Matthew J. Peterson, PhD, FGSA
Associate Professor

Matthew PetersonDr. Matthew Peterson joined the SON faculty in 2021 after working for over twenty years in a variety of roles at several academic institutions. Peterson's career began in 1999 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he was a Research Associate and Exercise Physiologist in the School of Medicine. From 2001-2014 he served in several roles at the Durham VA Medical Center and Duke School of Medicine, where he was principal and co-investigator on several foundation, VA, and NIH funded studies on the benefits of exercise on aging-related health outcomes. Peterson also served a clinical role as program manager for Gerofit, an outpatient exercise program at the Durham VA. He has had leadership roles as Director of Geriatrics Research at Wright State University and served on the IRB at Campbell University.

In 2013 Dr. Peterson completed a postdoctoral fellowship in comparative effectiveness and biostatistics at Duke University, and he has served as epidemiologist and statistician on numerous funded research projects. His teaching responsibilities have included statistics, epidemiology, scientific literature seminar, and primary mentor on graduate capstone projects and theses. In 2015, Peterson was inducted as a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.


  • 2013, Fellowship in Comparative Effectiveness & Biostatistics, Duke 
  • 2009, Postdoctoral Courses in Physical Activity & Public Health, U. of South Carolina
  • 2006, PhD, Human Movement Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • 1999, MS, Exercise Science, U. of Dayton
  • 1996, BS, Physical Education, Ohio State

Research Interests:

  • Exercise
  • Aging
  • Mobility
  • Statistics
  • Epidemiologic Study Design and Analysis

Community Engagement

  • Gerontological Society of America
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • Miami Valley and Dayton Area Alzheimer’s Association
  • Wright State Medical Student Geriatrics Interest Group
  • Campbell University Undergraduate Clinical Research Club

View Matthew Peterson's Curriculum Vitae