Anne Petersen, Ph.D.

  • Research Professor, CHGD
  • 1011SW North Ingalls Building
    300 North Ingalls

  • 734-764-2443


Dr. Petersen joined the Center for Human Growth and Development in January, 2010, and especially focuses on issues of global health and development. She is a member of the MHIRT faculty and is also affiliated with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiative in UM’s Africa Studies Center. She co-chaired the International Committee of the Society for Research on Child Development(SRCD) and led two major initiatives, one involving a grant to CHGD for the development of a network to advance human development intervention research especially focused on low and middle income countries (LAMIC) globally, now called the Human Development Intervention Network. ( She is also PI on another grant from SRCD to CHGD for a consensus conference of the members of the International Consortium of Developmental Science Societies (ICDSS), to be held in Utrecht, Netherlands in February 2017. She is part of the ICDSS Secretariat.

Prior to coming to CHGD, Petersen was Deputy Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), and Professor of Psychology, Stanford University. Before that she was Senior Vice President Programs, WK Kellogg Foundation for a decade. Petersen was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate as Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation, also serving as the agency’s COO; while there, she led several national efforts including research integrity. Earlier, she was a distinguished researcher at several universities including the University of Chicago, Penn State University, and the University of Minnesota, where she also played administrative roles (department head, collegiate dean, vp research, graduate dean).

Petersen also founded and is President of the Global Philanthropy Alliance, supporting young social entrepreneurs in Africa. She also leads or serves as a member of numerous boards and committees. She holds many honors including election to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (through NAM).