Andrew M. Peterson Pharm.D., PhD, is the John Wyeth Dean Emeritus at Saint Joseph's University. He is also professor of pharmacy and previously served as Dean of the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy and executive director of the Substance Use Disorders Institute (SUDI).
Before joining USciences in 1996, Dr. Peterson was an assistant director of pharmacy and clinical services at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and was an Associate Director of pharmacy, drug information, and clinical services at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
Highly regarded in the fields of pharmacy management and health policy, Peterson has more than 30 years research experience in medication compliance, health outcomes research, health and drug use policy, and substance use disorders. His accomplishments are wide ranging: he has produced a large body of research and scholarly work, created innovative programming, and secured significant grant dollars. Peterson speaks at conferences around the world on issues related to pharmacy and health policy and is known for his commitment to mentoring others and fostering success; recognitions include several awards for excellence in teaching and for learning innovation.
As executive director of SUDI, he led the development of the University’s Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) approved medical cannabis training program for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and physician assistants to become recommenders or prescribers in the commonwealth. A health policy researcher, he is oversaw two PhD students’ dissertation work examining the impact of medical marijuana laws on opioid-related deaths and Hispanic high-schooler use of cannabis, as well as the outcomes of patients using high and low THC content cannabis. He also is working on projects to educate pharmacists about SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment), naloxone dispensing and administration, and proper opioid use.
He is co-author of an authoritative text for nurse practitioners and physician assistants entitled, "Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics: A Practical Approach," 5th edition, published in 2021; co-editor of the book "Leadership and Management in Pharmacy Practice," and a contributor to numerous peer-reviewed publications. His journal reviews include the Journal of the American Medical Association, Value in Health, American Journal of Health System Pharmacy, and the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association.
Active in the academic and research communities, Peterson has served on the boards of many organizations and is engaged in several professional organizations including the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Public Health Association, and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. He is also a member of Phi Beta Lambda Business Honor Society and the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society.
Peterson earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from Rutgers University, his Pharm.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, and his PhD in health policy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He also completed an advanced residency in hospital pharmacy administration at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a residency in hospital pharmacy practice from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. He lives in Ventnor City, N.J.