Joshua E. Palmer

Assistant Professor
Coordinator for the 2nd Degree Accelerated Program
Health & Community Systems


Dr. Palmer has presented and published on psychiatric topics across the lifespan including screening for adolescent vaping use, adolescent substance use, opioid use disorder treatments, neurobiological perspectives of mental illness, and methods to reduce medication use for behavioral disturbances in dementia. Today, he continues to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the treatment delivery of psychiatric and substance use treatment.  

Clinically, Dr. Palmer currently practices as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at P.K. Mullick and Associates, treating adult patients for general psychiatric conditions, substance use disorders, and severe persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia. Currently, Dr. Palmer’s clinical interest is using esketamine for treatment resistant depression.

In the past 15 years, Dr. Palmer has worked with individuals suffering from severe mental illness as a case manager, a service coordinator, and a psychiatric nurse. As a practicing nurse, Dr. Palmer worked as an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) nurse case manager who provided medical case management, outreach, and psychiatric treatment for individuals with serious persistent mental illness who have demonstrated a high service need such as multiple hospitalization, ER visits, or difficulty in maintaining stability in the community.

Dr. Palmer initially earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a focus on psychology in 2003. He completed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in 2017 and completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in 2020, all at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Palmer’s DNP project involved using research to evaluate effectiveness and outcomes of a buprenorphine (Suboxone) practice and made recommendations to improve the quality of care. 


Dr. Palmer teaches in the undergrad psychiatric nurse curriculum, as well as the graduate curriculum in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. His teaching interests include the neurobiology of psychiatric illness, pharmacological treatment of psychiatric illness, recovery model perspectives in severe persistent mental illness, and harm reduction and screening of substance use disorders.

Dr. Palmer’s current academic interest is in the discovery of new pathologies of depression and anxiety beyond the serotonin/monoamine hypothesis to treat depression resistant to typical antidepressants. 

Dr. Palmer current is the coordinator for the Advanced Bachelor in Science of Nursing program and the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. 


Dr. Palmer is active in several professional organizations, including American Psychiatric Nursing Association, Sigma Thera Tau Honor Society, and the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.