Lindsay Peterson, Ph.D.

Lindsay Peterson

Research Assistant Professor,
Director of the Health Care Administration and Aging Sciences Internship Program
and Interim Director of the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging.

Phone: (813) 974-4656
Office: MHC1343
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Curriculum Vitae


Description of Research Interests

Dr. Peterson’s primary research interest is long-term care policy and practice and communication concerning decision-making, disaster planning, and advance care planning for older adults 


Sue V. Saxon Outstanding Teaching Award, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, 2019 

Wiley P. Mangum Outstanding Service Award, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, 2018

Retirement Research Foundation grant to attend Summer Research Institute, Center for Innovative Care in Aging, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2017

Graduate Research Assistantship grant, Center for Hospice, Palliative Care, and End-of-Life Studies at the University of South Florida, 2015-16

Accepted to and awarded scholarship for ComSciCon, graduate student workshop in science communication, Cambridge, MA, 2015 

Laurence G. Branch Doctoral Student Research Award funded by the Retirement Research Foundation, finalist, American Public Health Association, 2015

USF Graduate School Scholarship, 2012-13

Journalism awards
Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, explanatory writing, 2011
American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, Excellence in Narrative Writing, 2009
Florida Press Club, government news, public service, 2008
Florida Press Club, general news, 2007
Sunshine State, Society of Professional Journalists, investigative reporting, 2007
Mid-Florida Society of Professional Journalists, feature writing, 2004
Florida Silver-Haired Legislature Silver Angel Award, 2003
Sunshine State, Society of Professional Journalists, feature writing, 2002
American Society on Aging Media Award, 2002

PubMed Publications 

Academic Publications

Peterson, L.J., Bowblis, J.R., Jester, D.J., & Hyer, K. (2021). The relationship between staffing levels and consumer complaints in nursing homes. Journal of Aging and Social Policy. doi: 10.1080/08959420.2021.1962173

Peterson, L.J., Bowblis, J.R., Jester, D.J., & Hyer, K. (2021). U.S. state variation in frequency and prevalence of nursing home complaints. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 40(6), 582-589. doi: 10.1177/0733464820946673

Peterson, L.J., Dobbs, D., June, J., Dosa, D.M., Hyer, K. (2021). “You just forge ahead”: The continuing challenges of disaster preparedness and response in Long-term Care. Innovation in Aging.  https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igab038

Jester, D. J., Thomas, K.S., Peterson, L.J., Dosa, D.M., Andel, R., Hyer, K. (2021). Effect of Hurricane Irma on daily direct-care nursing staff in nursing homes. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.17220

Dobbs, D., June, J.W., Dosa, D.M., Peterson, L.J., Hyer, K., (2021) Protecting frail older adults: Long-term care administrators’ satisfaction with public emergency management organizations during Hurricane Irma and COVID-19. Public Policy & Aging Report. https://doi.org/10.1093/ppar/prab019

Rouse, H.J., Jin, Y., Hueluer, G., Huo, M., Bugos, J.A., Veal, B., Torres, M., Peterson, L.J., Dobbs, D., Meng, H., (2021) Association between music engagement and episodic memory among middle-aged and older adults: A national cross-sectional analysis. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. https://doi-org.eres.qnl.qa/10.1093/geronb/gbab044

Jester, D.J., Peterson, L.J., Dosa, D.M., & Hyer, K. (2020). Infection control citations in nursing homes: Compliance and geographic availability. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2020.11.010

Dosa, D.M., Skarha, J., Peterson, L.J., Jester, D. J., Sakib, N., Ogarek, J., Thomas, K.S., Andel, R.A., Hyer, K. (2020). Association between exposure to Hurricane Irma and mortality and hospitalization in Florida nursing home residents. JAMA Open Network. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.19460

Dobbs, D., Peterson, L.J., & Hyer, K. (2020). The unique challenges faced by assisted living communities to meet federal guidelines for COVID-19. Journal of Aging & Social Policy. doi: 10.1080/08959420.2020.1770037

Hua, C.L., Thomas, K.S., Peterson, L.J., Hyer, K., & Dosa, D. (2020). Emergency department use among assisted living residents after Hurricane Irma. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2020.10.010

Peterson, L.J., June, J., Dobbs, D., Dosa, D., & Hyer, K. (2020). Evacuating or Sheltering in Place During a Disaster: The Role of Leadership in Assisted Living. (Paper of Merit) Senior Housing and Care Journal. 28, 27-38.

Peterson, L.J., June, J., Sakib, N., Dobbs, D., Dosa, D., Thomas, K., Jester, D.J., Hyer, K. (2020). Assisted living communities during Hurricane Irma: The decision to evacuate or shelter in place and resident acuity. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 21(8), 1148-1152.E3. doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2020.01.104

Roberts, M., Peterson, L.J., Hyer, K. (2020). State of the states’ assisted living websites: Information available to consumers. The Gerontologist, 60(5), 878-884. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnz174

Dobbs, D., Sadeq, N.A., Peterson, L., Sardina, A., Tan, S.C., Brown-Hughes, T., Andel, R., & Gamaldo, A. (2020). Middle-aged and older Black adults’ experiences completing a traditional paper-and-pencil cognitive battery and two contemporary computerized cognitive batteries. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. doi: 10.1080/13825585.2020.1802403.

Meng, H., Peterson, L.J., Feng, L., Dobbs, D. & Hyer, K. (2019). The use of mobility devices and personal assistance: A joint modeling approach. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 5: 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1177/2333721419885291

Peterson, L.J., Hyer, K., Meng, H., Dobbs, D., Gamaldo, A., O’Neil, K. (2019). Discussing end- of-life care preferences with family: Role of race and ethnicity. Research on Aging, 41(9), 823-844. doi: 10.1177/0164027519858716.

Peterson, L.J., Dobbs, D., Meng, H, Gamaldo, A., O’Neil, K., Hyer, K. (2018). Sharing end-of- life care preferences with family members: Who has the discussion and who does not. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 21 (4), 463-472. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2017.0357

Peterson, L., Meng, H., Dobbs, D., & Hyer, K. (2017). Gender differences in mobility device use among U.S. older adults. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 72 (5), 827-835. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbw081

Brewster, G., Peterson, L., Roker, R., Ellis, M. (2016). Depressive symptoms, cognition, and everyday function among community-residing older adults. Journal of Aging and Health, 29 (3), 367-388. doi: 10.1177/0898264316635587

Peterson, L.J. & Hyer, K. (2015). Shifting to Medicaid managed long-term care: Are vulnerable Florida beneficiaries properly informed? Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35 (10), 1077-1094. doi:10.1177/0733464815570668

Ellis, M, L., Edwards, J.D., Peterson, L., Roker, R., & Athilingam, P. (2014). Effects of cognitive speed of processing training among older adults with heart failure. Journal of Aging and Health. doi:10.1177/0898264314525666

Brown, L. M., Haun, J. N., & Peterson, L. (2014). A proposed disaster literacy model. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 8(03), 267-275.

Classes Taught:

2021                            Assisted Living Management
2018                            Health Care Operations
2014-2017                  Life Cycle
2016                            Sociological Aspects of Aging

2009-2010                   Media Writing, Writing for Multimedia  (University of Tampa, Tampa, FL)
2000-2003                   Writing Your Life Story (USF Learning in Retirement Institute)