Date Prepared: January 2019

Name: Christopher Michael Palmer, M.D.

Office Address: McLean Hospital, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478

Place of Birth: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Education

1991

B.S.

summa cum laude

Biology Purdue University
1995 M.D. Medicine Washington University

 

Postdoctoral Training

1995-1996 Internship Internal Medicine/ Neurology/Psychiatry

McLean Hospital/ MGH/ Mount Auburn

Harvard Medical School

1996-1999 Resident Psychiatry McLean Hospital/ MGH/ Harvard Medical School

 

Faculty Academic Appointments

1995-1999 Clinical Fellow Psychiatry Harvard Medical School
1999-2011 Instructor Psychiatry Harvard Medical School
2011-Present Assistant Professor Psychiatry Harvard Medical School

 

Appointments at Hospitals/Affiliated Institutions  

    Past

1999-2000 Psychiatrist-in-Charge Short Term Unit McLean Hospital
1999-2000 Psychiatrist-in-Charge Clinical Evaluation Unit McLean Hospital
2000 Psychiatrist-in-Charge Trauma and Dissociative Disorders Unit McLean Hospital
1997-2016 Physician and Co-Investigator Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory McLean Hospital
1997-2016 Physician and Co-Investigator Sleep Research Program McLean Hospital

 

Current

1999-Present Assistant Psychiatrist Department of Psychiatry McLean Hospital
2000-Present Director Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education McLean Hospital
2015-Present Director Borderline Personality Disorder Family and Consumer Education Initiative McLean Hospital

 

Other Professional Positions

1997-1999 Geriatric Psychiatry Consultant Specialized Health Services
2006-Present Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry Various Law Firms

 

Major Administrative Leadership Positions

     Local

1998-1999 Course Director, Psychopharmacology Grand Rounds McLean Hospital
2000-2010 Medical Director, Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education McLean Hospital
2000-Present Course Director, Grand Rounds McLean Hospital
2001 Course Director, McLean Hospital Schizophrenia Preceptorship McLean Hospital
2002 Course Director, Psychiatric Practice in 2002 Harvard Medical School
2002 Course Director, Terror in the Nation McLean Hospital
2002 Course Director, Psychiatry Board Review McLean Hospital
2002-2004 Course Director, Awesome Adolescence McLean Hospital
2002 Course Director, Atypical Antipsychotics McLean Hospital
2002 Course Director, Psychiatric Disorders in the Long-Term Care Setting McLean Hospital
2002 Course Director, Social Phobia McLean Hospital
2003-2005 Course Director, Pediatric Mental Health in Primary Care McLean Hospital
2003 Course Director, The Science of Neurology and Psychiatry McLean Hospital
2003 Course Director, Atypical Antipsychotics McLean Hospital
2003 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2003 Harvard Medical School
2003 Course Director, Psychiatric Disorders in the Long-Term Care Setting McLean Hospital
2003 Course Director, Staying Healthy at Home McLean Hospital
2003-2005, 2009 Course Director, Borderline Personality Disorder McLean Hospital
2004 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2004 Harvard Medical School
2004 Course Director, Quality of Life in the Later Years McLean Hospital
2005 Course Director, Adolescent Mental Health and Wellness McLean Hospital
2005 Course Director, Suicide: Advances in Research and Treatment McLean Hospital
2006 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2006 Harvard Medical School
2006 Course Director, Geriatric Psychiatry in 2006 McLean Hospital
2007 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2007 Harvard Medical School
2007 Course Director, Geriatric Psychiatry in 2007 McLean Hospital
2008 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2008 Harvard Medical School
2008 Course Director, Geriatric Psychiatry in 2008 McLean Hospital
2008 Course Director, Coaching: A New Horizon: Theory, Emerging Evidence, and Practice Harvard Medical School
2009 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2009 Harvard Medical School
2009 Course Director, Coaching in Medicine and Leadership Harvard Medical School
2010 Course Director, Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: An Intensive Training in the Mentalization Based Treatment Approach McLean Hospital
2010-Present Director, Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education McLean Hospital
2010 Course Director, Addictions in 2010 Harvard Medical School
2010 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2010 Harvard Medical School
2010 Course Director, Coaching in Healthcare and Leadership Harvard Medical School
2011 Course Director, Addictions in 2011 Harvard Medical School
2011 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2011 Harvard Medical School
2011 Course Director, Coaching in Medicine and Leadership Harvard Medical School
2012 Course Director, Addictions in 2012 Harvard Medical School
2012 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2012 Harvard Medical School
2012 Course Director, Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Harvard Medical School
2012 Course Director, Depression, Anxiety and Stress Harvard Medical School
2013 Course Director, Addictions in 2013 Harvard Medical School
2013 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2013 Harvard Medical School
2013 Course Director, Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Harvard Medical School
2013 Course Director, Attachment Harvard Medical School
2014 Course Director, Addictions in 2014 Harvard Medical School
2014 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2014 Harvard Medical School
2014 Course Director, Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Harvard Medical School
2014 Course Director, Depression, Anxiety and Stress Harvard Medical School
2015 Course Director, Addictions 2015 Harvard Medical School
2015 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2015 Harvard Medical School
2015 – Present Director, Family and Consumer Education Initiative McLean Hospital
2015 Course Director, Coaching in Healthcare and Leadership Harvard Medical School
2015 Course Director, Mental Health and Education 2015 Harvard Medical School
2015 Course Director, Attachment and Borderline Personality Disorder Harvard Medical School
2016 Course Director, Addictions 2016 Harvard Medical School
2016 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2016 Harvard Medical School
2016 Course Director, Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Harvard Medical School
2016 Course Director, Mental Health and Education 2016 Harvard Medical School
2017 Course Director, Addictions in 2017 Harvard Medical School
2017 Course Director, Psychiatry in2017 Harvard Medical School
2017 Course Director, Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Harvard Medical School
2017 Course Director, Mental Health and Education 2017 Harvard Medical School
2018 Course Director, Posttraumatic Stress and Related Disorders Harvard Medical School
2018 Course Director, Addictions 2018 Harvard Medical School
2018 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2018 Harvard Medical School
2018 Course Director, Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Harvard Medical School
2019 Course Director, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Training McLean Hospital
2019 Course Director, Addictions 2019 Harvard Medical School
2019 Course Director, Psychiatry in 2019 Harvard Medical School
2019 Course Director, Coaching in Healthcare and Leadership Harvard Medical School
2019 Course Director, Attachment and Psychotherapy Harvard Medical School

