Originally from Hawaii, Dr. Peters is Native Hawaiian and earned her PhD in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) in Palo Alto, CA. Specializing in both human and cultural development, Dr. Peters work is concerned with the bio-psycho-social determinants of health and the challenges faced by vulnerable and oppressed populations in the U.S. and beyond. Emphasizing the significance of human development and value systems as a metric for understanding culture, Dr. Peters is also a systems thinker and a researcher who appreciates the factors of complexity inherent in natural phenomena and the evolutionary dynamics of change.
Dr. Peters has an interdisciplinary background that includes humanistic psychologies, culture/ethnicity, feminism and gender concerns, integral philosophies, systems/complexity science, integrative health, alternative healing practices, and traditional Indigenous knowledge. She has been avidly engaged in the leadership and governance of the American Psychological Association and many of its associated divisions for over consecutive 12 years.
Dr. Peters values working with students to help them succeed and she excels in mentoring and supporting students in their academic and professional pursuits.