Shelby Palmer, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of PsychologyDepartment of Psychology & Social Sciences

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Educational Background

B.S. – Pitzer College

M.S. – Organizational Behavior
California School of Professional Psychology

M.Ed. – Higher Education and Adult Learning
North Carolina State University

Ph.D. – Forensic Psychology
California School of Professional Psychology


Area(s) of Research

  • Mindfulness
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Program Assessment
  • Learning Through Graphic Novels
  • Volunteerism


Palmer, S. M. (2012) Postsecondary Correctional Education: recognizing and overcoming barriers to success. Adult Learning, 23(4), 163 – 169.

Sullivan, L. G. & Palmer, S. (2014). Preparing reflective community college leaders in a graduate leadership course. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 38(6), 512.


SAU Organizations

Honda Campus All Star Challenge


Community Involvement

  • Raleigh Jaycees
  • Cary Jaycees
  • Toastmasters
  • 4Paws and a Wakeup Dog Therapy
  • Teamworks Dog Training


Awards & Honors

Shaw University Faculty All-Star 2021
Shaw University All-Star 2019 & 2022
Shaw University Student Choice Faculty Impact 2021
Raleigh Jaycees Life Time Award
Raleigh Jaycees Rooster of the Year 2021
North Carolina Jaycees Economic Development 2018
National C. Willian Brownfield Memorial Award Excellence in Community Service
Jaycees National Master’s Speak-Up 1st Place 2016
Toastmasters Area 53 Impromptu Speaking Competition 1st place 2019


Favorite Quote

“I like nonsense, it wales up the brain cells” -Dr. Seuss