Curriculum Vitae

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

1991B.S. summa cum laude BiologyPurdue University
1995M.D.MedicineWashington University

Postdoctoral Training

1995-1996InternshipInternal Medicine/ Neurology/PsychiatryMcLean Hospital/ MGH/ Mount Auburn

Harvard Medical School

1996-1999ResidentPsychiatryMcLean Hospital/ MGH/ Harvard Medical School

Faculty Academic Appointments

1995-1999Clinical FellowPsychiatryHarvard Medical School
1999-2011InstructorPsychiatryHarvard Medical School
2011-PresentAssistant ProfessorPsychiatryHarvard Medical School

Appointments at Hospitals/Affiliated Institutions

Past

1999-2000Psychiatrist-in-ChargeShort Term UnitMcLean Hospital
1999-2000Psychiatrist-in-ChargeClinical Evaluation UnitMcLean Hospital
2000Psychiatrist-in-ChargeTrauma and Dissociative Disorders UnitMcLean Hospital
1997-2016Physician and Co-InvestigatorBehavioral Psychopharmacology Research LaboratoryMcLean Hospital
1997-2016Physician and Co-InvestigatorSleep Research ProgramMcLean Hospital

Current

1999-PresentAssistant PsychiatristDepartment of PsychiatryMcLean Hospital
2000-PresentDirectorDepartment of Postgraduate and Continuing EducationMcLean Hospital
2015-PresentDirectorBorderline Personality Disorder Family and Consumer Education InitiativeMcLean Hospital

Other Professional Positions

1997-1999Geriatric Psychiatry ConsultantSpecialized Health Services
2006-PresentConsultant in Forensic PsychiatryVarious Law Firms

Major Administrative Leadership Positions

Local

1998-1999Course Director, Psychopharmacology Grand RoundsMcLean Hospital
2000-2010Medical Director, Department of Postgraduate and Continuing EducationMcLean Hospital
2000-PresentCourse Director, Grand RoundsMcLean Hospital
2001Course Director, McLean Hospital Schizophrenia PreceptorshipMcLean Hospital
2002Course Director, Psychiatric Practice in 2002Harvard Medical School
2002Course Director, Terror in the NationMcLean Hospital
2002Course Director, Psychiatry Board ReviewMcLean Hospital
2002-2004Course Director, Awesome AdolescenceMcLean Hospital
2002Course Director, Atypical AntipsychoticsMcLean Hospital
2002Course Director, Psychiatric Disorders in the Long-Term Care SettingMcLean Hospital
2002Course Director, Social PhobiaMcLean Hospital
2003-2005Course Director, Pediatric Mental Health in Primary CareMcLean Hospital
2003Course Director, The Science of Neurology and PsychiatryMcLean Hospital
2003Course Director, Atypical AntipsychoticsMcLean Hospital
2003Course Director, Psychiatry in 2003Harvard Medical School
2003Course Director, Psychiatric Disorders in the Long-Term Care SettingMcLean Hospital
2003Course Director, Staying Healthy at HomeMcLean Hospital
2003-2005, 2009Course Director, Borderline Personality DisorderMcLean Hospital
2004Course Director, Psychiatry in 2004Harvard Medical School
2004Course Director, Quality of Life in the Later YearsMcLean Hospital
2005Course Director, Adolescent Mental Health and WellnessMcLean Hospital
2005Course Director, Suicide: Advances in Research and TreatmentMcLean Hospital
2006Course Director, Psychiatry in 2006Harvard Medical School
2006Course Director, Geriatric Psychiatry in 2006McLean Hospital
2007Course Director, Psychiatry in 2007Harvard Medical School
2007Course Director, Geriatric Psychiatry in 2007McLean Hospital
2008Course Director, Psychiatry in 2008Harvard Medical School
2008Course Director, Geriatric Psychiatry in 2008McLean Hospital
2008Course Director, Coaching: A New Horizon: Theory, Emerging Evidence, and PracticeHarvard Medical School
2009Course Director, Psychiatry in 2009Harvard Medical School
2009Course Director, Coaching in Medicine and LeadershipHarvard Medical School
2010Course Director, Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: An Intensive Training in the Mentalization Based Treatment ApproachMcLean Hospital
2010-PresentDirector, Department of Postgraduate and Continuing EducationMcLean Hospital
2010Course Director, Addictions in 2010Harvard Medical School
2010Course Director, Psychiatry in 2010Harvard Medical School
2010Course Director, Coaching in Healthcare and LeadershipHarvard Medical School
2011Course Director, Addictions in 2011Harvard Medical School
2011Course Director, Psychiatry in 2011Harvard Medical School
2011Course Director, Coaching in Medicine and LeadershipHarvard Medical School
2012Course Director, Addictions in 2012Harvard Medical School
2012Course Director, Psychiatry in 2012Harvard Medical School
2012Course Director, Coaching in Leadership and HealthcareHarvard Medical School
2012Course Director, Depression, Anxiety and StressHarvard Medical School
2013Course Director, Addictions in 2013Harvard Medical School
2013Course Director, Psychiatry in 2013Harvard Medical School
2013Course Director, Coaching in Leadership and HealthcareHarvard Medical School
2013Course Director, AttachmentHarvard Medical School
2014Course Director, Addictions in 2014Harvard Medical School
2014Course Director, Psychiatry in 2014Harvard Medical School
2014Course Director, Coaching in Leadership and HealthcareHarvard Medical School
2014Course Director, Depression, Anxiety and StressHarvard Medical School
2015Course Director, Addictions 2015Harvard Medical School
2015Course Director, Psychiatry in 2015Harvard Medical School
2015 – PresentDirector, Family and Consumer Education InitiativeMcLean Hospital
2015Course Director, Coaching in Healthcare and LeadershipHarvard Medical School
2015Course Director, Mental Health and Education 2015Harvard Medical School
2015Course Director, Attachment and Borderline Personality DisorderHarvard Medical School
2016Course Director, Addictions 2016Harvard Medical School
2016Course Director, Psychiatry in 2016Harvard Medical School
2016Course Director, Coaching in Leadership and HealthcareHarvard Medical School
2016Course Director, Mental Health and Education 2016Harvard Medical School
2017Course Director, Addictions in 2017Harvard Medical School
2017Course Director, Psychiatry in2017Harvard Medical School
2017Course Director, Coaching in Leadership and HealthcareHarvard Medical School
2017Course Director, Mental Health and Education 2017Harvard Medical School
2018Course Director, Posttraumatic Stress and Related DisordersHarvard Medical School
2018Course Director, Addictions 2018Harvard Medical School
2018Course Director, Psychiatry in 2018Harvard Medical School
2018Course Director, Coaching in Leadership and HealthcareHarvard Medical School
2019Course Director, Otsuka Pharmaceutical TrainingMcLean Hospital
2019Course Director, Addictions 2019Harvard Medical School
2019Course Director, Psychiatry in 2019Harvard Medical School
2019Course Director, Coaching in Healthcare and LeadershipHarvard Medical School
2019Course Director, Attachment and PsychotherapyHarvard Medical School

