Associate Professor Director of Global Health Programs
Paula Healani Palmer, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Director of Global Health Programs. Her research and teaching focus on health promotion and research capacity building in California and developing nations, primarily China and South Asian countries. Her current funded research projects include, the CGU-USC Pacific Rim Transdisciplinary Tobacco and Alcohol Use Research Center, which focuses on preventing tobacco use and alcohol abuse among youth in China; the China Seven Cities Study, a longitudinal study of transition in lifestyles and health-related behaviors in the era of globalization in seven of China’s largest urban areas; an investigation of HIV risk and substance use behavior among rural to urban Chinese migrants, and a longitudinal study of recovery among tsunami victims in India and Sri Lanka. She is also co-director of the Fogarty International Center – Pacific Rim Global Health Framework program, which brings together 22 academic and public health institutions from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, and China to develop joint research and training programs that address chronic, non-communicable disease to increase awareness of key global health issues. A clinical health and community psychologist by training, Dr. Palmer also serves as research coordinator of Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training (WINCART), a National Cancer Institute funded community participatory grant to reduce cancer health disparities among Pacific Islanders in Southern California. She received her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the California School of Psychology. Her work focuses on the impact of cultural influences on health beliefs and practices. Other research interests include developing community and school-based approaches to smoking prevention and studying maternal and child health issues in ethnic minority groups.
California School of Professional Psychology, Ph.D, 1996
Peer reviewed articles (18 of 71 peer reviewed papers)
Hunt, C.E., Corwin, M.J., Baird, T., Tinsley, L.R., Palmer, P., Ramanathan, R., Crowell, D.H., Schaffer, S., Martin, R., Hufford, D., Peucker, M., Weese-Mayer, D.E., Silvestri, J.M., Neuman, M.R., Cantey-Kiser, J., & the Collaborative Home Infant Monitoring Evaluation. (2004). Cardiorespiratory events detected by home memory monitoring and one-year neurodevelopmental outcome. J Pediatr, 145(4), 465-471.
Silvestri, J.M., Lister, G., Corwin, M.J., Smok-Pearsall, S.M., Baird, T.M., Crowell, D.H., Cantey-Kiser, J., Hunt, C.E., Tinsley, L., Palmer, P.H., Mendenhall, R.S., Hoppenbrouwers, T.T., Neuman, M.R., Weese-Mayer, D.E., Willinger, M. Collaborative Home Infant Monitoring Evaluation Study Group. (2005). Factors that influence use of a home cardiorespiratory monitor for infants: the collaborative home infant monitoring evaluation.
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 159(1), 18-24.
Johnson, C.A., Palmer, P.H., Chou, C.P., Pang, Z., Zhou, D., Dong, L., Xiang, H., Yang, P., Xu, H., Wang, Z., Fu, X., Guo, Q., Sun, P., Ma, H., Gallaher, P., Xie, B., Lee, L., Fang, T., & Unger, J.B. (2006). Tobacco use among youth and adults in mainland China: The China Seven Cities Study. Public Health, 120(12), 1156-1169.
Johnson, C.A., Xie, B., Liu, C., Reynolds, K.D., Chou, C-P., Koprowski, C., Gallaher, P., Spruijt-Metz, Guo, Q., Sun, P., Gong, J., & Palmer, P. (2007). Socio-demographic and cultural comparison of overweight and obesity risk and prevalence in adolescents in Southern California and Wuhan, China. J Adolesc Health, 39(6), 925.
Tanjasiri SP, Tran J, Palmer PH, Foo MA, Hanneman M, Lee C, Sablan-Santos L, Sripipatana A. (2007). Developing a Community-Based Collaboration to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities among Pacific Islanders in California. Pacific Health Dialog, 14(1): 119-127.
Xie B, Palmer PH, Pang Z, Sun P, Duan H, Johnson CA. (2010). Environmental tobacco use and indicators of metabolic syndrome in Chinese adults. Nicotine Tob Res. Mar; 12(3):198-206.
