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.


Maria joined the clinic in April 2021 to work as Dr. Palmer’s assistant. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. She is a certified Medical Assistant, and completed a year-long internship at a fertility clinic. In addition to assisting Dr. Palmer, she works as a medical assistant at a hospital. She plans to attend medical school to further her experience in the health care field. 


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