Jennifer Palmer PhD
Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine
801 Massachusetts Ave | (617) 364-4897
General Internal Medicine
Dr. Jenny Palmer is a study coordinator with the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research.
Dr. Palmer’s current research assesses the implementation of an advance care planning video education program in two large U.S. nursing home systems. She is also conducting research that examines the intersection of dementia, spiritual care, and palliative care.
Dr. Palmer conducted her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Yale University, her master’s studies in Speech-Language Pathology at Boston University, and her doctoral studies in Health Services Research at Boston University.
After her clinical fellowship in a skilled nursing facility, she worked as a clinical speech-language pathologist on the Stroke Unit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She then served as a Research Associate at Tufts Medical Center’s Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies. Most recently, she served as Project Director at the Bedford, MA Veterans Administration Medical Center for a study that developed observational tools to promote nursing home residents’ quality of life; these tools are now being adopted for use across the VA’s nursing homes nationally. Dr. Palmer has volunteered in leadership positions within the Gerontological Society of America’s Emerging Scholars and Professionals Organization.
Health Policy, PhD, Boston University School of Public Health, 2016
Speech Language Pathology, MS, Boston University, 2002
Psychology, BA, Yale University, 1993
Palmer JA, Hilgeman M, Balboni T, Paasche-Orlow S, Sullivan JL. The spiritual experience of dementia from the health care provider perspective: Implications for intervention. Gerontologist. 2021 Sep 08. PMID: 34498084.Published on 4/2/2021
Sokas C, Yeh IM, Bernacki RE, Rangel EL, Kaafarani H, Mitchell SL, Bader AM, Ladin K, Palmer JA, Tulsky JA, Cooper Z. Older adults' perspectives 3 months after emergency general surgery highlight opportunities to improve care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 07; 69(7):2023-2025. PMID: 33797750.Published on 11/23/2020
Pimentel CB, Mills WL, Snow AL, Palmer JA, Sullivan JL, Wewiorski NJ, Hartmann CW. Adapting Strategies for Optimal Intervention Implementation in Nursing Homes: A Formative Evaluation. Gerontologist. 2020 11 23; 60(8):1555-1565. PMID: 32449764.Published on 10/7/2020
Sokas C, Yeh IM, Coogan K, Bernacki R, Mitchell S, Bader A, Ladin K, Palmer JA, Tulsky JA, Cooper Z. Older Adult Perspectives on Medical Decision Making and Emergency General Surgery: "It had to be Done." J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 05; 61(5):948-954. PMID: 33038427.Published on 1/7/2020
Palmer JA, Smith AM, Paasche-Orlow RS, Fitchett G. Research Literature on the Intersection of Dementia, Spirituality, and Palliative Care: A Scoping Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 07; 60(1):116-134. PMID: 31923556.Published on 11/28/2019
Palmer JA, Parker VA, Barre LR, Mor V, Volandes AE, Belanger E, Loomer L, McCreedy E, Mitchell SL. Understanding implementation fidelity in a pragmatic randomized clinical trial in the nursing home setting:a mixed-methods examination. Trials. 2019 Nov 28; 20(1):656. PMID: 31779684.Published on 10/29/2019
Loomer L, Volandes AE, Mitchell SL, Belanger E, McCreedy E, Palmer JA, Mor V. Black Nursing Home Residents More Likely to Watch Advance Care Planning Video. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 03; 68(3):603-608. PMID: 31660609.Published on 10/3/2019
Loomer L, McCreedy E, Belanger E, Volandes AE, Mitchell SL, Palmer JA, Mor V. Proxies Viewing Decision Support Video in Nursing Home Report Higher Advance Care Planning Engagement. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019 11; 20(11):1467-1469. PMID: 31588025.Published on 7/29/2019
Palmer JA, Parker VA, Mor V, Volandes AE, Barre LR, Belanger E, Carter P, Loomer L, McCreedy E, Mitchell SL. Barriers and facilitators to implementing a pragmatic trial to improve advance care planning in the nursing home setting. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Jul 29; 19(1):527. PMID: 31357993.Published on 7/1/2019
Pimentel CB, Mills WL, Palmer JA, Dillon K, Sullivan JL, Wewiorski NJ, Snow AL, Allen RS, Hopkins SD, Hartmann CW. Blended Facilitation as an Effective Implementation Strategy for Quality Improvement and Research in Nursing Homes. J Nurs Care Qual. 2019 Jul/Sep; 34(3):210-216. PMID: 30480614.