National

2001Course Director, Oral Board Review CourseAmerican Psychiatric Association

Committee Service

Local

1996-1999Psychiatry Core Clerkship Directors Planning CommitteeHarvard Medical School
2001-2006Education Task ForcePartners Psychiatry and Mental Health
2001-PresentTeaching and Graduate Education CommitteeMcLean Hospital
2001-PresentChair, Continuing Education CommitteeMcLean Hospital
2001-PresentChair, Strategic Planning Committee for the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing EducationMcLean Hospital
2002-2004Subcommittee on Courses and CreditsHarvard Medical School
2003-2013Standing Committee on Continuing EducationHarvard Medical School
2007-2010Strategic Planning Work GroupMcLean Hospital
2008-PresentManagement ForumMcLean Hospital
2009-PresentGrand Rounds CommitteeMcLean Hospital
2009-PresentAcademic Steering CommitteeMcLean Hospital
2009-2010Chair, Continuing Medical Education Workgroup, Academic Steering CommitteeMcLean Hospital
2011-2012
CME Finance and Administration Subcommittee (Subcommittee of the Faculty Committee on Strategic Planning for Continuing Education)
Harvard Medical School
2012-PresentContinuing Professional Development CommitteePartners Healthcare
2013-PresentStanding Committee on Continuing Professional DevelopmentHarvard Medical School
2013-2014Task Force on Maintenance of CertificationHarvard Medical School
2013-2014Diversity Task ForceMcLean Hospital
2013-PresentSociocultural and Healthcare Policy Content Committee, Psychiatry Residency Training ProgramMGH/ McLean Hospital
2014- PresentDiversity CommitteeMcLean Hospital
2014- PresentTechnology Task ForceMcLean Hospital
2018 – PresentDiversity Task ForceHarvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education

Professional Societies

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

1990Phi Beta Kappa (awarded during Junior Year)Phi Beta Kappa SocietyAcademic Achievement
1991Community Academic Recognition AwardLafayette Chamber of CommerceAcademic Achievement and Community Service
1991Phi Kappa PhiThe Honor Society of Phi Kappa PhiAcademic Achievement
1993Dr. Richard S. Brookings Medical School PrizeWashington UniversityAcademic Achievement
1995Honors Graduate AwardMissouri State Medical AssociationAcademic Achievement
1997-1998APA/GlaxoWellcome FellowshipAmerican Psychiatric AssociationLeadership
2003AMA Foundation Leadership AwardAmerican Medical AssociationLeadership

