Brooke Palmer is a graduate student in the Health Psychology Doctoral Program at UNCC focusing on clinical psychology. She is combining her experience with Spanish to study health behaviors in Latinas and how to culturally adapt treatments in order to make them more accessible to diverse populations. Brooke studied Psychology and Spanish at the University of Iowa and then lived abroad in Santiago, Chile for 18 months teaching English. She is passionate about understanding the nuances of cultural differences of mental and physical health. She continued her studies at Florida Atlantic University, completing a Master’s degree in Spanish.
After moving to Charlotte in 2013, Brooke has expanded her interests in diversity and health and focused her attention on her PhD studies. She works with various topics along with cultural differences in mental health such as equity and access to healthcare and women’s health issues. She also has experience providing psychological services at the UNCC Counseling Center and the VA Hospital in Salisbury. She currently serves as the research communications coordinator for the Women + Girl’s Research Alliance at UNCC as a liaison between researchers as community organizations focusing on women and girls’ needs. Her work with the W+GRA targets individuals and organizations with a special emphasis on using data to tell their stories.