ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Ronald J.  Peters, Jr.

Dr. Ronald Peters Jr. was born in Bricktown, Queens, New York. As a child, he was challenged by dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and an environment that was ideal for fight-or-flight reactive behaviors―drug use, violence, and human devaluation. His journey toward overcoming life’s challenges began in the public school system that educated the children of Farmers Boulevard. It was here that he was introduced to the hip-hop culture. Tagging and drawing afforded him a gateway to self-nurture and exercise his God-given thoughts, absent of judgment or devaluation, and afforded him access to understanding the polarity of not only his academic weaknesses but also the innovative gifts that only dyslexia and ADD could afford. Through unexpected twists of events and courageous leaps of faith he became a national recognized professor of behavioral science.

Dr. Peters is the survivor of polycystic kidney disease, an ailment that shortened the lives of his father and grandfather. Through advances in medicine and the unconditional and selfless love of God through his life mate, LeCresha Peters, M.D., who donated her kidney to him, Dr. Peters stands today, having broken the potential cycle of three generations of Peters men dying from the same condition.

My Family

Throughout Dr. Peters’ lifetime of crossing paths with untrustworthy, uncommitted, and disingenuous people, the construct that has mattered most in his existence has been loyalty. He describes himself as a loyalist, his self-definition being a person who leads, admires, serves, follows, and loves those who are willing to sacrifice their time, energy, and comforts for their integrity and values. Dr. Peters considers any human being who lives by his self-definition of a loyalist to be a member of his family. Dr. Peters is married to his life partner, LeCresha A. Peters, M.D. They have two sons, Ronald III and Anthony.

Professional Life

Dr. Ronald J. Peters, Jr. has held faculty appointments at the University of Houston Department of Health and Human Performance, Houston Baptist University Center for Health Studies, Prairie View A&M University Department of Health and Human Performance, and Texas Southern University Department of Health Sciences. He served as director of the Historically Black College and University Applied Research Initiative with the Southwest Prevention Center at The University of Texas School of Public Health and was the principal investigator of the Houston Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program funded through the National Institute of Justice. In addition, he served as CEO of Intervention & Research Associates, a preventive research organization that provided applied health intervention and research evaluation services to universities and nonprofit organizations nationally and abroad.

Dr. Peters retired as an associate professor of behavioral sciences from The University of Texas in 2014. During his tenure, he had published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in the professional literature and received more than five million dollars in federal grants to investigate health behaviors among incarcerated and vulnerable populations. His research has been featured on ABC News, Bloomberg Business Week, CBS News, CNN, ESPN, Good Morning America, National Public Radio, NBC News, NFL Live, USA Today VICELAND, and a myriad of other national and international media outlets. Dr. Peters’s teaching and service awards include the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Golden Key Honor Society, African American Alumni of the Year from Virginia Commonwealth University, Legend in Education Award from the Ivy Educational and Charitable Foundation, and Living Legend Award from the Blue Triangle Multi-Cultural Association. He is an enshrinee into the Texas and Southwestern Region Halls of Fame of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Recognizing the importance his research and service, the Mayor Sylvester Turner enacted legislation on February 2nd, 2017 declaring February 12th of every year as Dr. Ronald J, Peters, Jr. day in the City of Houston, Texas.

Professional Life

Dr. Ronald J. Peters, Jr. has held faculty appointments at the University of Houston Department of Health and Human Performance, Houston Baptist University Center for Health Studies, Prairie View A&M University Department of Health and Human Performance, and Texas Southern University Department of Health Sciences. He served as director of the Historically Black College and University Applied Research Initiative with the Southwest Prevention Center at The University of Texas School of Public Health and was the principal investigator of the Houston Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program funded through the National Institute of Justice. In addition, he served as CEO of Intervention & Research Associates, a preventive research organization that provided applied health intervention and research evaluation services to universities and nonprofit organizations nationally and abroad.

Dr. Peters retired as an associate professor of behavioral sciences from The University of Texas in 2014. During his tenure, he had published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in the professional literature and received more than five million dollars in federal grants to investigate health behaviors among incarcerated and vulnerable populations. His research has been featured on ABC News, Bloomberg Business Week, CBS News, CNN, ESPN, Good Morning America, National Public Radio, NBC News, NFL Live, USA Today VICELAND, and a myriad of other national and international media outlets. Dr. Peters’s teaching and service awards include the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Golden Key Honor Society, African American Alumni of the Year from Virginia Commonwealth University, Legend in Education Award from the Ivy Educational and Charitable Foundation, and Living Legend Award from the Blue Triangle Multi-Cultural Association. He is an enshrinee into the Texas and Southwestern Region Halls of Fame of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Recognizing the importance his research and service, the Mayor Sylvester Turner enacted legislation on February 2nd, 2017 declaring February 12th of every year as Dr. Ronald J, Peters, Jr. day in the City of Houston, Texas.

Books & Publications

Personal Memoirs

Crossing Famers Boulevard

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ronald J. Peters, Jr.