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Ruth Baugher Palmer, Ph.D.

Ruth Baugher Palmer, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Eastern UniversityCo-Chair, Counseling Psychology Department
Degree Coordinator, Clinical Counseling Program
Professor, Counseling Psychology

Contact Information

Phone:  610-341-5921
Email:  rpalmer@eastern.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Temple University
  • M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, Temple University
  • B.A., Behavioral Science, Messiah College

License/Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of PA
  • Educational Specialist II, Secondary School Guidance Counselor, Commonwealth of PA
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, International Association of Trauma Professionals
  • Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional, International Association of Trauma Professionals
  • Certified Field Traumatologist, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology

Research Interests

  • Psychotherapy process and outcome
  • Counselor supervision and training
  • Traumatic stress
  • Adolescent development

Clinical Interests

  • Interventions with traumatized populations:  disaster mental health, veterans, domestic violence, childhood abuse
  • Grief counseling
  • Prevention and treatment of behavioral problems in adolescence

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Edgar-Smith, S. & Palmer, R.B. (in press), Building Supportive School Environments for Alternative Education Youth. Journal of Preventing School Failure.
  • Edgar-Smith. S., Gill, J, & Palmer, R.B.  (2013). Bringing youth with special needs into the church community: A practical guide. Journal of Youth Ministry, 11(2), 57-72.
  • Edgar-Smith, S.E. & Palmer, R.B. (2010).  Does psychodynamic theory have a place within the school?  The Pennsylvania Psychologist, 70(3) 26-27.
  • Chung, W., Edgar-Smith, S.E., Palmer, R.B., Bartholomew, E., & DeLambo, D.  (2008). Psychiatric re-hospitalization of children and adolescents:  Implications for social work intervention.  Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 25(6), 483-496.
  • Palmer, R.B., White, G.M., & Chung, W. (2008).  Deficient trainees: Gatekeeping in Christian practitioner programs.  Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 27, 30-40.

Book Chapters

  • Palmer, R.B., & Liddle, H.A.  (1996). Adolescent drug abuse: Contemporary perspectives on etiology and treatment.  In G.M. Blau & T.P. Gullotta (Eds.), Adolescent dysfunctional behavior: Causes, interventions, and prevention. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.
  • Wynne, R.D., McCrady, B., Kahler, C., Liddle, H.A., Palmer, R.B., Horberg, L.K., & Schlesinger, S.E.  (1996). When addictions affect the family.  In M. Harway (Ed.), Understanding the changing family: Handling normative and unusual events.  NY:  John Wiley & Sons.

Monographs

  • Palmer, R.B.  (1995).  Adolescents at risk: A training program for teachers, public defenders, and other youth workers.  Monograph of the Center for Education in Inner Cities, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Palmer, R.B., Dakof, G.D., & Liddle, H.A. (1993). Family processes, family interventions, and adolescent problems in school: A critical review and analysis.  Monograph of the Center for Education in Inner Cities, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Conference Publications

  • Palmer, R.B.  (2012, April). Developing and Using Grading Rubrics, Panel Discussion of the Spring Conference of the Eastern Region of the Pennsylvania Association of Counseling Education and Supervision, West Chester University, West Chester, PA.
  • Edgar-Smith, S.E., & Palmer, R.B. (2012, March). Building Supportive School Environments for Alternative Ed Youth.   Poster presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, annual national conference, Washington, DC.
  • Palmer, R.B.  (2011, October). Gatekeeping Responsibilities of Counselor Educators, Panel Discussion of the Fall Conference of the Eastern Region of the Pennsylvania Association of Counseling Education and Supervision, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA.
  • Chung, W., Edgar-Smith, S.E, Palmer, R.B, DeLambo, D., Chung, S., & Huang, W. (2011, January). Teacher Perceptions of Students with Autism. Poster presented at the annual International Autism Conference, Washington DC.
  • Edgar-Smith, S.E., Palmer, R.B., & VanHorn, K. (2010, April). Yo, step off! Altering Youth Perceptions about Justice in School Communities.  Poster presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, annual national conference, Kansas City, MO.
  • White, G.M., & Palmer, R.B., & Edgar-Smith, S.E.  (2009, April). Gatekeeping in Action:  A Formalized Best Practices Model.  Paper presented at the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, annual national conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Edgar-Smith, S.E., Palmer, R.B., & Gill, J.  (2009, March). Bringing Special Needs Children and Youth into the Church Community: A Practical Guide.  Paper presented at the fourth annual Messiah College Youth Workers Conference, Grantham, PA.
  • Edgar-Smith, S.E., Palmer, R.B, & Gill, J.  (2007, November).  Are We Prepared to Invite Everyone to the Table? Special Needs Children and Youth in Church Communities.  Workshop presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies eastern regional conference, Chambersburg, PA.
  • White, G.M., & Palmer, R.B.  (2007, November). Preserving the Relationship: Using Re-enactments of Relational Distortions to Deepen the Therapeutic Alliance.  Workshop presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies eastern regional conference, Chambersburg, PA.
  • Chung, W., Guinyard, C., Palmer, R.B., White, G.M., & Shayne, Y.  (2007, March). Body Image and God Image:  Are They Related in Christian Women?  Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Chung, W., Palmer, R.B, White, G.M., Shaffer, J., & Nash, R  (2007, March).  I’m Overwhelmed!  Helping Counseling Students Care for Themselves While Caring for Clients.  Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Palmer, R.B., White, G.M, & Chung, W.  (2006, March). Helping Students Discern Calling and Gifting for Clinical Vocations.  Paper presented at the Christian Association of Psychological Studies annual conference, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Palmer, R.B., White, G.M., & Chung, W.  (2005, November). Love, Grace, and Responsibilities in Supervision/Training: Preliminary Results of a National Survey of CCCU Mental Health-Related Graduate Programs.  Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies eastern regional conference, Chambersburg, PA.
  • Chung, W., Wicklund, K., Palmer, R.B., & White, G.M.  (2005, April). Knowing our Counseling Students:  Career Choice and Gatekeeping.   Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies annual conference, Dallas, TX.

Grants

  • Eastern University Provost Grant 2008

Professional Associations    

  • Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS)
  • Green Cross Academy of Traumatology
  • International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Counselor Education & Supervision (PACES)
  • Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA)
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA)

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