Bedford E. F. Palmer II, Ph.D.

Overview

Professional Overview: 
Dr. Palmer’s research interest involve multicultural psychology, social justice advocacy, Black male development, ally identity development, multicultural competence, training of psychologists, and psychology in social media. He is a licensed psychologist (PSY #28058) in the state of California. Dr. Palmer received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, Berkeley, Counseling & Psychological Services and was hired as senior staff member at the University of California, Davis, Student Health and Counseling Services, where he completed his post-doctoral hours and where he worked as the Coordinator of Services to Students of African Descent and of the Multicultural Immersion Program. Teaching and clinical interests are in professional ethics, supervision, conceptualization and treatment planning, community mental health, and multicultural competence development. Dr. Palmer has served on the board of directors for the Association of Black Psychologists, and as the Stated Diversity Delegate for the California Psychological Association.  He is also the president elect of the Alameda Psychological Association, and cohost of the Naming It podcast. Currently Dr. Palmer is an assistant professor in the counseling department at Saint Mary's College of California. 
 
Department: 
School of Education » Counseling Department
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Counseling Department
Kalmanovitz School of Education
Fillipi Academic Hall 240-14
Office Phone: (925) 631-4517

Curriculum Vitae: 

Education

Ph.D.              Southern Illinois University, Carbondale  

                       Major in Psychology, Area in Counseling Psychology (APA Accredited) Dissertation:  African Centered Worldview, in African Americans, as a Predictor of Positive Physical and Mental Health Outcomes, as Moderated by Acculturation Strategy.

Defended: April 2012 

Degree conferred: August 2012 

  

M.A.               California State University, Long Beach  

Major in Psychology, Area in Research Psychology  

Special emphasis: Cultural Psychology, Family Systems, Cognition

Thesis Title: African Centered Worldview as a Moderator of

Congruent Intergenerational Communication in African American Families.

Date received: December, 2006 

  

B.A.                University of California, Irvine 

Major in Anthropology,

Minor in African American Studies 

Special emphasis: Post-Colonial Africa. 

Date received: June, 2001 

Professional Experience

 

Licensed Psychologist - Private Practice

Oakland, CA

2016-Present

Provides psychotherapy to individuals dealing with mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, and trauma, as well as individuals suffering from psychological distress related to relationships, family, life and career transitions.  Also provides training and consultation to organizations on topics including leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and general worker wellbeing.

 

Counselor Faculty

San Francisco State University

November 2014 - Present

Provides psychological services (assessment, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling) for San Francisco State students on personal/social issues, educational concerns, career choice, and multicultural concerns.

 

Coordinator of Services to Students of African Descent & the Multicultural Immersion Program (MIP) 

University of California, Davis, Student Health and Counseling Services 

August 2011 – June 2014

 

Staff Psychologist: 

Provides psychological services (assessment, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling) for University of California, Davis students on personal/social issues, educational concerns, career choice, and multicultural concerns. Supports all UC Davis students, however focuses placed in the provision of services to students of African descent with an emphasis on working with male students of African descent.

 

Coordination of services to students of African descent: 

Works closely with campus units providing services to students of African descent and consults with faculty and staff who are seeking assistance in their work with students. Provides consultation to the African American and African Studies program, the African Continuum, the Black Student Union, the African American and African theme resident hall program staff, and the Linda Francis Alexander Scholars program (LFA) about psychological factors affecting Black student retention and well-being. Developed and facilitates an ongoing support group for male students of African descent (“What’s Going On?”). Designs and implements psychoeducational programming and outreach on a broad range of psychological issues, with a specific emphasis on services for male students of African descent. Provides supervision and training to CAPS' trainees in its APA accredited internship and APPIC member postdoctoral program. Consults with faculty and staff on issues relevant to student educational performance, emotional well-being, and psychological functioning. 

 

Coordination of Multicultural Immersion Program (MIP): 

Works in partnership with Sociology 30 series instructor in order to integrate course material and dialogue group facilitation. Coordinates clinical staff and trainees in the facilitation of small dialogue groups, which provide spaces for undergraduate students to integrate their personal experiences and identities with increased awareness of institutional oppression and personal biases. Provides supervision for Multicultural Immersion Program Predoctoral Intern. Supervises Postdoctoral Fellow in her coordination of the MIP Undergraduate Internship Program, as well as supervises Postdoctoral Fellow in her supervision of MIP Predoctoral Intern, assigned to Undergraduate Internship Program. 

