Jodi Petersen

Jodi  Petersen
  • Affiliated Faculty - Assistant Professor
  • Program Evaluation


Dr. Jodi Petersen has a doctorate in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University and a certification in college teaching.  Jodi’s work focuses on helping nonprofit and public organizations define, gather, and use data to increase their impact. She is passionate about social justice and equity. She has expertise in systems change, facilitation, qualitative and quantitative data, and participatory research and evaluation methods. Jodi is an applied community psychologist and owns a research and evaluation consulting business based in West Michigan.   Jodi specializes in low-barrier ways to help nonprofits get the information they need to make informed decisions and increase their impact. She takes an intentionally participatory and utilization focused approach to her work.  The topics of her research and evaluation work include youth development, child welfare, juvenile justice, poverty/basic needs access, and workforce development.  She also serves on several local and state nonprofit boards as well as a local public school board of education.