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Dr. Linda W. Peterson

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About the Author

Linda W. Peterson-St. Pierre, PhD, is an emeritus professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine where she taught medical students, interns, and residents for over 30 years.

In 2004, the residents and faculty of the Family Medicine named her Best Teacher of the Year. She currently teaches "The Difficult Patient," using trained actors. In addition to several books. Linda's work can be found in over 60 publications, many media stints, national and international presentations.


Linda now conducts a clinical practice as a marriage and family counselor in Reno, Nevada, working primarily with children and families navigating the chaos of divorce or emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. She has worked in the courts for over 30 years and is certified in mediation, collaborative divorce, and custody evaluation.


Dr. Peterson-St. Pierre has been a consultant with the National Trauma and Loss Center for Children (TLC) since the publication of her book: Children in Distress: An Art Screening Tool (1996). In 2010 she was awarded TLC Supervisor of the Year.

Between 2010 and 2017, she created the 12 CEU online course: Clear Vision: The Power of Story for therapists and teachers and a 6 CEU online course: WRITE OUT LOUD: Reconnecting Military Families. These classes have recently been available in person for CEUs for CASAT at the University of Nevada.


Linda is compiling several of her court experiences into a booklet: Horrorensic Cases. It opens: "I am sitting in a leather chair that is too big for me and I feel as small as the young child I am here to defend!" She considers the emotional preparation for the court system similar to preparing to walk into a "mine field."

Linda conducts several seminars nationally and internationally and currently likes to help people find their own inner wisdom through structured writing workshops based on the books above. These retreats occur in the beauty of Nakoma Resort in Clio, CA. 

See Dr. Peterson's Comprehensive CV here.