Board of Directors

Dr. Anne C. Petersen

Research Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan

Research Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan

Dr. Petersen joined the Center for Human Growth and Development in January, 2010, and is working on the development of a research training program in global health. She is also developing research proposals on global health issues including a multinational study of the developmental processes in various domains of children with AIDS.  An additional project within the CHGD involves the creation of a web-based collaboration platform permitting mobile access to support mulitnational research collaboration.

Dr. Anne C. Petersen formally served as the Senior Vice President for Programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.  As a senior member of the executive staff, she provided overall leadership for programming, including the development of effective programming strategies, teamwork, policies, philosophies, and organization-wide systems to accomplish the programmatic mission of the Foundation.  She also was responsible for human and financial resources as well as planning and reviewing all program areas.

Previously, Dr. Petersen was the Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), a $3.6 billion federal research agency with 1,300 employees, based in Washington, D.C.  She worked closely with the National Science Board, the National Science and Technology Council, White House officials, and senior NSF management on national science policy.  NSF is the only federal agency responsible for supporting nonmedical research in all fields of science and engineering, through grants to more than 2,000 institutions nationwide.  Before joining NSF, Petersen served as the Vice President for research and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Minnesota, where she oversaw the university's research policies and practices for all campuses, including academic integrity, university wide research centers, and university-industry collaborations.  As dean of the graduate school, she oversaw 175 university wide graduate programs, including allocation of internal funds for research, graduate fellowships, and graduate programs.  She was professor of adolescent development and pediatrics.

Throughout her career, Dr. Petersen has served as a consultant to a number of foundations, including The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey; the Carnegie Corporation of New York, New York City; and the Lilly Endowment Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana.

She has authored more than a dozen books and 175 articles on adolescent and gender issues, including evaluation, health, adolescent development, and higher education issues.  Among her roles in service to science, Petersen chairs a Board of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and serves on a NAS/Institute of Medicine Forum.  She is a founding member of the Society for Research on Adolescence, was president and a council member.  She is the Past President of Developmental Psychology/American Psychological Association, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society.

Dr. Petersen holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in statistics from the University of Chicago in Illinois. There she also earned her doctorate in measurement, evaluation, and statistical analysis.  She is a native of Little Falls, Minnesota.