About Dr. Palmer

I graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson for medical school (MD), with distinction in commitment to underserved populations.

In psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Diego, I trained under some of the best psychiatrists in the country. In my last year of training, I ranked #1 of 58 residents by exam scores measuring expertise in clinical psychiatry and neurology.

I have extensive experience working with active-duty military and military veterans. I deployed to Iraq for 1 year as a private contractor for the US Army and US Marine Corps. I have worked at the VA, helping military veterans with mental health issues such as PTSD. I’m a staff physician with Aurora Behavioral Healthcare San Diego, where I help active duty military patients struggling with mood problems and substance abuse.

I completed a 1 year internship in Peripartum and Women’s Mental Health at UCSD. I specialize in mental health disorders which occur in the peripartum period, and I can answer questions about psychiatric medication during pregnancy and lactation.

I completed a 1 year internship in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder at UCSD. I specialize in pharmacotherapy of OCD, and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) psychotherapy for OCD.

I also have advanced training in Psychodynamic psychotherapy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I am a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

I am licensed to practice medicine by the State of California.

I am a member in good standing of the American Psychiatric Association, the San Diego Psychiatric Society, the American Medical Association, and the Neuroscience Education Institute.

I’m also trained as an engineer, and one of my research projects is in the use of artificial intelligence to aid the generation of medical documentation.

Katie Brandi, MA

Katie joined the clinic in April 2023 as Dr. Palmer’s assistant. Katie is a highly educated professional, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Solidarity and Social Justice earned from Gonzaga University and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology earned from San Diego State University. During her academic journey, Katie acquired advanced knowledge and refined her analytical skills, allowing them to contribute to urban and health inequalities research. In addition to working as Dr. Palmer’s assistant, Katie is excited to continue social science, health, and urban research.  


With an uncertain lineage but a surplus of heart, Gordon emigrated from the streets of Tijuana to take a position as clinic mascot. His skills and talents include eating, napping, playing, and taking Dr. Palmer’s shoes.


My patients rated me 4.8/5.0 on ZocDoc.com, and 4.8/5.0 on Google.

“Dr Palmer is a great doctor. He communicates well and seems to have genuine compassion for his patient. My life is better as a direct result of Dr Palmer’s care.” – MM

“Exceptionally professional, prepared, and timely. An outstanding doctor!” – JR

“Dr. Palmer has been great so far. Very kind and a great listener. We have already recommended him.” – AJ

“Dr. Palmer was timely, genuinely interested and thoughtful. It was my first visit and I was immediately at ease. Highly recommended.” – BG

“Thorough, honest and compassionate. Took time to respond to my questions. I’m very comfortable with Dr. Palmer.” – BG

“Dr. Palmer is very professional and caring. My first session, the doctor was more helpful then other psychiatrist I have been to. If you want good care, respect, getting back to things you love, please see Dr. Ross Palmer. The very best!” – GK