Dr. Carl Petersen

(757) 668-4673 (HOPE)
Board Certifications

American Board of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

American Board of Psychiatry


Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Uniformed Services University of Health

Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Dr. Carl Petersen joins CHKD as chief of psychiatry and mental health services.

Dr. Petersen is dual board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general and child and adolescent psychiatry.

A retired U.S. Navy captain, Dr. Petersen brings a wealth of experience overseeing mental health initiatives and programs. He spent the last 10 years of his military career at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, serving the last three as its director of mental health.

As an advocate for children’s mental health, Dr. Petersen led efforts to improve access to evidence-based care for children with behavioral difficulties and created a program to help pediatric residents properly diagnose and treat children with psychiatric illnesses.

He also established initiatives that expanded access to mental health services for military service members.

In his role at CHKD, Dr. Petersen will help lead our hospital’s efforts to provide much-needed inpatient and outpatient mental health services to children throughout Virginia.

Awards & Honors
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2021
  • Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards)
  • Army Commendation Medal (2 awards)
  • Sears Award (2018)
Professional Membership
  • Dr. Petersen holds an academic appointment with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is actively involved in medical student and resident education.
  • Co-author of the DOD/VA Clinical Practice Guidelines for Suicide Prevention