Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Morgan Peterson


Law Enforcement Experience

San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco, CA. (1969-1994)

Officer in Charge, Juvenile Diversion Program (1992-1994)

Counseled Juvenile Offenders and diverted them to community based programs.

Coordinator/Counselor for the Employee Assistance Program (1985-1992)

Directly responsible for the counseling of police officers and their families, as well as civilian employees. Developed programs for stress management, alcohol and drug abuse, and family problems. Evaluated officers for police disciplinary actions, police retirement hearings and after critical incident response (shootings, earthquakes, and accidents). Served as a member of the critical incident response debriefing board.

Sergeant/Inspector Juvenile Division (1975-1985)

In this capacity, investigated child abuse and family sexual violence, served as liaison with Juvenile Court and Family Social Services. Resolved related problems utilizing counseling and referrals. Investigated juvenile delinquency cases and developed the Positive Directions Program for Juveniles (PDPJ). In this program, we counseled juvenile offenders and placed them with agencies that fit their needs. Organized and taught classes at the high school level on Youth and the Law. Served as the San Francisco Police Department representative to the Big Brother/Big Sisters Board.

Administrative Assistant to Patrol Bureau Headquarters (1973-1975)

Scope of responsibilities focused on organizing and maintaining filing system for the patrol division. Served as liaison between supervising captain and patrol captains.

Uniform Patrol Division (1969-1973)

Teaching Experience

Palomar College, San Marcos, CA. (1994-Present)

Teach classes in Enforcement Psychology, Criminal Evidence, Criminal Procedures, Juvenile Delinquency, and Introduction to Criminal Justice. Counsel students regarding career and life choices.

Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA. (1988-1994)

Taught classes in Etiology of Crime, Juvenile Procedures and the Law, Gang and Group Violence, Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement, Investigations, Urban Sociology and Psychology. Regularly conducted directed study programs for students. Developed and authored program curriculum guides for university level instruction. Assisted in programs for student recruitment and student retention.

Heald Institute of Technology, San Francisco, CA. (1993-1994)

Taught courses in Psychology, and Technology and Society.

San Francisco Police Academy, San Francisco, CA (1985-1994)

Taught courses in Victimology, Introduction to Law Enforcement Career, Job Stress and Stress Management and Career Influences. Worked with advanced-officer-in-service and Recruit training.

Skyline College, San Bruno, CA (1976-1994)

Taught classes in Juvenile Procedures, Patrol Procedures and Police Community Relations.

Law Enforcement Training

California Sexual Assault Investigation Association, 1994.

Course: Sexual Assault Investigations

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glenco, GA, 1984.

Course: Police Operations Leading to Improved Children &Youth Services

POST, Sacramento, CA, 1993.

Course: Juvenile Officer

University of Southern California, 1981.

Course: Juvenile Justice Update

University of Southern California, 1979.

Course: Delinquency Control Institute

California State University, Long Beach, CA, 1973.

Course: School Resource Officer

Instructor Training Seminar Presentations

Nellcor-Purtain-Bennett, Carlsbad, CA, 1998.

On-going seminars on violence in the workplace.

Tutors Conference, San Marcos, CA, 1996.

Seminar on dealing with difficult people and situations.

International Conference on Life Transitions Counseling, University of San Francisco, CA, 1992.

Professional Identity: From Civilian to Police Officer

Advance Training Center-Division of Law Enforcement, 1991. State of California, Sacramento, CA.

Association of Marriage Family Counselors, San Mateo, CA, 1991.

Psychology/Dynamics of Gangs

Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Advance Officers Training Seminar, 1990

Stress Management for Police Officers

U.S. Postal Inspectors, San Bruno, CA, 1990.

Stress Management Seminar

Police Officers Research Association of California, 1990.

Dynamics of the Police Family

National Convention of Forensic Scientists, San Francisco, CA, 1989.

Stress Management Seminar

National Semi-Conductor, Silicon Valley, CA, 1989.

Stress Management Consultant to the Security Force

Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Advance Officers Training Seminar, 1989

Stress Management for Police Officers

Psychology/Counseling Advanced Training

San Francisco Department of Mental Health, 1991.

Course: Suicide Intervention Seminar

Braun Place, San Rafael, CA, 1990.

One year internship counseling emotionally disturbed adolescents & their families.

University of California Extension, San Francisco, CA, 1988.

Course: Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency

Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology, 1988. Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences

Course: Child Abuse

National Council on Alcoholism, Santa Ana, CA, 1988.

Course: Post Traumatic Stress

National Council on Alcoholism, Santa Ana, CA, 1987.

Course: Employee Assistance for Police Supervisors

Novato Human Needs Center, 1983.

One year internship on individual and family counseling.


California Community College Lifetime Teaching Credential in Administration of Justice and Psychology.


Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Palomar College, 1998.

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award, 1999

Palomar College Gift of Time Award- 2001

Palomar College Faculty Senate- Outstanding Research Award-2013

Palomar College Faculty Senate- Award for Scholarly and Professional Achievement 2015



University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (May, 1991)

Doctor of Education (Ed. D.), Major: Counseling Psychology

Dominican College, San Rafael, CA (May, 1985)

Master of Science, Major: Counseling Psychology

PsiChi: National Honor Society/Psychology

Golden State University, San Francisco (May, 1975)

Bachelor of Arts, Major: Administration of Justice

Magna cum Laude

College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA (June, 1960)

Associate of Arts


Crisis Counseling for a Quality School Community: Applying William Glasser’s Choice Theory. Editor, Larry L. Palmatier, Ph.D. 1997. Chapter 15: Street Gangs: Coping with violence in Schools

Ethics For Public Safety: Ethical and Moral Decision Making.  1st edition. Copyright 2010

Publisher Kendall-Hunt.

Enforcement Psychology: Coping with the Rigors of Policing. 1st Edition. Copyright 2013

Ethics for Public Safety: Ethical and Moral Decision Making. 2nd edition Copyright 2015

Enforcement Psychology: coping with the Rigors of Policing. 2nd edition. Copyright 2017