Carl Petersen, DO



American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, General Psychiatry American Board of Medicine



Medical School:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


Uniformed Services University of Health


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.

Honors and Awards:

  • Coastal Virginia Magazine “Top Doc” 2021, 2023
  • Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards)
  • Army Commendation Medal (2 awards)
  • Sears Award (2018)




  • Polk, T. et al., Simulation Training for Operational Medicine Providers, Military Medicine, April
  • Co-author DOD/VA Suicide Prevention Clinical Practice Guideline 2013.
  • Petersen, C.E. et al., Lithium Induced Nephrotic Syndrome in a pre-pubertal child, Journal of
    Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, May 2008.

Community Involvement and Memberships:

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.

Contact Info:

(757) 668-4673 (HOPE)



CHKD Main Hospital
601 Children's Ln
Norfolk, VA 23518

Children's Pavilion
401 Gresham Drive
Norfolk, VA 23507

Landstown Office
1924 Landstown Centre Way
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Medical Center Office
850 Southhampton Ave
Norfolk, VA 23510

Tech Center Urgent Care and Office
680 Oyster Point Road
Newport News, VA 23602