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 

(*) Courses being taught in Spring 2019

Office Hours for Spring 2019

In Person Traditional Office Hours:
Wednesdays, 12:45-1:45 pm
Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm

Virtual Office Hours for Online Students Only:
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm (must contact and RSVP at least 24 hours in advance)

Research Interests

My work focuses on parent-child relationships in adolescence and young adulthood in diverse contexts. At UWSP, I have studied topics such as parental involvement in college academics of their adult children, how connected and engaged college students perceive themselves to be with members of campus, and college students' decisions about service-learning participation. As part of the ADAPT (Adolescents with Diabetes and Parents Together) research team based at the University of Utah, I help explore how adolescents, young adults and their 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 often 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.   

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.

I currently do not have any openings for my research lab group, but please get in contact about future openings. 

Recent Publications

Palmer, D.L. (2018).  Child development. In M.D. Gellman & J.R. Turner (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine (2nd Edition) [online].  Springer.

Berg, C.A., Butner, J., Wiebe, D.J., Hughes Lansing, A., Osborn, P., King, P.S., Palmer, D.L., & Butler, J.M. (2017). Developmental model of parent-child coordination for self-regulation across childhood and into emerging adulthood:  Type 1 diabetes management as an example.  Developmental Review, 46, 1-26.  

Wiebe, D.J., Chow, C.M., Palmer, D.L., Butner, J., Osborn, P., & Berg, C.A. (2014). Developmental factors associated with longitudinal declines in parental responsibility and adherence to type 1 Diabetes management across adolescence. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39(5), 532-541