with funding provided by Blue Shield of California Foundation; and will review the final report.
Dr. Peterson is also a certified strangulation expert witness. She was trained by the topic forensic medical doctors in the USA, along with the founders of the National Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention – Casey Gwinn and Gael Strack.
Dr. CarolAnn Peterson was Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and CEO of a company which she founded, Peterson Professional Alliance. In this capacity she worked with corporate America on recognizing domestic violence in the workplace and how domestic violence impacted their organizations; she assisted other organizations regarding welfare reform and its impact on victims of domestic violence; and she provided training on domestic violence to private, public and non-profit organizations.
Dr. Peterson has done trainings for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (part of Homeland Security) where they train rural law enforcement officers and domestic violence advocates to be trainers in their own communities.
She was a consultant for the City of Tel Aviv, Israel and the City of Los Angeles regarding a joint project between the two cities on workplace domestic violence. She was part of this project for 8 years.