Dr. Jenny Palmer is a post-doctoral research fellow supported by a National Institute of Aging T32 grant from the Harvard Translational Research in Aging Training Program.
Dr. Palmer’s current research assesses the implementation of an advance care planning video education program in two large U.S. nursing home systems. This work’s aims include: 1) quantitatively describing adherence to the ACP video program and associated facility factors; 2) qualitatively describing the experience of the ACP video program implementation champions; and 3) employing mixed methods to understand differential patterns of varying facilities’ implementation experience both cross-sectionally and longitudinally.
Dr. Palmer conducted her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Yale University, her master’s studies in Speech-Language Pathology at Boston University, and her doctoral studies in Health Services Research at Boston University.
After her clinical fellowship in a skilled nursing facility, she worked as a clinical speech-language pathologist on the Stroke Unit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She then served as a Research Associate at Tufts Medical Center’s Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies. Most recently, she served as Project Director at the Bedford, MA Veterans Administration Medical Center for a study that developed observational tools to promote nursing home residents’ quality of life; these tools are now being adopted for use across the VA’s nursing homes nationally. Dr. Palmer actively volunteers in leadership positions within the Gerontological Society of America’s Emerging Scholars and Professionals Organization.