 

Developed and Facilitated Multicultural Orientation Training: 

Provided six hour multicultural competence training component for six predoctoral interns during their orientation period. Training focused on providing a scaffold on which trainees would be able to begin an ongoing dialogue on building multicultural competence. This was accomplished through the defining of a common vocabulary based on multicultural psychological literature; exploration of power dynamics related to various identities and how those dynamics might change based on identity intersections; and processing personal reactions, as well as the ongoing dynamic of the group. An important focus was placed on the effect of multicultural training on trainee cohorts, in terms of their personal orientations, and how potential schisms can be avoided through the employment of basic empathy skills, and making an active choice not form cliques. 

  

Predoctoral Psychology Intern 

University of California, Berkeley, Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) 

Under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, provide counseling and psychotherapy, advice counseling, career counseling and interpretation of career assessments, for the diverse population of UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students (maintaining a caseload of 10 - 12 individuals or couples); co-leading workshops (e.g., CPS Service Provision to incoming first generation college students; Risk Assessment Training for Ethnic Studies graduate assistants and Student Heath Workers; Reducing Stigma in Mental Health for Black Student Advisory

Committee; critical incident debriefing for Black Studies department)  and cognitive behavioral skills groups; crisis assessment and intervention; providing ADHD assessment and screening; providing appropriate referrals to community mental health, Psychiatry, Social Services or Urgent/Primary Care units; community outreach and support; supervision of a third year masters level student; providing psychological consultation to campus community members; and participate in case consultation with CPS staff. Create treatment plans, progress notes, closing reports, case conceptualizations, and general case management. August 2010 – August 2011.  

              

Career Counselor 

Southern Illinois University, Pre-Major Advisement 

Worked with individual clients, mostly who identified as undecided/undeclared majors, and those who have been conditionally readmitted to the university, on career related treatment goals. Generated treatment plans, progress notes, intake reports, and closing notes. Prepared case presentations for clinical supervision. Administered various psychological assessments (e.g., Strong Interest Inventory, Discover- Career Interest/Values/Abilities battery, Skills Confidence Inventory) geared towards career exploration. Coordinated Career Exploration Program and developed workshops on Applying to Graduate School, Study Skills, Time Management, and Building Strong Mentorship Relationships. August 2009 – May 2010.  

 

Mental Health Counselor 

Adolescent Health Center, Carbondale, IL 

Provided no cost psychotherapy to individual clients, primarily from rural communities, who were part of underserved groups (i.e., low SES; African American; uninsured), ages 12-24 years old.  Prepared case presentations for clinical supervision. July 2009 – May 2010.  

  

Mental Health Counselor 

Adolescent Health Center, Terrier Care, Carbondale High School 

Provided no cost psychotherapy to individual clients, primarily from rural communities, who were part of underserved groups (i.e., low SES; African American; uninsured), ages 12-19 years old, attending middle and high school in Carbondale. Acted as advocate for student clients’ wellbeing in relation to conflicts with teachers, staff, administrators and peers. Provided crisis assessment and intervention, as needed.  Prepared case presentations for clinical supervision. August 2008 – May 2009.  

  

Mental Health Counselor 

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Counseling Center 

Worked with individual clients on therapeutic treatment goals, in order to reduce or extinguish emotional or psychological problems. Generate treatment plans, progress notes, diagnoses, and closing reports. Prepare case presentations for clinical supervision. August 2007 – May 2008.  

  

Career Counselor 

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale High School Career Path Outreach Worked with groups of high school students on career path exploration. Provided psychoeducational interventions and administer various psychological assessments, geared towards career exploration and educationally related coping skills. February 2007 – May 2007.  

 

Career Counselor 

Southern Illinois University, Career Development & Research Clinic 

Worked with individual clients on career related treatment goals. Generate treatment plans, treatment notes, intake reports, and closing notes. Prepare case presentations for clinical supervision. Administer various psychological assessments, geared towards career exploration. November 2006 – May 2009.  

 

Behavioral Specialist 

Connections, Adolescent Day Treatment Center, Long Beach, CA 

Monitored client behaviors and emotional states for the purposes of intervening to ensure physical and emotional safety and psychiatric symptom stabilization and management throughout the schedule and routine of the client day in order to meet psychiatric/mental health and educational goals. Worked closely with fellow clinical and educational staff to teach and coach clients on socialization and symptom management skills. Duties included; medication monitoring, case management, crisis intervention, management of assaultive behaviors, as well as the documentation of above services. October 2004 – January 2006. 