Tanjasiri, S. P., Tran, J. H., Palmer, P. H., Valente, T. W. (2007). Network analysis of an organizational collaboration for Pacific Islander cancer control. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 18(4 Suppl):184-96.
Valente T, Fujimoto, K, Palmer, P, Tanjasiri, SP. (2010). A Network Assessment of Community-Based Participatory Research: Linking Communities and Universities to Reduce Cancer Disparities. Am J Public Health, 100:1319-1325.
Palmer PH, Xie B, Lee L, Hemingway B, Chou CP, Johnson CA. (2011). The China Seven Cities Study (CSCS) Consortium: Adapting evidence based prevention science from west to east. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research. Volume 1, Issue 2 283-288.
Xiao, L, Bechara, A, Palmer, PH, Trinidad, DR, Wei, Y, Jia, Y, & Johnson, CA. (2011). Parent-child engagement in decision making and the development of adolescent affective decision capacity and binge drinking. Pers Individ Dif. 2011 Aug 1;51(3):285-292.
Palmer PH, Lee C, Sablan-Santos L, Lepule JT, Pang VK, Tui'one V, Schmidt-Vaivao D, Sabado MD, Sur R, Tanjasiri SP. (2013). Eliminating tobacco disparities among native Hawaiian pacific islanders through policy change; the role of community-based organizations. Health Promot Pract. 14(5 Suppl):36S-9S. doi: 10.1177/1524839913486150.
Yi S, Poudel KC, Yasuoka J, Yi S, Palmer PH, Jimba M. (2013). Exposure to violence in relation to depressive symptoms among male and female adolescent students in Cambodia. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 48(3):397-405. doi: 10.1007/s00127-012-0553-2. PMID: 22820619
Poudel-Tandukar K, Poudel KC, Jimba M, Kobayashi J, Johnson CA, Palmer PH. (2013). Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and C-reactive protein in persons with Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses.
Gruder CL, Trinidad DR, Palmer PH, Xie B, Li L, Johnson CA. (2013). Tobacco Smoking, Quitting, and Relapsing Among Adult Males in Mainland China: The China Seven Cities Study. Nicotine Tob Res. 15(1):223-30. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nts116. PMID: 22581939
Liyanage IK, Wickramasinghe K, Ratnayake HE, Palmer P, Matthews DR, Katulanda P. (2013). Use of illicit substances among schoolchildren in Colombo district, Sri Lanka. Subst Abus.Apr-Jun:34(2):137-42. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2012.726961. PMID: 23577907
Xie B, Palmer P, Li Y, Lin C, Johnson CA. (2013). Developmental Trajectories of Cigarette Use and Associations with Multilayered Risk Factors among Chinese Adolescents. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Mar 22. PMID: 23525597
Kwan, P., Briand, G., Lee, C., Lepule, J., Pang, J., Peters, R., Sabado, M., Santos, L., Tanjasiri, S., Tui’one, V., Etimanti, V., and Palmer, P. (2014). Use of a community based participatory research approach to assess knowledge, attitudes and beliefs on biospecimen research among Pacific Islanders. Health Promot Pract. 2014 May;15(3):422-30. doi: 10.1177/1524839913516464.
Poudel KC, Palmer PH, Jimba M, Mizoue T, Kobayashi J, Poudel-Tandukar K. (2014). Co-infection of hepatitis C virus among HIV-positive people in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, 00(0) 1-7.DOI: 10.1177/2325957413500989
Palmer, PH. (2014). Pacific Islanders Health and Disease: An Overview. In R. Huff, M. Kline, & D.V. Peterson (Eds). Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations, 3rd Edition, (pp. 333-359). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Palmer, PH. (2014). Improving Pacific Islander Health through Community Participation: A Case Study. In R. Huff, M. Kline, & D.V. Peterson (Eds). Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations, 3rd Edition, (pp. 425-434). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.