Daniel Peterson, PhD, is an assistant professor of nutrition and health promotion at Arizona State University. His current research focuses on understanding the interaction between balance, postural control and cognitive deficits in people with neurological disorders such as Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. His goal is to understand why people fall and how to prevent falls.
He focuses on three areas: the mechanics of how people fall; the underlying neural control of movements related to falls; and the development of interventions to prevent falls. Dr. Peterson earned a master's in kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University and a master's in clinical investigation and a doctorate in movement science at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed postdoctoral training in neurology at Oregon Health & Science University.