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Jenny Palmer

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Aging Research
Research Fellow in Medicine, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School

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.  She is also conducting research that examines the intersection of dementia, spiritual care, and palliative care.

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 has volunteered in leadership positions within the Gerontological Society of America’s Emerging Scholars and Professionals Organization