Geri2Geraldine (Geri) Palmer is a community psychologist with particular teaching and research interests in the intersection of community psychology and African American socio-cultural, political and economic concerns. She has over two decades of experience as a practitioner in human services, primarily in housing and homelessness.

In addition to teaching as an adjunct faculty member and consulting work, Geri is the Managing Director of Community Wellness Institute, LLC focused on:

  1. Driving evidence to inform academia and practice, specifically relative to better understanding culture, ethnicity and race
  2. Community strengthening, building, and healing
  3. Social and racial justice


Geri is the Past-Chair of Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Affairs (CERA) — Council of the Society for Community Research and Action/Division 27 of the American Psychological Association, working on two chapters in edited books including Racial Justice and Action Group’s book on decolonizing community psychology and an open-access community psychology textbook.


Ph.D. in Communty Psychology, National Louis University, Chicago, IL

M.S. in Human Services Administration, Spertus College, Chicago, IL

B.A. in Business Studies w/concentration in Marketing, Kendall College, Chicago, IL