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Sara Palmer, Ph.D.

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After receiving her Ph.D. in psychology from the City University of New York in 1982, Dr. Palmer specialized in rehabilitation psychology and worked in university, hospital and private practice settings. She joined the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1999, and currently holds a part-time faculty appointment.

Currently, Dr. Palmer lectures and writes about psychosocial aspects of disability, chronic illness, aging and family caregiving. In addition to professional articles and chapters, she has co-authored several books for people with disabilities and their families:

  • Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide to Living, 2nd edition (2008)
  • When Your Spouse Has a Stroke: Caring for Your Partner, Yourself and Your Relationship (2011)
  • Just One of the Kids: Raising a Resilient Family When One of Your Children Has a Physical Disability (2013).

Her forthcoming book, Living with HHT: Understanding and Managing Your Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, is a guide to coping with the medical and psychosocial consequences of HHT, a genetic blood vessel disorder.

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. 1982 City University of New York, clinical psychology
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Medical Rehabilitation Research, 2000-2001, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Licensed Psychologist in the State of Maryland

Faculty Appointments

Assistant Professor, Part-time, Johns Hopkins University Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Representative Publications

  • Palmer, S. Living with HHT: Understanding and Managing Your Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press (December, 2017)
  • Palmer, S. Interventions: Family Adaptation. In Budd, MA, Hough, S, Stiers, W. & Wegener, S. (Eds.) Practical Psychology in Medical Rehabilitation. New York: Springer Publishing Company, November, 2016.
  • Kriegsman, KH and Palmer, S. Just One of the Kids: Raising a Resilient Family When One of Your Children Has a Physical Disability. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. 
  • Kriegsman, KH, Palmer, S and Palmer, JB. Resources to Empower and Expand the Opportunities of People With Spinal Cord Injury. In Fehlings, MG, et al. (Eds), Essentials of Spinal Cord Injury, New York: Thieme Publishers, 2012.
  • Palmer, S. & Palmer, J.B. When Your Spouse Has a Stroke: Caring for Your Partner, Yourself and Your Relationship. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
  • Wolff JL, Rand-Giovannetti E, Boyd, CM, Reider, L, Palmer, S, Scharfstein, D, Marsteller, J, Wegener, ST, Frey, K, Leff, B, Frick, KD, Boult, C. Effects of Guided Care on Family Caregivers, The Gerontologist, August, 2009.
  • Wolff JL, Rand-Giovannetti E, Palmer S, Wegener S, Reider L, Frey K, Boult C; Caregiving and Chronic Care: The Guided Care Program for Family and Friends, Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences, 64(7):785-91, July, 2009.
  • Palmer S, Kriegsman KH, Palmer JB. With contributions by John W. McDonald and Cristina L. Sadowsky. Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide For Living, 2nd edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
  • Wegener S, Bechtold Kortte K, Hill-Briggs F, Johnson-Greene D, Palmer S, & Salorio C. Rehabilitation Psychology Assessment and Intervention. In R. Braddom (Ed.) Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 3rd Edition, London, Elsevier, 2007.
  • Palmer S, Glass TA, Palmer JB, Loo S, Wegener ST. Crisis intervention with individuals and their families following stroke: a model for psychosocial services during inpatient rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Psychology, 49(4), November, 2004.
  • Glass TA, Palmer S. Cerebrovascular disease: Psychosocial aspects. In Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior. NB Anderson (ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. pp. 166-167, 2004.
  • Palmer S, Glass TA. Family function and stroke recovery: a review. Rehabilitation Psychology 48: 255-265, November, 2003.

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