 

   National

2001 Course Director, Oral Board Review Course American Psychiatric Association

 

Committee Service

     Local

1996-1999 Psychiatry Core Clerkship Directors Planning Committee Harvard Medical School
2001-2006 Education Task Force Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health
2001-Present Teaching and Graduate Education Committee McLean Hospital
2001-Present    Chair, Continuing Education Committee McLean Hospital
2001-Present Chair, Strategic Planning Committee for the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education McLean Hospital
2002-2004 Subcommittee on Courses and Credits Harvard Medical School
2003-2013 Standing Committee on Continuing Education Harvard Medical School
2007-2010 Strategic Planning Work Group McLean Hospital
2008-Present Management Forum McLean Hospital
2009-Present Grand Rounds Committee McLean Hospital
2009-Present Academic Steering Committee McLean Hospital
2009-2010 Chair, Continuing Medical Education Workgroup, Academic Steering Committee McLean Hospital
2011-2012
CME Finance and Administration Subcommittee (Subcommittee of the Faculty Committee on Strategic Planning for Continuing Education)
Harvard Medical School
2012-Present Continuing Professional Development Committee Partners Healthcare
2013-Present Standing Committee on Continuing Professional Development Harvard Medical School
2013-2014 Task Force on Maintenance of Certification Harvard Medical School
2013-2014 Diversity Task Force McLean Hospital
2013-Present Sociocultural and Healthcare Policy Content Committee, Psychiatry Residency Training Program MGH/ McLean Hospital
2014- Present Diversity Committee McLean Hospital
2014- Present Technology Task Force McLean Hospital
2018 – Present Diversity Task Force Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education

 

