Associate Professor Director of Global Health Programs
Paula Healani Palmer is Associate Professor at the Claremont Graduate University, School of Community and Global Health. A clinical health and community psychologist by training, she completed her predoctoral internship at the Veterans Administration in Los Angeles. She began her research career at the University of Southern California as co-investigator of the Pacific Rim Transdisciplinary Tobacco and Alcohol Use Research Center, a transnational collaboration between U.S. researchers and Chinese public health leaders focusing on the environmental, social, and cultural determinants influencing tobacco and alcohol use behavior among adolescents. Related studies in China have included the role of rapid social, economic, and cultural change on a wide range of public health challenges, such as the rising rates of overweight/obesity and internal migration. Dr. Palmer’s current research focuses on the reduction of cancer health disparities among ethnically diverse and underrepresented populations. Through the NCI Community Network Programs, she and her team are developing and testing a smoking cessation program for young adult Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders utilizing a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach and communication technologies, including a Facebook app and cell phones. Dr. Palmer is also currently working on another study to develop and test educational materials that will inform Pacific Islander populations about biospecimen collection, biobanking, and genetic research.
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.