- President's Award for Distinguished Teaching (1994)
J. Vincent Peterson received his A.B. in 1959, and his Ph.D. in 1970 from the University Illinois. He is a Professor Emeritus of Education in the Division of Education at Indiana University in South Bend.
Peterson is the author of Responsibilities of Counselors to Social Issues, and a Co-editor of Orientation to Counseling, a textbook that is used nationally. He has also published a column in USA Today on approaches to the nation's drug and alcohol issues. Vincent is the creator of the theoretical model of a "whole" -- physically and mentally well -- person and conducts "holistic training" of school and private psychological counselors. He is also the founder of and a frequent speaker on "High Level Wellness," a way to manage national health-care costs by maximizing individual health.