Amanda PetersenAmanda Petersen
Research Associate

Amanda provides consultation on a variety of research projects with interests in project coordination and management, survey instrument design, sampling methodology design, qualitative and quantitative analysis, evaluation capacity building, training, and reporting results in meaningful ways. Her particular data collection interests include focus group facilitation and survey interviews; Amanda currently serves as the lead focus group trainer at Wilder Research. Her primary research interests include public health, education, survey research, and general evaluation studies. Prior to joining Wilder Research in 2012, Amanda was a research assistant at Healthways and the Children’s Defense Fund—Minnesota.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and has a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, you can find Amanda running the Minnehaha Trail or Chain of Lakes, going up north with her husband to Ely and Grand Marais, trying out a new recipe in the kitchen, or playing with her daughter, Samantha, and miniature dachshund, Chewie.


 Amanda's Recent Work