Professional Societies

1991-2011 American Medical Association
  1995-1999 Member, Resident Physicians Section
  1997-1999 Massachusetts Delegate, Resident Physicians Section
  1997-1998 Chair, Psychiatry Caucus, Resident Physicians Section
  1999-2008 Member, Young Physicians Section
  2003-2006 Massachusetts Delegate, Young Physicians Section
  2005-2007 Member, Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues
1994-2007 American Psychiatric Association
  1997-1999 Member, Committee on Medical Student Education
1995-Present Massachusetts Medical Society
  1996-1999 Member, Committee on Resident Physicians
  1997-1999 Member, Committee on Community Action
  2002-2007 Member, Committee on Young Physicians
  2003-2004 Vice Chair, Committee on Young Physicians
  2003-2004 Member, Committee on Strategic Planning
  2004-2006 Chair, Committee on Young Physicians
  2004-2006 Member, Committee on Member Services
  2004-2006 Member, Task Force on Universal Access
  2008-Present Member, Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues
  2009-2011 Vice Chair, Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues
  2011-Present Advisor, Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues
  2013-Present         Committee on Accreditation Review
  2015- 2017 Vice Chair, Committee on Accreditation Review
2013 – 2017 Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education
  2013-2017 Member, Accreditation Review Committee (nominated by the American Hospital Association)

 

Editorial Activities

Ad hoc Reviewer:

  • Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy
  • Journal of Physiological Anthropology
  • International Journal of Depression and Anxiety
  • International Journal of Diabetes and Clinical Research
  • Nutritional Neuroscience

Honors and Prizes

Year Award/ Honor  Awarding Organization Achievement

1990 Phi Beta Kappa (awarded during Junior Year) Phi Beta Kappa Society Academic Achievement
1991 Community Academic Recognition Award Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Academic Achievement and Community Service
1991 Phi Kappa Phi The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Academic Achievement
1993 Dr. Richard S. Brookings Medical School Prize Washington University Academic Achievement
1995 Honors Graduate Award Missouri State Medical Association Academic Achievement
1997-1998 APA/GlaxoWellcome Fellowship American Psychiatric Association Leadership
2003 AMA Foundation Leadership Award American Medical Association Leadership

Report of Local Teaching and Training

    Teaching of Students in Courses

1990-1991 Biology 122: Introduction to Biology Lab (Purdue University)
  Undergraduate Students Teaching Assistant 3 hours of class per week for 1 year
1996-2006 Psychopathology and Introduction to Clinical Psychiatry (HMS)
  2nd year medical students Tutor 20 hours per year
2001-2006 Psychopathology and Introduction to Clinical Psychiatry (HMS)
  2nd year medical students Lecturer 2-hour presentations per year
1996-1997 Objective Structured Clinical Examination
  4th year medical students Examiner and helped design psychiatry station 5 hours per exam

   

     Formal Teaching of Residents, Clinical Fellows and Research Fellows (post-docs)

2014 Sex, Culture and Psychiatry
  PGY-3 Psychiatry Residents MGH-McLean One hour lecture
2014 Credibility vs. over-identification in the psychiatric encounter
  PGY-3 Psychiatry Residents MGH-McLean Two hour workshop
2015 Sex, Culture and Psychiatry
  PGY-3 Psychiatry Residents MGH–McLean One hour lecture
2015 Credibility vs over-identification in the psychiatric encounter
  PGY-3 Psychiatry Residents MGH-McLean Two hour workshop
2016 Credibility vs over-identification in the psychiatric encounter
  PGY-3 Psychiatry Residents MGH-McLean Two hour workshop
2017 Credibility vs over-identification in the psychiatric encounter
  PGY-3 Psychiatry Residents MGH-McLean Two hour workshop
2018 Credibility vs over-identification in the psychiatric encounter
  PGY-3 Psychiatry Residents MGH-McLean Two hour workshop

 

Clinical Supervisory and Training Responsibilities

        1995-2006 Preceptor, Core Clerkship in Psychiatry Harvard Medical School 1-2 medical students/year; 5 hours per week for 1 month/student
2004 Psychiatry Resident Supervisor McLean Hospital 1 hour per week for 1 year

 

     Formal Teaching of Peers (e.g., CME and other continuing education courses)

Year(s) Title(s) or topic(s) of talk(s) Number of talks in single course

Course Name Location(s) (city or country) Sponsor/Source of Compensation

1999 Cocaine Dependence: Can We Do Better Than “Just Say No” Grand Rounds
Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital None
   
2001 Real-World Uses of Atypical Antipsychotics Single presentation
Schizophrenia Preceptorship Belmont, MA None
 
2002 Preparing for the Boards Single presentation
Psychiatry Board Review Course Boston None
 
2002 Social Phobia Single presentation
Social Phobia Conference Belmont, MA None
 
2004 Borderline Personality Disorder Single presentation
Pri-Med Anaheim Harvard Medical School
 
2004 Psychiatric Diagnostic Interviewing for the Primary Care Physician Single presentation
Pri-Med Anaheim Harvard Medical School
 