 

 

 

Courses Taught

Co-Facilitator, JAN 141: Black Lives Matter: Approaching an Emic View of Communities of African Descent
Counseling Department, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
Worked with Professor Scott Schönfeldt-Aultman and a committee of Saint Mary’s faculty and staff, in order to develop is a collaboratively designed, taught/facilitated, and graded course that attempts to address what is important for study, discussion, and exploration for and related to black/African-American community at Saint Mary’s. Topics covered included; living in the world as black, issues within black communities, activism, education & the academy, respectability politics, passing, shadism, campus strategizing, black psychology, the Black Lives Matter movement, racial profiling, police brutality, addressing minority battle fatigue and internalized oppression, confronting whiteness/structures, soliciting allies, lobbying resources.

COUN 252: Advanced Clinical Practice
Counseling Department, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
Provided an introduction to current trends in psychotherapy theory, research, and practice, with an emphasis on application. Summaries of psychotherapy research were reviewed to support building an informed integrative approach to counseling. Central topics included the therapeutic relationship, evidence-based practice, integrative approaches to psychotherapy, including Ken Wilber’s integral (holistic) model of psychology, mindfulness practices, and the inclusion of spiritual and religious issues in counseling (including an introduction to Eastern philosophies and religions, Indigenous and ethnic spiritual traditions, and Western monotheistic religions). Considerations for treatment included a review of case conceptualization, assessment, and treatment planning.

COUN 530: Counseling Field Placement Seminar
Counseling Department, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
Facilitated student development in terms of a) building a learning network and consultation skills with other colleagues in the class, b) developing analysis and discussion of specific therapy issues, c) increasing understanding of MFT/LPCC licensing requirements, d) enhancing skills related to working with particular client situations and specialized clinical areas. Time was devoted to case discussions by seminar attendees and topics of special interest to field placement seminar students.

COUN 233: Law, Ethics, & Values.
Counseling Department, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
Facilitated the investigation of legal, ethical, and values issues as they relate to counseling as a discipline. The course focused on teaching a process of ethical decision-making and increasing awareness of the complexities of the general practice of counseling.

COUN 234: Human Sexuality
Counseling Department, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
Provided a safe environment for students to acquire increased comfort and understanding of their own sexual attitudes, values, and beliefs, as well as those of others. Students increased their understanding of: (1) the biology and anatomy of human sexuality, (2) the cultural, sociological, psychological and ethical factors related to sexuality, and (3) how to encourage sexual health by helping to educate their clients and facilitating their clients to empower themselves.

COUN 239: Psychological Perspectives of Gender
Counseling Department, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
Provided an introduction to the psychology of gender, with an emphasis on the psycho-social effects of the "genderization" of women and men from a ecosystemic, multicultural, feminist perspective. History, theories, research and constructs regarding the personal-political implications of sexism and gender norms were examined. Non- sexist and gender-fair counseling approaches and research methods were delineated; attention was paid to gender-specific issues pertinent to mental health and well being.

COUN 522: Issues in Intercultural Counseling and Social Justice
Counseling Department, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
Facilitated building students’ awareness of privilege, power, and difference, and development of the necessary skills for working with diverse populations and advocating for a just society. This course aims to foster students’ understanding of the significance of intercultural relationships and the systems of privilege and their role in human psychological development as individuals, groups, and societies.

Sociocultural Basis of Behavior
Clinical Psy.D. Program, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Provided a review of both theories and techniques of understanding and utilizing principles of social psychology. The course focused on the implications of social psychology/social cognition for the practicing clinician with particular reference to multicultural issues and their relevance to mental health models and psychological practice. Special emphasis was placed on philosophical, cultural, economic, and sociopolitical elements that have influenced behavior change through history. We also examined the historical background of major social psychological theories that contribute to individual and group behavior.

Chemical Dependence and Addiction for Clinical Counseling
California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco, CA
Provided overview of counseling techniques in addictions and chemical dependency treatment within the context of individual, group, and family therapy, covering etiology, diagnosis, assessment, evaluation, and treatment planning. Cultural context, legal and ethical issues, advocacy, and community resources, was integrated throughout the course.

Professional, Legal, & Ethical Issues in Clinical Counseling
California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco, CA
Provided overview of critical professional issues, ethical and legal standards of counseling practice. Experiential and problem-based learning including personal and professional matters regarding general practice of counseling, related ethical and legal issues, professional communication, client-counselor relationships, and advocacy processes.

