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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.  undefined
  • Other publications reflect her ongoing work in animal-assisted therapy and resiliency.undefined
  • Also interested in GLBT issues.undefined
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Service Interests/Activities
  • Served on the board of Topeka Center for Peace and Justiceundefined
  • Social Work Advisory Committee to Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Boardundefined
  • Currently is on the Editorial Board for the Journal on Child Sexual Abuse  undefined
  • Dr. Palmer and her standard poodle, Gracie, are a nationally registered Pet Partner team (Delta Society) visiting health care facilities in the greater Topeka areaundefined
  • Loves doing watercolors, walking and bird watching in nature, and yogaundefined
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Career Accomplishments
  • Served twice as Chair, Department of Social Workundefined
  • Served twice as BSW Director, Department of Social Workundefined
  • 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 countriesundefined
  • Developed/taught (1987) the first clinical practice course addressing survivors of traumaundefined
  • Developed and taught the first course on complementary healing practicesundefined
  • Served as the first Family Services Specialist for the State of Kansas (formerly SRS)undefined
  • Was a founding member of the Joint Center on Violence and Victims Studiesundefined
  • Taught many summers for the National Victims Assistance Academy Instituteundefined
  • Was one of the founding faculty of the new MSW Program (1995) at Washburnundefined
  • Received in 2002 the Herrick Award for Outstanding Service - Washburn Universityundefined
  • Received in 2013 the Ned N. Fleming Award for Excellence in Teaching - Washburn Universityundefined
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