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 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 and the San Diego Psychiatric Society.


My patients rated me 4.8/5.0 on ZocDoc.com.

“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