Personality Assessment
Clinical Psy.D. Program, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Provided an introduction to historical and contemporary trends in personality assessment. Students learned the administration and interpretation of objective tests that assess the personality and the social/emotional functioning of children, adolescents, and adults, such as MCMI, MMPI-2, MMPI-A. Content also included an overview of Big 5 personality theory and tests used to measure these dimensions. Emphasis was placed on the integration of cognitive, intellectual, and personality test data in presenting a comprehensive and culturally congruent assessment of individuals.

Community Mental Health: Concepts of Recovery, Wellness, Systems of Care, and Advocacy
Counseling Psychology Department, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Provided instruction focusing on building students’ understanding of the model of community mental health recovery and the skills in mental health practice. Students will participate in an experiential community mental health immersion activity, while being provided with a strength based framework for the provision of multiculturally competent, evidence based therapeutic interventions aimed at consumers of community mental health care.

Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology
Psychology Program, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Provided instruction on topics related to the disciplines of Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Modified course curriculum, in order to integrate multicultural themes and materials; including book chapters, current articles, guest speakers and general class discussion. Graded quizzes, reaction papers, and exams. Provided feedback and guidance to undergraduate students around course content, and assignment completion, as well as provided mentorship for students who struggled and/or were interested in exploring careers in psychology.

Service

Co-Chair, Black Lives Matter Subcommittee (CCIE), Saint Mary’s College, 2017-Present.

Member, 44 Days Honoring Black History Subcommittee [Black Lives Matter Subcommittee (CCIE)] 2017-2018

Member, Faculty Welfare Committee, 2017-Present.

Member, Taskforce Addressing Hiring of African American / Black Faculty, 2016-2017

Member, Counseling Department Committee on Cohort Development, 2015.

Member, Counseling Department Faculty Search Committee, 2015 & 2016.

President, Alameda County Psychological Association, 2018

President Elect, Alameda County Psychological Association, 2017

State Diversity Delegate, California Psychological Association, 2016-2017.

Local Advocacy Committee Chair, Alameda County Psychological Association, 2014-2016.

Presentations

Palmer, B. E. F. (August, 2017). What’s Going On? An African-centered safe space for Black men. Symposium presented as part of “Doing the Work: Bringing Marginalized Cultures and Communities to the Center,” at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Palmer, B. E. F. & Hill, L. (January 2017). “@NamingIt #StepYourSocialJusticeGameUp.” Roundtable presented at the 10th Biannual National Multicultural Conference & Summit, Portland, OR. 

Palmer, B. E. F.  & Sosa, G. A. (January 2017). “Disrupting Organizational Constraints: Making social justice interventions work.” Roundtable presented at the 10th Biannual National Multicultural Conference & Summit, Portland, OR. 

Connor, M. & Palmer, B. E. F. (August 2016). “Your Privilege Is Your Responsibility: Training White Allies.” Symposium presented at the Association of Black Psychologists Annual International Convention, Arlington, VA.

Palmer, B. E. F. & Chwalisz, K. (August, 2016). The Psychological Benefits of holding an African-Centered Worldview for African-American Adults. Symposium presented as part of “Being Healthy In Our Own Skins: Sometimes its more healthy not to assimilate,” at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Palmer, B. E. F. (July, 2016). Chair & Discussant: Mothers to all/Mothers for hire. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association, Division 45 Research Conference, Palo Alto, CA.

Palmer, B. E. F., Shah, S. (March, 2014). Training Multiculturally Competent Trainers. Symposium presented as part of “Beyond Domain D - Practical Realities and Strategies for Thriving Culturally Diverse Counseling Psychology Training Programs,” at the Division 17 Counseling Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Connor, M., Palmer, B. E. F., & Rentie, R. (March, 2014). Who Trains the Trainer: Integrating CBT and Interpersonal Techniques into a Multicultural Framework. Symposium presented at the Division 17 Counseling Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Connor, M., Jenkins-Monroe, V., Palmer, B. E. F., & Rentie, R. (July, 2012). Black Fathers: Issues and concerns. Symposium presented at the annual convention for the Association of Black Psychology. Los Angeles, CA

Obasi, E. M., Mrnak, J., Bryant, C. H., Palmer, B. E. F, & Welch, S., (August, 2008). Race, Alcohol, and Weapons: Exploration of Implicit Cognitions: Poster presentation presented at the annual convention for the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.  

Caldwell, T., Palmer, B. E. F., Henderson, V., Roberts, J., & Bryant, C. H. (August, 2008). Being Basic Brothers and Sisters: A Historical Perspective on Engaging in the Black Community. Poster presentation presented at the annual convention for the Association of Black Psychologists.    

