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Dr. Kalani PalmerAssistant Professor

Office: Ackerman Hall, Room 114A

Office Phone: (724) 357-7977



Bachelor of Art in Art/Art Education – Carlow College 

Master of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology – University of Pittsburgh 

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Developmental Psychology – University of Pittsburgh

Areas of Interests:

Family Culture, African American or Black Families, Socioeconomic Status, Out-of-School Time influences on Academic Achievement, Program Evaluation

Biography/Professional Experience: 

Dr. Kalani Palmer, a graduate of Carlow College and the University of Pittsburgh, is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Environmental Studies. Dr. Palmer’s primary area of research focuses on the role of family culture and parent involvement in supporting academic achievement. Dr. Palmer is an applied researcher and evaluator with experience in clinical settings and urban school districts, as well as nonprofit youth- and family-serving organizations.  

Courses Taught: 

  • CDFR 218 Child Development
  • CDFR 321 Preschool Education: Play and Developmentally Appropriate Practices  
  • CDFR 425 Adolescence: Risk and Resiliency

  • Human Development and Environmental Studies Department
  • Ackerman Hall, Room 207
    911 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2336
  • Fax: 724-357-5941
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.