Joanne Peterson, PhD

Joanne Peterson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anatomy

7000 Chad Colley Boulevard
Fort Smith, AR  72916
ARCOM #276

Dr. Peterson is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy at ARCOM. As part of the Anatomy team, she will be involved in lectures and lab instruction during the anatomical sciences course and lectures during the Biomedical Essentials of Comprehensive Osteopathic Medicine (BECOM) courses. Prior to joining the team at ARCOM, Dr. Peterson taught a variety of courses, including Human Anatomy, Advanced Human Anatomy: Cadaver Dissection, Embryology, Human Physiology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, at Southern Nazarene University (SNU) in Bethany, OK. At SNU, she served as the Pre-health Committee Chair providing advisement and resources to students looking to enter various medical professions. She also served as the Science Education Director, training future science educators by using her own personal experience in secondary education from her years of teaching Biology at Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City, OK.

Dr. Peterson obtained her Ph.D in Cell Biology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK. During this time, she studied the role of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in corneal wound healing by quantifying changes in wound healing when stimulated by various endogenous EGFR ligands. One ligand, betacellulin, stimulated greater healing in vitro and she proposed this was done by causing the EGFR to preferentially dimerize with another EGFR-family receptor – ErbB3. At ARCOM, she will focus her research on medical education. Dr. Peterson also has a Masters in Biology, Bachelors in Science Education and a Bachelors in Visual Arts/Photography all from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK.

In her spare time, Dr. Peterson enjoys travelling, especially to Disney and Universal theme parks, scrapbooking, scuba diving with her husband David and playing fetch with their dog Ushi. And since they have a house on the lake in Hackett, AR, she will have to take up fishing.