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Geraldine (Geri) L. Palmer, PhD


Adjunct Instructor

Programs/Classes Taught:

  • BS in Health and Human Services
  • MS in Health and Human Services 

Introduction to Human Services, Health and Human Services in the U.S., The Administrator in Health and Human Services, Social Policy Development in Health and Human Services and Leadership and Ethnics in Health and Human Services


  • PsyD. in Clinical Psychology

Community Psychology, Social Psychology and Diversity and Individual Differences

Areas of Expertise:

  • Intersection of community psychology, human services and African American socio-economic and political concerns
  • Human services; nonprofit management/public leadership
  • Housing and homelessness services


Geri Palmer, P.D. is a community psychologist, educator, and community consultant, advocate and activist. She is committed to creating college and university learning environments, whether on-ground or online, where students not only excel in their respective studies, but also flourish as actors working toward actualizing a world where social and racial justice is the norm. In addition to teaching at NLU, she also teaches social psychology and community psychology at Adler University in the PsyD Clinical Psychology program. Geri has served as a community practitioner in human services/nonprofit organizations for over two decades and currently consults with various organizations and groups on organizational development, including philanthropy strategies, among other areas.


Ph.D. in Communty Psychology, National Louis University, Chicago, IL

M.S. in Human Services Administration, Spertus College, Chicago, IL

B.A. in Business Studies w/concentration in Marketing, Kendall College, Chicago, IL

Research and Interests:

Research and action interests fall under a wide umbrella of social and racial justice linked through the intersection of community psychology, human services and African American socio-economic and political concerns. She is the current Chair of Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Affairs (CERA) -- Council of the Society for Community Research and Action/Division 27 of the American Psychological Association and Co-founder of the Center for Educational Opportunities for Descendants of the African Diaspora (CEODAD). Through the Center, she is set to research the implications of historical trauma relative to African Americans in the fall of 2018. Other work include writing two chapters in edited books including Racial Justice Action Group’s book on coloniality and deconiality, and working on her own book with a colleague.

Selected publications:

Palmer, G. (2018). Implications of manifestations of coloniality: Defining our own identifies and telling our own stories as African Americans. In Racial Justice Action Group (Eds.) Critical Consciousness, Decolonization and Praxis. In progress.

Palmer, G. & Watkins, K. (2018, January). Diversity isn’t equality: Advancing social justice for people of color. Paper presented at Adler University Retreat, Chicago, IL

Palmer, G., (2017). Navigating the road to higher education jobs. Chapter in, J.J..Viola, & Olya Glantsman., (Eds.) Diverse career opportunities in community psychology: What you can do and how to prepare. Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) Book Series, USA: Oxford University Press.

Palmer, G. (2016). Examining the effects of scattered site supportive housing on the social and economic integration of men who were formerly homeless and primarily Black/African American. Journal of Black Studies, DOI: 10.1177/0021934716653351

Contact Information:

Geraldine L. Palmer, Ph.D.
Adjunct Instructor
Phone: (773) 716-4960
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