Faculty & Staff
Dr. Peters is a Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida USA. He served as Department Chair from 2004-2011, and as Associate Chair from 2002-2004. Dr. Peters holds a joint appointment in USF’s College of Public Health. Dr. Peters received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Florida State University, following completion of a pre-doctoral internship at the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine, and is a licensed Psychologist in Florida.
Dr. Peters has pursued research, consultation, and training initiatives involving substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, and behavioral health treatment within the criminal justice system. He has published frequently in major journals, served on federal expert panels, grant and document reviews, national advisory boards and committees, and has served as a consultant to numerous federal and state agencies. Research, consultation, and training have been conducted within jails, prisons, courts, community corrections, and in juvenile justice settings. Clinical activities have included forensic assessment; supervision of postdoctoral fellows, predoctoral interns, and graduate students; and outpatient treatment of sex offenders and substance abusers.
Dr. Peters currently serves as Principal Investigator on a five-year NIDA R25 Summer Research Institute (SRI) grant. He also serves as Principal Investigator and Director of the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Coordinating Center for North American Universities, funded by the Colombo Plan-DAP and the U.S. Department of State/INL. He served for five years as Principal Investigator and Project Director for the NIDA P30 Research Core Center - USF’s Center on Co-Occurring Disorders, Justice, and Multidisciplinary Research. Dr. Peters was the Principal Investigator and Project Director for development of Phase I and II of the Tampa Practice Improvement Collaborative (PIC)/Suncoast Practice and Research Collaborative (SPARC) in the Tampa Bay area, funded by SAMHSA to bridge the gap between research and practice communities in work with substance-involved offenders. From 1995-2004 he served as Lead Consultant to the National GAINS Center, a collaborative federal partnership to improve services for individuals with co-occurring disorders in the justice system. In 2007, Dr. Peters provided testimony to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on the Second Chance Act legislation.
Dr. Peters served for four years on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and for eight years on the Treatment-Based Drug Court Steering Committee for the Supreme Court of Florida. He currently serves on the Florida Supreme Court’s Steering Committee on Problem-Solving Courts and has been a faculty member of the National Judicial College since 2014. Dr. Peters served on two expert panels for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on “Treatment and Care for People with Drug Use Disorders in Contact with the Criminal Justice System: Alternatives to Conviction or Punishment”. He also serves on the editorial boards for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, Addictology, the Journal for Advancing Justice, and the Drug Court Review. Dr. Peters served as Chair and Co-Editor of the SAMHSA/CSAT Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #44 on “Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults in the Criminal Justice System”. Dr. Peters was the lead author of the monograph “Screening and Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System” (3rd edition) which was published by SAMHSA in 2016.
In 2015 Dr. Peters was awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant and served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He received a second Fulbright Specialist grant in 2017 with the Universidad Catolica in Asuncion, Paraguay. Dr. Peters recently helped establish the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) and serves as Vice President of ICUDDR. Dr. Peters is a member of the Treatment Expert Advisory Group (T-EAG) for the Colombo Plan, based in Sri Lanka.
- B.A., Haverford College
- M.S., Florida State University
- Ph.D., Florida State University
- Co-occurring mental and substance use disorders in the justice system
- Screening, assessment, and treatment of substance use disorders in the justice system
- Relapse prevention approaches and cognitive-behavioral approaches with offenders
- Evaluation of addiction and co-occurring disorders treatment efficacy in drug courts, jails, prisons, community corrections, and other criminal justice settings
- Alternative judicial case processing approaches, including drug courts, mental health courts, and specialized dockets for co-occurring disorders
- Implementation of evidence-based practices within community-based substance abuse treatment settings and within the justice system
Exploring the scope and content of university-based addiction studies programs
- Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Coordinating Center for North American Universities
- International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) R25 grant - Summer Research Institute (SRI) on Addictions.