2005 Psychiatric Diagnostic Interviewing for the Primary Care Physician Single presentation
Pri-Med Boston Harvard Medical School
 
2006 Bipolar Disorder in Primary Care Single presentation
Pri-Med Boston Harvard Medical School
 
2009 Supporting Your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients Single presentation
Massachusetts Medical Society Annual Meeting Waltham, MA Massachusetts Medical Society
 
2015 Psychopharmacologic and Non-Psychopharmacologic Treatments of Schizophrenia Single Presentation
Chinese Society of Psychiatry Nanjing, China Chinese Society of Psychiatry
 
2015 Panel Discussant on Schizophrenia Three Panel Presentations
Chinese Society of Psychiatry Annual Meeting Chengdu, China Chinese Society of Psychiatry
 
2016 Psychopharmacologic Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders Single Presentation
Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction: Commonly Comorbid Disorders Abu Dhabi, UAE National Rehabilitation Centre (UAE) and McLean Hospital
 
2017 Ketogenic Diet in Psychiatry Single Presentation
International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research conference Bethesda, Maryland International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research
 
2017 Borderline Personality Disorder Single Presentation
Mental Health and Education 2017 Cambridge, MA Harvard Medical School
 
2018 Ketogenic Diet in Medicine Single Presentation
Nutrition and Health Conference-2018 Boston, MA University of Arizona
 
2019 Keto for the Brain: The Ketogenic Diet for Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders Single Presentation
Low Carb USA Conference West Palm Beach, FL Low Carb USA
     
2019 Assessment and Psychopharmacological Treatment of Major Depression and Anxiety Disorders Single Presentation
McLean Hospital Otsuka Training Belmont, MA Harvard Medical School
     
2018 Ketogenic Diet in Medicine and Psychiatry Single Presentation
McLean Hospital Grand Rounds Belmont, MA McLean Hospital
   

 

     Local Invited Presentations

Year(s) Title of presentation            Type of presentation

Department and Institution where presented Sponsor/Source of compensation

1998 The Treatment of Bipolar Depression Psychosomatic Conference
  Department of Psychiatry, MGH None

        

2018 Ketogenic Diet in Medicine and Psychiatry Single Presentation
Grand Rounds Belmont, MA McLean Hospital
2019 Pychopharmacological Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders Single Presentation
Ostuka Pharmaceutical Training Belmont, MA McLean Hospital

 

Report of Regional, National and International Invited Teaching and Presentations

     Year Title of presentation or name of course          Type of presentation/role(s) (note if abstract)     

       Location Sponsor/Source of compensation

National

1998 Current Issues in Medical Student Education Panelist for symposium
  American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Toronto None
1999 To Tell or Not To Tell: The Impaired Supervisor Panelist for symposium
  American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. None
2001 Overview of the ABPN Part II Examination Plenary Talk
  Oral Board Review Course, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans None
2004 From Response to Recovery: The Consumer/ Clinician Collaboration in Depression and Psychosis Moderator of Symposium
  American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, New York None

 

2002 Social Phobia Single presentation
Social Phobia Conference Belmont, MA None
 
2004 Borderline Personality Disorder Single presentation
Pri-Med Anaheim Harvard Medical School
 
2004 Psychiatric Diagnostic Interviewing for the Primary Care Physician Single presentation
Pri-Med Anaheim Harvard Medical School
 
2005 Psychiatric Diagnostic Interviewing for the Primary Care Physician Single presentation
Pri-Med Boston Harvard Medical School
 
2006 Bipolar Disorder in Primary Care Single presentation
Pri-Med Boston Harvard Medical School
 
2009 Supporting Your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients Single presentation
Massachusetts Medical Society Annual Meeting Waltham, MA Massachusetts Medical Society
 
 
2017 Borderline Personality Disorder Single Presentation
Mental Health and Education 2017 Cambridge, MA Harvard Medical School
     
2018 Ketogenic Diet in Medicine Single Presentation
Nutrition and Health Conference-2018 Boston, MA University of Arizona
 
2019 Keto for the Brain: The Ketogenic Diet in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders Single Presentation
Low Carb USA West Palm Beach, FL Low Carb USA
 
2019 Ketogenic Diet in Psychiatry Single Presentation
Integrative Mental Health Conference San Francisco, CA University of Arizona
 

 

