I am passionate and determined to improve mental health care for the millions of people suffering. All too often, our current treatments don’t work. We must do better. We can change this through education, research, advocacy, and innovation. To this end, I am a Harvard Medical School educator, clinician, researcher, and advocate. I work at the interface of metabolic and mental disorders. My goal is to better understand what causes mental illness and develop more effective treatments.

Hello! I’m Dr. Chris Palmer.

I am a Harvard Medical School Physician | Researcher | Consultant | Educator dedicated to improving the lives of people suffering from mental illness. To do so, I am working to understand what causes mental illness and how to provide better treatments. I have extensive experience and expertise in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and complementary and alternative treatments for psychiatric disorders. I know these work for some people, and I am dedicated to education about these appropriate treatments and advocacy for access to them.

However, I am also painfully aware that sometimes our treatments don’t work. We need to do better for the millions of people who are desperate for a solution. We need to understand what is causing their symptoms and provide effective interventions. To this end, I am working at the interface of metabolic and mental disorders to better understand the extraordinarily high overlap in these disorders. I’m also pioneering the use of the ketogenic diet as a treatment for psychiatric disorders and working to understand its mechanisms of action in people with severe mental illness.

I am hoping to create an online space where researchers, doctors, patients, and their families can connect, engage, learn, and share their stories.

I invite you to join the conversation.

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