- AHCA Study - Florida’s Medicaid Methadone Maintenance Services
- Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies 2
- Medication Assisted Drug Court Treatment (MADCT) Program
- Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG)
- Suncoast Practice and Research Collaborative (SPARC)
- USF’s Center on Co-Occurring Disorders, Justice, and Multidisciplinary Research (CJM Center)
Peters, R.H. & Singleton, D.L. (in press). The school to prison pipeline. Encyclopedia of Race, Crime, and Justice.
Pavlovska, A., Peters, R.H., Miovsky, M., Babor, T., Gabrehelik, R., & Sloboda, Z. (2018). Overview of the addiction studies programmes in North American universities. Journal of Substance Abuse, DOI: 10.1080/14659891.2018.1505970
Peters, R.H., Young, M.S., Rojas, E.C., & Gorey, C.M. (2017). Evidence-based treatment and supervision practices for co-occurring mental and substance us disorders in the criminal justice system. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. doi.org/10.1080/00952990.2017.1303838
Duffee, D., Shafer, M.S., Spohn, C., McKendrick, K., Melnick, G., Hiller, M., Peters, R.H., Taylor, R., Welsh, W., Zajac, G., Lehman, W., Prendergast, M.,Frisman, L., Gallagher, C., Rodis, E., Martin, S., Robbins, C., Duvall, J., Winston, E.M., Staton-Tindall, M., Stein, L., & Fletcher, B.W. Improving best practices in assessment and case planning for offenders: Organizational process improvement intervention - a protocol. Implementation Science.
Peters, R.H., Rojas, L., & Bartoi, M.G. (2016). Screening and assessment of co-occurring disorders in the justice system. Delmar NY: SAMHSA’s National GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation.
Peters, R.H., & Hunt, E. (2016). Mental health courts. In W. Jennings (Ed.), Encyclopedia of crime and punishment. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
Peters, R. H., Kremling, J., & Hunt, E. (2015). Accuracy of self-reported drug use among offenders: Findings from the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring–II program. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 42(6), 623-643. doi:10.1177/0093854814555179
Hunt, E., Peters, R. H., & Kremling, J. (2015). Behavioral health treatment history among persons in the justice system: Findings from the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring II Program. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 38(1), 7-15. doi:10.1037/prj0000132
Peters, R. H., Wexler, H. K., & Lurigio, A. J. (2015). Co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in the criminal justice system: a new frontier of clinical practice and research.Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 38(1), 1-6. doi:10.1037/prj0000135
Peters, R. H., Hunt, B., & Young, M. S. (2015). SMART Recovery. In J. Golson (Ed.), Alcohol: Social, cultural, and historical perspectives.(pp. 1164-1166). Thousand Oak, CA: Sage Publishers
Peters, R. H., Gonzalez, S., & Young, M. S. (2015). The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI). In J. Golson (Ed.), Alcohol: Social, cultural, and historical perspectives (pp. 895-897). Thousand Oak, CA: Sage Publishers.
Lee, B. S., Sen, P. K., Park, N. S., Boothroyd, R. A., Peters, R. H., & Chiriboga, D. A. (2014) A clustering method to identify who benefits most from the treatment group in clinical trials, Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine: An Open Access Journal, 2, 1, 723-734, doi: 10.1080/21642850.2014.924857
Peters, R.H., Kushner, J., & Cooper, C. (2014). Drug court treatment resource guide. Washington, D.C: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Casey, R., Clark, C., Smits, P., & Peters, R. H. (2013). Application of implementation science for homeless interventions.American Journal of Public Health, 103(S2), S183-S184. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301729.
Kremling, J. & Peters, R.H. (2013). Drug courts. In J. Kremling & L. Gaines (Eds.), Drugs, Crime, and Justice (pp. 423-443). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.
Peters, R.H. (2013). Effective intervention strategies for offenders who have co-occurring disorders: An overview of research findings. Briefing paper for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Einstein Expert Panel on Co-Occurring Disorders among Justice System Populations. Rockville, Maryland: SAMHSA.
Boothroyd, R.A., Peters, R.H., Armstrong, M.I., Rynearson-Moody, S., & Caudy, M. (2013). The psychometric properties of the Simple Screening Instrument for substance abuse. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 0163278713490165, first published on June 9, 2013 as doi:10.1177/0163278713490165.
