Laura K. Palmer, Ph. D.
Chair, Professional Psychology and Family Therapy; Director of Training, Counseling Psychology Program Therapy
Dr. Palmer is active in professional advocacy and stewardship of the counseling psychology field at the national level.
Laura K. Palmer, Associate Professor, Director of Training and Department Chair. Dr. Palmer received her Ph.D. from University of Houston in 1995 with a major in Counseling Psychology. She completed an internship at Children's Hospital/Judge Baker's Children Center in Boston followed by a one-year fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, New Jersey. She completed a one year post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Epilepsy Center of the Hospital for Joint Disease of the New York Medical School. Dr. Palmer has worked in the field of pediatric mental health services for over 25 years and in geropsychology since 1996. Dr. Palmer is also a licensed psychologist and as a professional counselor in New Jersey. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Society of Counseling Psychology. She is Past President of the New Jersey Psychological Association. Dr. Palmer co-chaired the 2008 International Counseling Psychology Conference. Dr. Palmer serves on the editorial boards of The Counseling Psychologist. She is past chair of the Board of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. Dr. Palmer is very active in professional advocacy and stewardship of the field of counseling psychology at the national level.
The many years of direct service with children who have experienced various forms of emotional and physical trauma have fostered Dr. Palmer's research activities in the investigation of emotional and neurocognitive sequelae of psychological trauma. Current research interests include neurocognitive impact of fatigue on learning and the neuropsychological impact of autoimmune disorders. She has presented nationally and internationally on her research. Dr. Palmer also has a long-standing commitment to training and supervision of students that she brings to our Program in her position as Director of Training. An emerging area of research is in the area of neurocognitive functioning and psychological adjustment in geriatrics. Additionally, Dr. Palmer has established two different international training experiences. She has designed and implemented a 2 week day camp for Trinidadian children and adults with developmental disabilities. The fifth Immortelle Camp was held in July 2009. Dr. Palmer has provided this experience to over 30 graduate students and post docs across the past five years. She also takes a smaller cohort of students to Trinidad in January where she and her colleagues run a week long preschool consultation project. This training experience was established 4 years ago. Across the academic year, students participate across a number of consultation experiences with Dr. Palmer, including one or both of the Trinidad excursions, a primary school clinical consultation and a full service day clinic at an assisted living facility. Dr. Palmer is passionate about providing students with a broad range of applications of our science as well as ensuring service delivery to underserved populations.
- PD MA, Psychopharmacology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Anticipated Dec 2009
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Houston, 1995
- M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Houston at Clear Lake, 1983
- 2007- Present- Treasurer of the Society of Counseling Psychology
- 2007- Present- Serves on the Editorial Board of The Counseling Psychologist
- Past President of the New Jersey Psychological Association
- Co-chaired the 2008 International Counseling Psychology Conference
- Past chair of the Board of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs
- 2008 received- Association for the Advancement of Psychology - Outstanding Advocacy Award
- 2001 received- Selected for the University Teaching Fellows Reunion Year
Major Research Interests:
- Learning processes and fatigue in children and adults
- Neuropsychological consequences of emotional trauma experienced in childhood
- The consequences of child sexual abuse on the psychosocial development of the victim
- The relationship between academic self efficacy, exposure to interpersonal and community violence and resiliency to academic success in a sample of urban grade school children.
- Graduate student psychological well-being
- Optimal aging in older women