International

2015 Psychopharmacologic and Non-Psychopharmacologic Treatments of Schizophrenia Single Presentation
Chinese Society of Psychiatry Nanjing, China Chinese Society of Psychiatry
 
2015 Panel Discussant on Schizophrenia Three Panel Presentations
Chinese Society of Psychiatry Annual Meeting Chengdu, China Chinese Society of Psychiatry
 
2016 Psychopharmacologic Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders Single Presentation
Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction: Commonly Comorbid Disorders Abu Dhabi, UAE National Rehabilitation Centre (UAE) and McLean Hospital
 
2017 Ketogenic Diet in Psychiatry Single Presentation
International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research conference Bethesda, Maryland International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research
 
2018 Ketogenic Diet in the Treatment of Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder Single Presentation
6th Global Symposium on Ketogenic Therapies for Neurological Disorders (KETO 2018) Jeju, South Korea US National Institute of Health

Report of Clinical Activities and Innovations

Current Licensure and Certification

  1. United States Medical Licensing Board Certificate
  1. Massachusetts License Registration

2000, 2011 Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Practice Activities

Private Practice of Psychiatry Outpatient McLean Hospital 8 hours per week
Ketogenic diet in psychiatry Outpatient McLean Hospital Ongoing clinical work with patients using the ketogenic diet for the treatment of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, and treatment-resistant depression

 

Report of Education of Patients and Service to the Community

Activities

1992-1995 Volunteer with Students Teaching AIDS to Students Washington University School of Medicine
  AIDS education to middle school students
1992-1994 Volunteer with the Perinatal Project Washington University School of Medicine
  Provided education and guidance to lower income, pregnant women throughout the course of pregnancy
1999-2000    Consultant to Support Group Manic Depressive and Depressive Association of Boston (MDDA)
  Provided expert education and advice to patients
     
   
     
   
     
   

 

Educational Material for Patients and the Lay Community

     Books, monographs, articles and presentations in other media

2009 Dan Rea Show (WBZ) Expert on 2-hour radio call-in show
2015-2018    Director and Moderator of Borderline Personality Disorder Family and Consumer Education Webinars McLean Hospital
  Developed a series of psychoeducational webinars for families and patients; provided expert education and advice; moderated 40 webinar sessions with other speakers. Webinars were viewed by over 70,000 people in over 88 different countries around the world.
2016    After All of This Treatment, Why Isn’t He/She Better? Treatment Resistant Borderline Personality Disorder McLean Hospital
  Provided education and guidance to families and consumers affected by treatment resistant borderline personality disorder.
2018 – Present Psychiatry Health Blog Psychology  Today
  Provided a regular blog with articles on mental health, psychiatry, and the relationship of psychiatric disorders with metabolic disorders
2019 Online Webinar The Ketogenic Diet in Medicine and Psychiatry
  Online webinar for lay public
2019 Podcast on the Ketogenic Diet in Psychiatry Mindful Things Podcast Series offered by McLean Hospital
  One hour podcast produced by McLean Hospital

 

Report of Scholarship

Publications

  • Peer Reviewed Publications in print or other media

 

Lukas S, Penetar D, Berko J, Vicens L, Palmer C, Mallya G, Macklin E, Lee D. An Extract of the Chinese Herbal Root Kudzu Reduces Alcohol Drinking by Heavy Drinkers in a Naturalistic Setting. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2005 May;29(5):756-762.

Hopper JW, Su Z, Looby AR, Ryan ET, Penetar DM, Palmer CM, Lukas SE. Incidence and patterns of polydrug use and craving for ecstasy in regular ecstasy users: An ecological momentary assessment study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2006 Dec 1;85(3):221-35.

Palmer C, Rediger J, and Kauffman K. Economic anxiety: First aid for the recession’s casualties. Current Psychiatry. 2009 May; 8(5):46-54.

Licata SC, Penetar DM, Ravichandran C, Rodolico J, Palmer C, Berko J, Geaghan     T, Looby A, Peters E, Ryan E, Renshaw PF, Lukas SE.  Effects of daily treatment with citicoline: A double-blind, placebo-controlled study in cocaine-dependent volunteers. J Addict Med, 2011 Mar; 5(1):57-64.

Lukas SE, Penetar DM, Su Z, Geaghan T, Maywalt M, Tracy M, Rodolico J, Palmer C, Ma Z, Lee DY-W.  A standardized kudzu extract (NPI-031) reduces alcohol consumption in nontreatment-seeking male heavy drinkers.  Psychopharmacology, 2013, 226: 65-73.  