Steadman, J.H., Peters, R.H., Carpenter, C., Mueser, K.T., Jaeger, N.D., Gordon, R.B., Fisler, C., Goss, S., Olson, E., Osher, F.C., Noether, C.D., & Hardin, C. (2013). Six steps to improve your drug court outcomes for adults with co-occurring disorders. National Drug Court Institute and SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation. Drug Court Practitioner Fact Sheet, 8(1), 1-28. Alexandria VA: National Drug Court Institute.
Peters, R.H., Kremling, J., Bekman, N.M., & Caudy, M.S. (2012). Co-occurring disorders in treatment-based courts: Results of a national survey. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 60, 800-820.
Peters, R.H. (2012). Effective intervention strategies for offenders who have co-occurring disorders. Briefing paper, SAMHSA/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Criminal Justice Expert Panel on Co-Occurring Disorders.
Peters, R.H. (2012). Embedding behavioral interventions within substance abuse treatment. [Review of the book Reinforcement-based treatment for substance use disorders: A comprehensive behavioral approach, by L.M. Tuten, H.E. Jones, C.M. Schaeffer, & M.S. Stitzer (Eds.)]. PsychCRITIQUES, 57(15), doi:10.1037/a0026089, American Psychological Association.
Peters, R.H., & Belenko, S. (2011). Diversion programs. In M. Kleiman, J. Hawdon, & G. Golson (Eds.),Encyclopedia of Drug Policy (pp. 201-203). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers.
Peters, R.H., & Young, S. (2011). Coerced drug treatment. In M. Kleiman, J. Hawdon, & G. Golson (Eds.),Encyclopedia of Drug Policy (pp. 142-145). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers.
Young, M.S., Peters, R.A., & Petrila, J. (2011). Florida laws and programs. In M. Kleiman, J. Hawdon, & G. Golson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Drug Policy (pp. 296-300). Sage Publishers.
Hiller, M. L., Belenko, S., Welsh, W., Zajac, G., & Peters, R. H. (2011). Screening and assessment: An evidence-based process for the management and care of adult drug-involved offenders. In C. G., Leukefeld, J. Gregrich, & T. Gullotta (Eds.). Handbook on evidence-based substance abuse treatment practice in criminal justice settings (pp. 45-62). New York: Springer Publishing.
Peters, R.H. (2011). Drug court treatment services: Applying research findings to practice – an issues commentary and resource brief. Williamsburg, VA: National Center for State Courts.
Peters, R.H., Ray, J.M., & Kremling, J. (2010). Criminal populations and substance abuse. In N.S. Miller (Ed.),Principles of addictions and the law: Applications in forensic, mental health, and medical practice (pp. 253-275). Philadelphia: Elsevier Press.
Rugs, D., Hills, H.A., Moore, K.A., & Peters, R.H. (2010). A community planning process for the implementation of evidence-based practice. Evaluation and Program Planning, 34, 29-36.
Ruiz, M.A., Peters, R.H., Sanchez, G.M., & Bates, J.P. (2009). Psychometric properties of the Mental Health Screening Form III within a metropolitan jail. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36(6), 607-619.
Peters, R.H., & Kremling, J. (2008). Prisons and jails; Drug treatment in prisons and jails; and Drug use and HIV/AIDS in prisons and jails. In P. Korsmeyer & H. Kranzler (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behavior, Third Edition (pp. 289-297). New York: MacMillan Press.
Peters, R.H. Co-occurring disorders. (2008). In C. Hardin & J.N. Kushner (Eds.), Quality improvement for drug courts: Evidence-based practices (pp. 51-61). Alexandria, Virginia: National Drug Court Institute, National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
Peters, R.H., Sherman, P.B. & Osher, F.C. Treatment in jails and prisons. (2008). In K.T. Mueser & D.V. Jeste (Eds.), Clinical Handbook of Schizophrenia (pp. 354-364). New York: Guilford Press.