Dr. Palmer assumed his position as founding director of the physical therapy program at the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on June 1, 2016. With 40 years of experience in physical therapy (PT), he has practiced at hospitals and outpatient centers in Texas, Georgia, and in the Middle East. He also taught in the School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences in Gaza. He served as a PT consultant in Beirut, Lebanon and was the PT for a semi-professional basketball team in Larnaca, Cyprus. While in Bethlehem (West Bank), Dr. Palmer developed a PT program that was implemented at Bethlehem University. He has also taught at the Medical College of Georgia, Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and the University of North Georgia.
Doctor of Philosophy (Higher Education), University of North Texas
Master of Arts (Religious Education), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Master of Health Education (Physical Therapy), Augusta University (previously MCG)
Bachelor of Science (Physical Therapy), University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston
Current research focuses on the role of rehabilitation in helping cancer survivors improve their quality of life. Other areas of interest include innovation in physical therapy education and regulation of professional licenses.
Outstanding Service Award, presented by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, 2015
President’s Award, presented by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, 2013
Outstanding Service Award, presented by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, 2010
Inducted into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, 2008
Recipient of the William Gould Memorial Faculty Award for the Outstanding Physical Therapist Educator in Texas. Awarded by the Texas Physical Therapy Association (2003)
Elected to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, 1998
Palmer PB, Wallace K, Moore KP, Harrison J, Clay D, Gill C. The efficacy of participation in a survivorship program on functional abilities and quality of life in cancer survivors: A descriptive, retrospective study. Accepted for publication in Rehabilitation Oncology, 33:1, 2015.
Palmer, PB, O’Connell DG. Regression analysis for prediction: Understanding the process. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, 20(3):23-26, 2009.
Cotton L, O'Connell D, Palmer P, Rutland M: Mismatch of school desks and chairs by ethnicity and grade level in middle school. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation, 18:269-280, 2002.
Palmer PB, Colburn C, Holland A, Ooten S, Robertson D. The effect of spatial ability on speed and accuracy of identifying anatomical structures. Combined Sections Meeting (APTA), Indianapolis, IN, 2015.
Palmer PB, Jackson T, Lin L, Musselwhite T, Pruitt G. The effect of spatial ability on accuracy of exercise performance. Combined Sections Meeting (APTA), Indianapolis, IN, 2015.
Palmer PB, Wallace K, Moore KP, Harrison J, Clay D, Gill C. The efficacy of participation in a survivorship program on functional abilities and quality of life in cancer survivors (poster). Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, Fall Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 2013; Combined Sections Meeting, APTA, Las Vegas, NV. February 2014.
Palmer PB. Student perceptions and effectiveness of team-based learning in anatomy (poster). Experimental Biology 2013 (annual meeting of the American Association of Anatomists), Boston, MA. April 2013
Palmer PB, Brown J, Kritikos S, Cook B, Brawner B, McTeer C. The effectiveness of two manual therapy techniques on first rib movement as assessed by ultrasound imaging: A pilot study (poster). American Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition, Tampa, FL. 2012
Rutland MD, Palmer P, Schofield L, Copeland T, Dudensing A. Recruitment of the internal oblique, transverse abdominis and lumbar multifidus during core strengthening exercises using rehabilitation ultrasound (poster). American Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition, Tampa, FL. 2012
Friberg RJ, Palmer P, Thurman S, Bradtmeuller B, McCracken P, Spurgin E. Effects of specific components of sitting posture on measures of biomechanical and neuromechanical function in individuals with cervical spine dysfunction (poster). American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA. 2011.
American Physical Therapy Association, Member
Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, Member
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, Associate Member