Debbie Palmer

Professor of Psychology

Office: B303 Science Building
Phone: 715-346-3953


Ph.D. - University of Utah
M.A. - East Tennessee State University
B.S. - College of Charleston 


PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 200 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 260 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology
PSYC 315 - Psychology of Adolescence
PSYC 490 - Seminar: Pediatric Psychology 

Research Interests

My work focuses on parent-child relationships in adolescence and young adulthood in diverse contexts. At UWSP, Dr. Magyar and our respective student research team members have recently been exploring what may help explain college students’ willingness to participate in service-learning and ways that faculty members may potentially increase the number of students who choose to engage in these activities. As part of the ADAPT (Adolescents with Diabetes and Parents Together) research team based at the University of Utah, I help explore how adolescents and parents can best manage type 1 Diabetes. The theoretical foundation of all of my research is the Social-Contextual Model that emphasizes the interdependent nature of development across the lifespan.

I regularly supervise UWSP students for Psychology 399 course credit. These students participate in all phases of a research study, from planning to – usually - co-presenting results as fellow authors of a poster or paper at local, regional or national/international professional conferences. My students and I have been fortunate to always receive financial support from the administration of the COLS and UWSP in order to be able to travel to and present at these professional conferences.  

Students who are interested in joining my research group are always welcome to contact me. I typically do not supervise any more than 2 students in a semester and these positions are often filled well in advance. I am sometimes able to supervise students during summers. I usually require students to have successfully completed Psychology 200 and Psychology 300 (or the equivalencies) before joining my research group. I often supervise students for multiple semesters, but also sometimes for just a single semester. Please understand that I occasionally opt to not supervise any Psychology 399 research students during a semester so as to focus on writing, new course development, etc.

Recent Publications

Wiebe, D. J., Chow, C. M., Palmer, D. L., Butner, J., Osborn, P., & Berg, C. A. (in press). Developmental factors associated with parental responsibility and adherence to Type 1 Diabetes management across adolescence.

Palmer, D. L. (2012). Child development. In M. D. Gelman and J. R. Turner (Eds.), The encyclopedia of behavioral medicine [online]. Springer.

Berg, C. A., King, P. S., Butler, J. M., Pham, P., Palmer, D. L., & Wiebe, D. J. (2011). Parental involvement and adolescents’ diabetes management: The mediating role of self-efficacy and externalizing and internalizing behaviors. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36(3), 329-339.
Palmer, D. L., Osborn, P., King, P., Berg, C.A., Butler, J., Butner, J., Horton, D., & Wiebe, D. J. (2011). The structure of parental involvement and relations to disease management for youth with Type 1 Diabetes. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36(5), 596-605.