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Jennifer Petersen
Associate Professor

  • Office Location: Winther Hall 6043
  • Phone: (262) 472-5408
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Jennifer Petersen is an Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations at UW-Whitewater. She teaches courses primarily related to Developmental Psychology. Dr. Petersen completed her doctorate in psychology at UW-Madison. Her research focuses primarily on the development of gender and gender stereotyping in girls and young women. This research interest has resulting in publications on girl's sexuality, peer sexual harassment, disordered eating, and girl's involvement in science and math careers.


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2010 Developmental Psychology
    Doctoral Minor: Quantitative Methods



  • Petersen, J. L. & Hyde, J. S. (2012) Peer sexual harassment and disordered eating in early adolescence.Developmental Psychology, 48, 1-12.
  • Petersen, J. L. & Hyde, J. S. (2012). Sexual harassment by peers. In E. L. Zurbriggen & T.A. Roberts (Eds) The sexualization of girls and girlhood. (pp. 109-128). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Petersen, J. L. & Hyde, J. S. (2011) Gender differences in sexuality. Annual Review of Sex Research, 48 149-165.
  • Lindberg, S. M., Hyde, J S., Petersen, J. L., & Linn, M. C. (2010) New trends in gender and mathematics performance: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 136, 1123-1135.