Dr. Sheila Peters


Dr. Peters is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in working with diverse populations including vulnerable children and youth and their families.  Within the Fisk community, she has served as Associate Provost, Chair of Psychology and Faculty Assembly Chair.  She served as Interim Director of the Fisk Race Relations Institute and continues to provide training for cultural competence in communities, institutions and systems of care.  She has co-lectured with former Vice President Al Gore in the multidisciplinary course on Family-centered Community Building.  Dr. Peters serves as the QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) Director and provides leadership to the infusion of critical thinking across the curriculum with a focus on the entire university community.  In this capacity, she develops staff and faculty training focused on innovative practices in the application of the Paul/Elder framework of critical thinking.  Dr. Peters values service learning and serves as a faculty sponsor to the Fisk C.A.R.E.S. (Compassionate Activism through Responsible Engagement in Service) program.  She has serced as an advisor to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), The Collegiate One Hundred , the N.A.A.C.P. College Chapter, WHO(Women’s Health Organization and the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Dr. Peters is a national expert on youth development in the juvenile justice arena and provides training and technical assistance on gender-specific programming for females as well as males at risk for entering the juvenile justice. She has worked with youth for over twenty years including serving as a Board member to Realsports Leadership Academy, a mentoring programming focusing on positive life skills for student-athletes.  As she continues to serve as a volunteer for the I Have a Future program, she is the former Coordinator of Community Services for this adolescent health promotion initiative founded at Meharry Medical College and recognized as the 404th Point of Light.   Her work in the area of sports psychology has afforded her the opportunity to serve as the clinician for the Tennessee Titans organization. 

Her civic obligations have included serving as past President of the Nashville Branch of the N.A.A.C.P., former commissioner and chair of the Metro Human Relations Commission,   former commissioner of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth., the Oasis Center and NashvilleRead.  She serves as an Board member to Tennessee Voices for Children.  She is a former member of Societas Docta, Inc. and  the Coalition of 100 Black Women.  Currently, she is a member of the Parthenon Chapter of the Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.  Nashville Alumnae Chapter, and the Nashville Women’s Breakfast Club


Dr. Peters’ research focuses on various psychological topics including the evaluation of youth development initiatives including the promotion of health careers for children, STEM-related activities with children and youth, biased based policing and community perceptions, gender-specific programming for both males and females and health disparities within U.S. and Brazilian communities.


Kirkland, M & Peters, S.  (2008) Location, location, location:  Residential Segregation and Wealth Disparity in B. Moran (Ed.) Race and Wealth Disparities: A multidisciplinary discourse. Lanham, MD:  University Press of America.

Morgan, M. & Peters, S. (2000). Beyond Gender Barriers: Programming Specifically for Girls.  Training curriculum for policymakers, administrators, and managers.  Washington, D.C.:  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Morgan, M. & Peters, S. (2000).  Beyond Gender Barriers: Programming Specifically for Girls.  Training curriculum for staff who work with girls.  Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention.

Peters, S. R. (2001).  Relationships’ role in female juvenile delinquency, Corrections Today, December, pp. 76-79.

Peters, S. R. (2008).  Charles S. Johnson in Schaefer, R. T. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 

Peters, S. R. (2011). Family Life in Smith, J.C. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture, pp. 483-485.  Santa Barbara, CA:  Greenwood.

Peters, S. R. (2011). Feminism in Smith, J.C. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture, pp, 502-503. Santa Barbara, CA:  Greenwood.

Peters, S. R. (2011). Funerals in Smith, J.C. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture, pp. 557-560.  Santa Barbara, CA:  Greenwood.

Peters, S. R. (2011). Humor in Smith, J.C. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture, pp. 713-718.  Santa Barbara, CA:  Greenwood.

Shelia Peters

Dr. Sheila Peters
Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A. in Psychology University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
M.S., Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Vanderbilt University
Postdoctoral Training in Developmental Psychopathology Vanderbilt University

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