Kathleen Palmer

Assistant Professor of Counseling
Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Kathleen Palmer
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Reno Hall
Room: 238
Phone: 313-578-0468
Kathleen Palmer


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, University of South Florida
  • M.S. in Psychology, Madonna University


Kathleen Palmer has more than 18 years of experience working in the mental health field and specializes in late life transitions and adjustments, resilience and self-empowerment, and spiritual counseling. Palmer teaches courses in counseling theories, research methods and counseling skills. Prior to joining University of Detroit Mercy in 2015, she taught counselor education and educational psychology courses at University of South Florida while a doctoral student. Palmer’s research is focused on college students’ use of Internet-based mental health interventions, the role of generational differences in mental health counseling and spiritually modified cognitive behavioral therapy.   

Palmer received her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from University of South Florida and her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Madonna University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Michigan and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Florida. She has presented at both the state and national level on topics that include undergraduate college students’ attitudes about online versus face-to-face counseling, college students’ attitudes about Internet-based mental health interventions, and college students’ use of mental health-related cell phone apps.  She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, International Society for Mental Health Online, American College Counseling Association, and the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling. Palmer has also served as both a board member and state advisory committee member with the Foster Care Review Board in Michigan.


    Research Interests

    • College students’ use of Internet-based mental health interventions
    • Role of generational differences in mental health counseling
    • Spiritually modified cognitive behavioral interventions

    Recent Publications (last 5 years)

    Palmer, K. M. & Burrows, V. (2020).  Ethical and safety concerns regarding the use of mental health-related apps in counseling:  Considerations for counselors.  Journal of Technology and Behavioral Science, 1-14. doi: 10.1007/s41347-020-00160-9.

    Palmer, K.M. & Henderson, S.G. (2019). College students’ attitudes about mental health-related content in mobile apps. journal of technology in behavioral science. DOI: 10.1007/s41347-019-00102-0