Clinical Professor and Director of Pofessional Education
University of Illinois Chicago, Dept. of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Elizabeth Peterson is a Clinical Professor and Director of Professional Education in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests over the past 20+ years have focused on falls and fear of falling: epidemiology, measurement, and interventions for community-dwelling older adults and people living with multiple sclerosis. Her early work as a member of the Boston University Roybal Center team led to the development of the Matter of Balance intervention. Matter of Balance was the first intervention to apply self-management principles to the problem of fear of falling. Dr. Peterson is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and represented AOTA as a member of the Expert Panel to update the Fall Prevention Guideline of the American Geriatrics Society and the British Geriatrics Society. She is an original member of the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) Falls Free™ Coalition, a founding member of the International MS Falls Prevention Research Network and she is currently leading the Illinois Fall Prevention Coalition.