Shannon Peters – Long Bio

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Shannon Peters is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has a master’s degree in mental health counseling. Shannon received her bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience, but as she started working with individuals who have been diagnosed as having mental illness, she began questioning the value of the biological explanations for distress that she had been taught. She is particularly interested in exploring the impacts of medicalization and pathologizing the experiences of individuals who have been affected by trauma. She is engaged in research on the effects of institutional corruption and financial conflicts of interest on research and practice. She is a student member of the Society for Counseling Psychology and the Association for Women in Psychology.