Report of Local Teaching and Training

Teaching of Students in Courses

1990-1991Biology 122: Introduction to Biology Lab (Purdue University)
 Undergraduate StudentsTeaching Assistant3 hours of class per week for 1 year
1996-2006Psychopathology and Introduction to Clinical Psychiatry (HMS)
 2nd year medical studentsTutor20 hours per year
2001-2006Psychopathology and Introduction to Clinical Psychiatry (HMS)
 2nd year medical studentsLecturer2-hour presentations per year
1996-1997Objective Structured Clinical Examination
 4th year medical studentsExaminer and helped design psychiatry station5 hours per exam

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

2014Sex, Culture and Psychiatry
 PGY-3 Psychiatry ResidentsMGH-McLeanOne hour lecture
2014Credibility vs. over-identification in the psychiatric encounter
 PGY-3 Psychiatry ResidentsMGH-McLeanTwo hour workshop
2015Sex, Culture and Psychiatry
 PGY-3 Psychiatry ResidentsMGH–McLeanOne hour lecture
2015Credibility vs over-identification in the psychiatric encounter
 PGY-3 Psychiatry ResidentsMGH-McLeanTwo hour workshop
2016Credibility vs over-identification in the psychiatric encounter
 PGY-3 Psychiatry ResidentsMGH-McLeanTwo hour workshop
2017Credibility vs over-identification in the psychiatric encounter
 PGY-3 Psychiatry ResidentsMGH-McLeanTwo hour workshop
2018Credibility vs over-identification in the psychiatric encounter
 PGY-3 Psychiatry ResidentsMGH-McLeanTwo hour workshop

Clinical Supervisory and Training Responsibilities

        1995-2006Preceptor, Core Clerkship in PsychiatryHarvard Medical School1-2 medical students/year; 5 hours per week for 1 month/student
2004Psychiatry Resident SupervisorMcLean Hospital1 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

1999Cocaine Dependence: Can We Do Better Than “Just Say No”Grand Rounds
Department of Psychiatry, McLean HospitalNone
  
2001Real-World Uses of Atypical AntipsychoticsSingle presentation
Schizophrenia PreceptorshipBelmont, MANone
 
2002Preparing for the BoardsSingle presentation
Psychiatry Board Review CourseBostonNone
 
2002Social PhobiaSingle presentation
Social Phobia ConferenceBelmont, MANone
 
2004Borderline Personality DisorderSingle presentation
Pri-MedAnaheimHarvard Medical School
 
2004Psychiatric Diagnostic Interviewing for the Primary Care PhysicianSingle presentation
Pri-MedAnaheimHarvard Medical School
 
2005Psychiatric Diagnostic Interviewing for the Primary Care PhysicianSingle presentation
Pri-MedBostonHarvard Medical School
 
2006Bipolar Disorder in Primary CareSingle presentation
Pri-MedBostonHarvard Medical School
 
2009Supporting Your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender PatientsSingle presentation
Massachusetts Medical Society Annual MeetingWaltham, MAMassachusetts Medical Society
 
2015Psychopharmacologic and Non-Psychopharmacologic Treatments of SchizophreniaSingle Presentation
Chinese Society of PsychiatryNanjing, ChinaChinese Society of Psychiatry
 
2015Panel Discussant on SchizophreniaThree Panel Presentations
Chinese Society of Psychiatry Annual MeetingChengdu, ChinaChinese Society of Psychiatry
 
2016Psychopharmacologic Treatment of Depression and Anxiety DisordersSingle Presentation
Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction: Commonly Comorbid DisordersAbu Dhabi, UAENational Rehabilitation Centre (UAE) and McLean Hospital
 
2017Ketogenic Diet in PsychiatrySingle Presentation
International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research conferenceBethesda, MarylandInternational Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research
 
2017Borderline Personality DisorderSingle Presentation
Mental Health and Education 2017Cambridge, MAHarvard Medical School
 
2018Ketogenic Diet in MedicineSingle Presentation
Nutrition and Health Conference-2018Boston, MAUniversity of Arizona
 
2019Keto for the Brain: The Ketogenic Diet for Neurological and Psychiatric DisordersSingle Presentation
Low Carb USA ConferenceWest Palm Beach, FLLow Carb USA
   
2019Assessment and Psychopharmacological Treatment of Major Depression and Anxiety DisordersSingle Presentation
McLean Hospital Otsuka TrainingBelmont, MAHarvard Medical School
   
2018Ketogenic Diet in Medicine and PsychiatrySingle Presentation
McLean Hospital Grand RoundsBelmont, MAMcLean Hospital
  

