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Amy Peterson, PhD

Amy Peterson

Director of Special Projects

(831) 440-2131


Amy Peterson (she/her), PhD, is Director of Special Projects at ETR and a researcher with a focus on promoting health equity and young people’s sexual health. Her research interests are in evidence synthesis and the development of tools to support research translation centered in equity. Amy is Co-Principal Investigator of the Kirby Summit, a convening bringing multidisciplinary experts and young people together to foster collective dialogue on sexual health research, programs and policies. Amy supports ETR’s business development and strategic planning efforts and the integration of ETR’s Health Equity Framework across the organization. Amy has a PhD and MSc in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Peterson, A.J., Silver, G.K., Bell, H.A., Guinosso, S.A., & Coyle, K.K. (2022). Young people’s views on pornography and their sexual development, attitudes and behaviors: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research. Am J Sex Educ.

Peterson, A.J., Silver, G.K., & Coyle, K.K. (2021). Young people’s pornography use and sexual health attitudes, development and behavior: a rapid literature review. Scotts Valley: ETR.

Peterson, A., Drake, P., Tat, S., Silver, G., Bell, H. & Guinosso, S. (2020). Youth Engagement in Sexual Health Programs and Services: Findings from the Youth Engagement Network’s Environmental Scan. ETR: Oakland, CA.

Peterson, A., Charles, V., Yeung, D., & Coyle, K. (2020). The Health Equity Framework: A Science- and Justice-Based Model for Public Health Researchers and Practitioners. Health Promotion Practice.

Peterson, A. (2019). Effects of the school environment on adolescent sexual behaviour: a mixed methods assessment of the theory of human functioning and school organisation. PhD (research paper style) thesis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. DOI:

Peterson, A.J., Allen, E., Viner, R., & Bonell, C. (2019). Effects of the school environment on sexual risk behavior: a longitudinal analysis of students in English secondary schools. Journal of Adolescence. 85: 106-114.

Peterson, A.J., Donze, M., Allen, E., & Bonell, C. (2019). Effects of interventions addressing school environments or educational assets on adolescent sexual health: systematic review and meta-analysis. Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health. 51(2): 91-107.

Peterson, A.J. & Bonell, C. (2018). School experiences and young women's sexual behaviour and pregnancy decisions: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative studies. Health and Place. 53:52-61.

Coyle, K.K., Peterson, A.J., Franks, H.M., Anderson, P.M., & Glassman, J.R. (2016). Dual contraceptive method use among youth in alternative schools. Journal of Primary Prevention. 37(6):561-567.

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