Sherri Addis Palmer

Sherri Addis Palmer

Advisory Board at The Center of Gender Development and Studies

Dr. Sherri Addis Palmer, professor of psychology, has been on the faculty at Truman State University since 1992. Her doctorate in developmental psychology is from the University of California-Riverside. She earned a bachelor's in psychology, summa cum laude, from San Diego State University. Her teaching interests include Child Development, Queer Psychology, Attachment Theory, and research methods. She has been working for campus and community awareness of human rights and equality for the past decade, and is the long-time academic advisor to the Truman LGBTQ Pride Alliance: Prism. Beginning the fall of 2017, she became the advisor to the newest group on campus: TruTrans, transgender support group.

Some of Dr. Palmer’s other involvement in the LGBTQ+ community includes: founding president of PFLAG of Northeast Missouri, running the blog PFLAGmom with over 60,000 followers, in-service presentations on sexual orientation and gender identity for local mental health organizations (e.g., Great Circle) and campus groups (e.g., the Truman State admissions office, Truman Residential Life advisors). In 2014, she contributed to, and edited, the chapter on Transgender Children for the book This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids (Owens-Reed & Russo). She also served as reviewer for LGBTQ Psychology (Oxford Press). She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, PFLAG, TransAllys, and Division 44 (sexual orientation and gender diversity) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Since 2016, Dr. Palmer has served as International Advisor for the Center for Gender and Development Studies at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani.