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Nan Palmer

Professor, Social Work
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
The University of Kansas, Master of Social Work
The University of Kansas, Doctor of Philosophy
  • SW 353 A, Macro Social Work Practice II
  • SW 390 D, Contemp Iss in Social Work
Scholarly Interests/Activities
  • Authored or co-authored articles on human rights such as Redefining Families:  Kinship Groups That Deserve Benefits, Mississippi Law Journal; The Essential Role of Social Work in Addressing Victims of Human Trafficking, ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law; Women Enslaving Women, USC Law Review of Law and Social Justice. 
  • Other publications reflect her ongoing work in animal-assisted therapy and resiliency.
  • Also interested in GLBT issues.
Service Interests/Activities
  • Served on the board of Topeka Center for Peace and Justice
  • Social Work Advisory Committee to Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
  • Currently is on the Editorial Board for the Journal on Child Sexual Abuse 
  • Dr. Palmer and her standard poodle, Gracie, are a nationally registered Pet Partner team (Delta Society) visiting health care facilities in the greater Topeka area
  • Loves doing watercolors, walking and bird watching in nature, and yoga
Career Accomplishments
  • Served twice as Chair, Department of Social Work
  • Served twice as BSW Director, Department of Social Work
  • Dr. Palmer's innovative work on resiliency in adult children of alcoholics (development of the Differential Resiliency Model) continues to be in demand from other countries
  • Developed/taught (1987) the first clinical practice course addressing survivors of trauma
  • Developed and taught the first course on complementary healing practices
  • Served as the first Family Services Specialist for the State of Kansas (formerly SRS)
  • Was a founding member of the Joint Center on Violence and Victims Studies
  • Taught many summers for the National Victims Assistance Academy Institute
  • Was one of the founding faculty of the new MSW Program (1995) at Washburn
  • Received in 2002 the Herrick Award for Outstanding Service - Washburn University
  • Received in 2013 the Ned N. Fleming Award for Excellence in Teaching - Washburn University