M. Theresa Palmer began teaching in the School of Social Work’s Winston-Salem Program in 2007 and joined the faculty full-time in 2009. She was named director of the program in July 2022. Palmer, a clinical associate professor, has also served as coordinator of Field Education in Winston-Salem. She is a licensed clinical social worker, licensed marriage and family therapist, and an approved supervisor by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Her teaching and research interests, as well as community service, focus on the areas of implicit bias and microaggression, effective pedagogy related to issues of diversity and disparity, child development and family systems, quality clinical supervision, interprofessional education, and environmental justice.
Theresa has earned both the Excellence in Advising MSW Students Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award during her time at the School. She has consistently earned an annual Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
She provides trainings across North Carolina for the Area Health Education Centers and other community partners and serves as Forsyth County Local Program Unit Co-Chair for NASW-NC.
Degrees and Licenses
MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, College of William & Mary
MSW Education, Winston-Salem Program
Licensed Clinical Social Worker - North Carolina
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist - North Carolina
Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Research and Professional Interests
Implicit Bias and Microaggression
Effective Pedagogy related to Diversity and Disparity
Child Development and Family Systems
Presentations, Workshops and Media
Palmer, M. T. (2019, April). Technology-Based Supervision. Clinical Addiction Series: Advancing Addiction Treatment, Behavioral Health Springboard University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC.
Palmer, M. T. (2019, April). Competencies of Clinical Supervision. Clinical Addiction Series: Advancing Addiction Treatment, Behavioral Health Springboard University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC.
Palmer, M. T., Dews, D. & Kanfer, M. (2018, November). Creative Strategies for Interprofessional Education with MSW and Nurse Practitioner Students. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Orlando. FL
Palmer, M. T. & Zuckerman, R. (2018, November). Promoting Preparation for Interprofessional Collaboration by Incorporating Neurodevelopmental Concepts in HBSE. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Orlando. FL.
Palmer, M. T. (2018, August). Microaggressions: The Big Impact of the ‘Little’ Things. Supervisors Training at Forsyth County Department of Social Services, Winston-Salem, NC.
Palmer, M. T. (2018, June). Cultivating the Supervisory Alliance: Strengths, Stressors, & Solutions. Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, Fayetteville, NC.
Confronting Oppression and Institutional Discrimination
Human Behavior in Context: Infancy to Adolescence
Generalist Field Seminar I
Generalist Field Seminar II