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Sara Palmer, Ph.D.

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Dr. Sara Palmer received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the City University of New York in 1982. She has worked as a rehabilitation psychologist in university, hospital and private practice settings. She joined the faculty of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1999, and was the attending psychologist for the spinal cord injury team at Good Samaritan Hospital from 2002-2007. She currently holds a part-time faculty appointment. 

Dr. Palmer lectures frequently on psychosocial aspects of disability, aging and family caregiving for student, professional and consumer groups. In addition to professional articles and chapters, Dr. Palmer 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), and the forthcoming book, Just One of the Kids: Raising a Resilient Family When One of Your Children Has a Physical Disability (2013).

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

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.