Local Invited Presentations

Year(s) Title of presentation            Type of presentation

Department and Institution where presented Sponsor/Source of compensation

1998The Treatment of Bipolar DepressionPsychosomatic Conference
 Department of Psychiatry, MGHNone
2018Ketogenic Diet in Medicine and PsychiatrySingle Presentation
Grand RoundsBelmont, MAMcLean Hospital
2019Pychopharmacological Treatment of Depression and Anxiety DisordersSingle Presentation
Ostuka Pharmaceutical TrainingBelmont, MAMcLean 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

1998Current Issues in Medical Student EducationPanelist for symposium
 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, TorontoNone
1999To Tell or Not To Tell: The Impaired SupervisorPanelist for symposium
 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.None
2001Overview of the ABPN Part II ExaminationPlenary Talk
 Oral Board Review Course, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, New OrleansNone
2004From Response to Recovery: The Consumer/ Clinician Collaboration in Depression and PsychosisModerator of Symposium
 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, New YorkNone
2002Social PhobiaSingle presentation
Social Phobia ConferenceBelmont, MANone
 
2004Borderline Personality DisorderSingle presentation
Pri-MedAnaheimHarvard Medical School
 
2004Psychiatric Diagnostic Interviewing for the Primary Care PhysicianSingle presentation
Pri-MedAnaheimHarvard Medical School
 
2005Psychiatric Diagnostic Interviewing for the Primary Care PhysicianSingle presentation
Pri-MedBostonHarvard Medical School
 
2006Bipolar Disorder in Primary CareSingle presentation
Pri-MedBostonHarvard Medical School
 
2009Supporting Your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender PatientsSingle presentation
Massachusetts Medical Society Annual MeetingWaltham, MAMassachusetts Medical Society
 
 
2017Borderline Personality DisorderSingle Presentation
Mental Health and Education 2017Cambridge, MAHarvard Medical School
   
2018Ketogenic Diet in MedicineSingle Presentation
Nutrition and Health Conference-2018Boston, MAUniversity of Arizona
 
2019Keto for the Brain: The Ketogenic Diet in Neurological and Psychiatric DisordersSingle Presentation
Low Carb USAWest Palm Beach, FLLow Carb USA
 
2019Ketogenic Diet in PsychiatrySingle Presentation
Integrative Mental Health ConferenceSan Francisco, CAUniversity of Arizona
 

International

2015Psychopharmacologic and Non-Psychopharmacologic Treatments of SchizophreniaSingle Presentation
Chinese Society of PsychiatryNanjing, ChinaChinese Society of Psychiatry
 
2015Panel Discussant on SchizophreniaThree Panel Presentations
Chinese Society of Psychiatry Annual MeetingChengdu, ChinaChinese Society of Psychiatry
 
2016Psychopharmacologic Treatment of Depression and Anxiety DisordersSingle Presentation
Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction: Commonly Comorbid DisordersAbu Dhabi, UAENational Rehabilitation Centre (UAE) and McLean Hospital
 
2017Ketogenic Diet in PsychiatrySingle Presentation
International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research conferenceBethesda, MarylandInternational Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research
 
2018Ketogenic Diet in the Treatment of Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective DisorderSingle Presentation
6th Global Symposium on Ketogenic Therapies for Neurological Disorders (KETO 2018)Jeju, South KoreaUS National Institute of Health

Report of Clinical Activities and Innovations

Current Licensure and Certification

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

2000, 2011 Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Practice Activities

Private Practice of PsychiatryOutpatientMcLean Hospital8 hours per week
Ketogenic diet in psychiatryOutpatientMcLean HospitalOngoing 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

1992-1995Volunteer with Students Teaching AIDS to StudentsWashington University School of Medicine
 AIDS education to middle school students
1992-1994Volunteer with the Perinatal ProjectWashington University School of Medicine
 Provided education and guidance to lower income, pregnant women throughout the course of pregnancy
1999-2000Consultant to Support GroupManic 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

2009Dan Rea Show (WBZ)Expert on 2-hour radio call-in show
2015-2018Director and Moderator of Borderline Personality Disorder Family and Consumer Education WebinarsMcLean 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.
2016After All of This Treatment, Why Isn’t He/She Better? Treatment Resistant Borderline Personality DisorderMcLean Hospital
 Provided education and guidance to families and consumers affected by treatment resistant borderline personality disorder.
2018 – PresentPsychiatry Health BlogPsychology  Today
 Provided a regular blog with articles on mental health, psychiatry, and the relationship of psychiatric disorders with metabolic disorders
2019Online WebinarThe Ketogenic Diet in Medicine and Psychiatry
 Online webinar for lay public
2019Podcast on the Ketogenic Diet in PsychiatryMindful 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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