Personal profile


Dr. Palmer’s research interest involve multicultural psychology, social justice advocacy, Black male development, ally identity development, multicultural competence, training of psychologists, and psychology in social media. He is a licensed psychologist (PSY #28058) in the state of California. Dr. Palmer received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, Berkeley, Counseling & Psychological Services and was hired as senior staff member at the University of California, Davis, Student Health and Counseling Services, where he completed his post-doctoral hours and where he worked as the Coordinator of Services to Students of African Descent and of the Multicultural Immersion Program. Teaching and clinical interests are in professional ethics, supervision, conceptualization and treatment planning, community mental health, and multicultural competence development. Dr. Palmer has served on the board of directors for the Association of Black Psychologists, and as the Stated Diversity Delegate for the California Psychological Association.  He is also the president elect of the Alameda Psychological Association, and cohost of the Naming It podcast. Currently Dr. Palmer is an assistant professor in the counseling department at Saint Mary's College of California. 

Contact Information

Counseling Department
Kalmanovitz School of Education
Fillipi Academic Hall 240-14
Office Phone: (925) 631-4517

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Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. Psychology, Area in Counseling Psychology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

… → 2012

M.A. Psychology, Area in Research Psychology, Special emphasis: Cultural Psychology, Family Systems, Cognition, California State University, Long Beach

… → 2006

B.A. in Anthropology, Minor in African American Studies, Special emphasis: Post-Colonial Africa, University of California, Irvine

… → 2001

Research Interests

  • Cultural Competence
  • Social Justice
  • Multicultural & Culturally Specific Psychology
  • African-centered / Black Psychology
  • working with men of African descent
  • first generation & low income college student retention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Psychology
  • Interpersonal Psychology
  • worldview
  • acculturation
  • Black families and fathers
  • career counseling
  • community building
  • mindfulness
  • health and wellness
  • leadership and professional development
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • stress management


  • Counseling