Lukas SE, Lowen SB, Lindsey KP, Conn N, Tartarini W, Rodolico J, Mallya G, Palmer C, Penetar DM.  Extended-release injectable naltrexone (XR-NTX) attenuates brain responses to alcohol cues in alcohol-dependent volunteers: A BOLD fMRI study.  Neuroimage. 2013 Sep;78:176-85.

Palmer, CM. Ketogenic diet in the treatment of schizoaffective disorder: Two case studies. Schizophrenia Research, ISSN: 1573-2509, 2017 Nov;189, 208-209.

Gilbert-Jaramillo, Vargas-Pico D, Espinosa-Mendoza T, Falk S, Llanos-Fernàndez K, Guerrero-Haro J, Orelanna-Roman R, Poveda-Loor C, Valdevila- Figueira J, Palmer C.  (2018) The effects of the ketogenic diet on psychiatric symptomatology, weight and metabolic dysfunction in schizophrenia patients. Clin Nutr Metab 1: DOI: 10.15761/CNM.1000105

Palmer, CM. Diets and Disorders: Can Foods or Fasting be Considered

Psychopharmacological Therapies? J Clin Psychiatry, In press.

  • Non-peer reviewed scientific or medical publications/materials in print or other media

 

Book Chapters:

Palmer C.M. and Pope H.G. Jr. (2000). Antiepileptic Drugs. In M.G. Gelder, J.J.Lopez-Ibor Jr., and N. Andreason (Eds.), The New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 1326-1333.

Palmer C.M. and  Leslie M.B. (2016). Adult Mental Health. In K.L. Eckstrand and J.M. Ehrenfeld   (Eds.), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Healthcare: A Clinical Guide to Preventive, Primary, and Specialist Care. Springer Switzerland, pp. 201-232.

Cruz A., Torrence J., and Palmer C. (in press) Shame in Secrecy in the Psychiatric Encounter. In N. Trin and J. Chen (Eds.), Sociocultural Psychiatry: A Casebook and Curriculum. Oxford University Press

Articles

Narrative Report (limit to 500 words)

My career has been devoted to medical education, clinical practice, and research. I am a full-time employee of McLean Hospital, currently devoting most of my time to leading the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education. Additionally, I have a private practice of psychiatry, and have been pioneering the use of the ketogenic diet as a treatment for psychiatric disorders.

My area of excellence has been in medical education. I have had varied teaching roles from the time I was an undergraduate in college. In 2000, I assumed leadership of the McLean Hospital Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education. McLean Hospital is unique among the Harvard-affiliated hospitals, as it has its own ACCME accreditation. As such, the Department is charged with varied tasks, including offering large conferences for international audiences, in-house education of professional staff, and joint sponsorships, in which McLean Hospital partners with outside organizations to offer continuing education activities. Given the diversity of clinicians in the mental health field, the Department also maintains accreditation for continuing education of 6 other professional disciplines. Since 2000, the Department has grown exponentially and we now offer more programs than ever in our 200+ year history, attracting record numbers of participants from around the world. After years of poor financial performance, the Department is now on solid footing and contributes to the operations of the hospital. On behalf of the hospital, I began collaborations with the HMS Department of Continuing Education (DCE) to offer some of our conferences through the DCE for the first time in decades. Over the years, I have partnered with a number of outside organizations to accredit their continuing education offerings, including Harvard University Health Services, the MGH Psychiatry Academy, the International OCD Foundation, the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, among others. Additionally, I have served as an expert resource to other organizations’ continuing education enterprises, including serving on a number of CME-related committees and task forces for Harvard Medical School, the CME Committee for Partners Healthcare, the Accreditation Review Committee for the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the Accreditation Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as a representative of the American Hospital Association.

In addition to my educational activities, significant supporting activities have included research and clinical care. I have served as a research physician in the Sleep Research Program and the Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory, which conduct studies in the areas of sleep medicine and addictions. My clinical work is with adult psychiatric patients primarily with treatment-resistant disorders, including mood, anxiety, psychotic, and personality disorders. Over the past three years, I have been pioneering the use of the ketogenic diet in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, have published in this area, have been invited to speak at a number of conferences around the world on this topic, and am now pursing clinical research in this area.

To summarize, while my area of excellence is education, I have been fortunate to have a career that combines the three pillars of academic medicine: education, research, and clinical practice.

 

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