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USA v. Peterson, et al.

Judith Peterson

Judith Peterson was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California in 1966. She obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ohio State University in 1972.

She told Mark Pendergrast for his 1995 book "Victims of Memory: Incest Accusations and Shattered Lives" that she considered herself to be a caring, idealistic person. She began her career helping migrant workers and Head Start children.

According to her resume she worked with mentally retarded in Ohio and had a practice in New York state before moving to Houston with her family in the early 1980s. In Houston she started a private practice that seemed to be successful. She had been described as "brilliant." Peterson was certified in clinical hypnosis in 1988.

In 1987, Peterson joined a local ‘dissociative disorders study group’ according to Bonnie Gangelhoff in a "Houston Press" article in July, 1995. There was not much literature available at that time and the group, composed of social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists, helped to educate each other.

By the middle of the 1980s stories of satanic ritual abuse began to be heard from patients. These stories were also heard in Houston and the group disagreed over their veracity. Peterson told the group that she had heard these stories.

Peterson acquired a reputation as an expert on recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse even before she joined Spring Shadows Glen. That reputation came from a paper she wrote about her diagnosis of MPD in Kathryn Schwiderski.

A colleague from the dissociative group said that Peterson viewed herself as a pioneer on a new frontier of psychology with her work in MPD and satanic ritual abuse.

The Beliefs and Practices of Judith Peterson, Ph.D.

For background on the professional beliefs and practices of Judith Peterson, Ph.D., the following videotapes, audiotapes and books have been listed in catalogues as available to purchase:

Available from:
Cavalcade Productions Inc.
PO Box 2480
Nevada City, CA 95959 Phone/Fax 800-345-5530

Video: "Mastering Traumatic Memories" Judith Peterson, Ph.D., Roberta Sachs, Ph.D., and Kathy Steele, MN

Available from:
Audio Transcripts, Ltd
3660-B Wheeler Ave
Alexandria, VA 22304
703-370-8273 phone 703-370-5162 fax

From the Dissociation Audio Library (1989-1993)

Also available from Audio Transcripts, Ltd.

The Tenth International Conference on Multiple Personality/Dissociative States. Special Emphasis: Dissociative Disorders - The Next Ten Years. Bennett G. Braun, Program Chairman, Chicago, Illinois, SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM, October 15, 1993

Available from:
Family Violence & Sexual Assault Institute
1310 Clinic Drive
Tyler, TX 75701
903-595-6600 FVSAI Book Club

Articles in Treating Abuse Today:

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