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Dr. Palmer is a clinical psychologist in the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) Psychology Service, and a professor in the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) Department of Psychiatry. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1992, and completed a subsequent clinical-research postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute/Harbor-UCLA Medical Center from 1992-1994. He did further postdoctoral clinical-research training in Geriatric Psychiatry at UC San Diego/VASDHS through an NIMH-funded T32 fellowship before joining the UCSD faculty in 1997. He has had a long-term research affiliation with the VASDHS throughout this period, including serving as PI on several federally funded grants administered by our partner organization, the San Diego Veterans Medical Research Foundation (VMRF).

Research/Clinical Interests

Dr. Palmer is Multiple PI (with Dr. James Lohr) on an ongoing VA Merit Award funded study investigating accelerated aging in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Palmer also has collaborations with other investigators at UC San Diego to compare such acceleration in PTSD to that in other forms of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia. He is also collaborating on the development of projects focused on metabolic abnormalities in PTSD, and on the long-term effects of military trauma among Korean War Veterans. He has authored or co-authored more than 175 scientific articles, and has particular expertise in the areas of neuropsychological aspects of late-life psychiatric disorders, positive mental health traits and outcomes in serious mental illness, as well as empirical studies of bioethical issues.  In regard to the latter, he has conducted a number of federally funded studies focused on informed consent/decisional capacity among people with various neuropsychiatric conditions.

Dr. Palmer is a licensed clinical psychologist in the VASDHS Psychology Service, serves as the Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) track Director for the VASDHS Clinical Mental Health Research (CMHR) postdoctoral fellowship program (Dr. Lindamer  Program Director). Dr. Palmer is also an active faculty member in the San Diego State University/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in Clinical Psychology. Many of the students, including his mentees, have received valuable clinical training through the VASDHS clinical services.

To participate in current research studies, please visit VASDHS and  VMRF.

Selected Publications