Palmer, B. E. F., (April, 2008). How to balance the demands of education, training, and leadership: The plight of student activist. Part of student panel at the 5th Annual National Black Counseling Psychologists Conference. Howard University. Washington, DC. 

Palmer, B. E. F. (March, 2008). African centered worldview as a predictor of high self-esteem. Poster presentation presented at the 2008 International Counseling Psychology Conference. Chicago, IL. 

Obasi, E. M., Mrnak, J., Chavez, N., & Palmer, B. E. F., & Briggs, N. (January, 2007). The impact of acculturation on alcohol use and health for people of African descent. Poster presentation presented at the 2007 National Multicultural Conference and Summit. Seattle, WA. 

Pickren, W. E., Tewari, N., White, J. L., & Palmer, B. E. F. (August, 2006). Reflections on the “Freedom Train” and personal experiences, with Dr. Robert Guthrie. In S. J. Henderson  (Co’ Chair), and M. E. Connor (Co’ Chair), How Robert Guthrie’s Life and Work Inspire Young People of Color. Symposium discussed at the annual convention for the American Psychological Association. New Orleans, LA. 

 

 

Publications

Palmer, B. E. F. (2016, January 1). Men’s Intersectional Relationship to Male Privilege: Ending #MeToo experiences starts with men being more aware of their privilege. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/who-we-ought-be/201801/men-s-intersectional-relationship-male-privilege

Palmer, B. E. F. (2016, June 1). ROOTS: It Was Never About Slavery. Human Development Project. Retrieved from https://hdp.press/roots-what-it-meant-to-me-as-a-black-boy-687296afd0a3

Palmer, B. E. F. (2016, May 2). Sipping From Her Cup: A Black Man’s Appreciation of ‘Lemonade’. Human Development Project. Retrieved from https://hdp.press/sipping-from-her-cup-1828bd9a72a7

Palmer, B. E. F. (2016, January 23). White Privilege II: Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? Human Development Project. Retrieved from https://hdp.press/white-privilege-ii-who-do-you-think-you-re-talking-to-c272c435c953

Palmer, B. E. F. (2011). Man-to-Boy Becoming Man-to-Man: A Son’s Perspective. In M. E. Connor, J. L. White (Eds.), Black fathers: An invisible presence in America (2nd ed.) (pp. 129-141). Routledge Academic. 

Active Research Projects

The Akoben Research Laboratory (ARL) will be focused on addressing practical social justice issues using culturally grounded quantitative and qualitative research. Our mission will be to provide the empirical support that social activists need in order to develop informed community advocacy. Members of the ARL will promote social justice and respect for all people through the exploration of relationships between social justice, multiculturalism and psychology.

Dr. Bedford Palmer invites interested graduate and undergraduate students to join him in building a program of research that will focus on issues of cultural worldview, multicultural psychology, social justice advocacy, intersectional identity development, ally identity development, and multicultural competence. Working collaboratively, we will design and implement research studies, which we will develop into professional poster presentations, symposia, and published manuscripts.

This is a great opportunity for those interested in obtaining research experience that can translate into a more marketable resume and/or becoming a more competitive candidate for masters and doctoral level graduate education. 

Honors, Awards & Grants

Honors: 

Invited Keynote Address (Best In Practice) – American Psychological Association, Society of Counseling Psychology, 2018.

Featured SCP Early Career Professional – Society of Counseling Psychology, Dec. 2016.

Nominated: Staff Member of the Year – UC Davis Black Community, 2013-2014

Nominated: Staff Member of the Year – UC Davis Black Community, 2012-2013.  

Most Outstanding Organization President - Dean of Students, UC Irvine, 2001.

Awards: 

Dean Thomas Earl Brown Faculty Award – SMC Intercultural Center, Black Graduate Celebration 2017.

Engaged Faculty Award – SMC Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA), 2017.

Student Service Award - Association of Black Psychologists, 2008-2009.  

Grants: 

Dr. James E. Walker Presidential Fellowship - SIU Carbondale, 2007-2008.   

Sally Casanova California Pre Doctoral Scholar - Cal State University, 2005-2006.  

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 

Cultural Competence, Social Justice, Multicultural & Culturally Specific Psychology, African-centered / Black Psychology, working with men of African descent, first generation & low income college student retention, Cognitive Behavioral Psychology, Interpersonal Psychology, worldview, acculturation, Black families and fathers, career counseling, community building, mindfulness, health and wellness, leadership and professional development, anxiety, depression, and stress management.