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Shaping the Future

Christina Palmer, C.G.C., Ph.D.

Contact Information:

Office Phone Number:

(310) 794-4796

Work Address:

Office
UCLA-NPI
760 Westwood Plaza
Room 47-422
Los Angeles, CA 90095
UNITED STATES

Email Address:

cpalmer@mednet.ucla.edu

Professor In-Residence, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Human Genetics

Member, ACCESS Program

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Faculty, Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics


Detailed Biography:

Christina Palmer is a geneticist who has been a UCLA faculty member since she joined the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics and Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences in 1999. She became Associate Professor in 2005. Dr. Palmer holds joint appointments in the Department of Human Genetics and in the UCLA Center for Society & Genetics. She is also a faculty member of the UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics Training Program. Dr. Palmer earned her B.A. in Biology and Spanish at Indiana University, M.S. in Genetic Counseling at Sarah Lawrence College, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (emphasis on Decision Sciences) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences where she worked on psychiatric genetics. She is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics as a Ph.D. Medical Geneticist and by the American Board of Genetic Counseling as a Genetic Counselor. Dr. Palmer specializes in genetic counseling for deafness, and for psychiatric conditions. She is actively involved in undergraduate, graduate, and medical education. She is a recipient of the Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship from the National Society of Genetic Counselors for her work on methods for evaluating genetic counseling. Her research centers on genetics of complex behaviors and the educational, psychological, and behavioral outcomes of genetic counseling and genetic testing. Dr. Palmer is presently facilitating a collaboration of disciplines including genetics, deaf studies, audiology, psychology, and statistics to examine the individual and societal impact of genetic testing for deafness.

Publications:

Baldwin Erin E, Boudreault Patrick, Fox Michelle, Sinsheimer Janet S, Palmer Christina G S   Effect of pre-test genetic counseling for deaf adults on knowledge of genetic testing Journal of genetic counseling, 2012; 21(2): 256-72.
Childs Erica J, Sobel Eric M, Palmer Christina G S, Sinsheimer Janet S   Detection of intergenerational genetic effects with application to HLA-B matching as a risk factor for schizophrenia Human heredity, 2011; 72(3): 161-72.
Boudreault Patrick, Baldwin Erin E, Fox Michelle, Dutton Loriel, Tullis Leeelle, Linden Joyce, Kobayashi Yoko, Zhou Jin, Sinsheimer Janet S, Sininger Yvonne, Grody Wayne W, Palmer Christina G S   Deaf adults' reasons for genetic testing depend on cultural affiliation: results from a prospective, longitudinal genetic counseling and testing study Journal of deaf studies and deaf education, 2010; 15(3): 209-27.
Childs Erica J, Palmer Christina G S, Lange Kenneth, Sinsheimer Janet S   Modeling maternal-offspring gene-gene interactions: the extended-MFG test Genetic epidemiology, 2010; 34(5): 512-21.
Boudreault P, Baldwin EE, Fox M, Dutton L, Tullis L, Linden J, Kobayashi Y, Zhou J, Sinsheimer JS, Sininger Y, Grody WW, Palmer CGS   Deaf adults' reasons for genetic testing depend on cultural affiliation: Results from a prospective, longitudinal genetic counseling and testing study, Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 2010; 15: 209-227.
Palmer CGS   Evidence for maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility as a risk factos for schizophrenia, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, 2010; article 576318.
Enns EE, Boudreault P, Palmer CGS   Examining the relationship between genetic counselors' attitudes toward deaf people and the genetic counseling session, Journal of Genetic Counseling, 2010; 19: 161-173.
Childs E, Palmer CGS, Lange K, Sinsheimer JS   Modeling maternal-offspring gene-gene interactions: The extended -MFG test, Genetic Epidemiology, 2010; 34: 512-521.
Resta Robert G, McCarthy Veach Patricia, Charles Sarah, Vogel Kristen, Blase Terri, Palmer Christina G S   Publishing a master's thesis: a guide for novice authors Journal of genetic counseling, 2010; 19(3): 217-27.
Enns Emily E, Boudreault Patrick, Palmer Christina G S   Examining the relationship between genetic counselors' attitudes toward deaf people and the genetic counseling session Journal of genetic counseling, 2010; 19(2): 161-73.
Palmer Christina G S   Evidence for maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility as a risk factor for schizophrenia Journal of biomedicine & biotechnology, 2010; 2010(1): 576318.
Tamgüney Gültekin, Miller Michael W, Wolfe Lisa L, Sirochman Tracey M, Glidden David V, Palmer Christina, Lemus Azucena, DeArmond Stephen J, Prusiner Stanley B   Asymptomatic deer excrete infectious prions in faeces Nature, 2009; 461(7263): 529-32.
Palmer CGS, Martinez A, Fox M, Zhou J, Shapiro N, Sininger Y, Grody WW, Schimmenti LA   A prospective, longitudinal study of the impact of GJB2/GJB6 genetic testing on the beliefs and attitudes of parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing infants, American Journal of Medical Genetics, 2009; 149A: 1169-1182.
Palmer CGS, Lueddeke, JT, Zhou J   Factors influencing parental decision about genetics evaluation for their deaf or hard-of-hearing child, Genetics in Medicine, 2009; 11: 248-255.
Palmer Christina G S, Martinez Ariadna, Fox Michelle, Zhou Jin, Shapiro Nina, Sininger Yvonne, Grody Wayne W, Schimmenti Lisa A   A prospective, longitudinal study of the impact of GJB2/GJB6 genetic testing on the beliefs and attitudes of parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing infants American journal of medical genetics. Part A, 2009; 149A(6): 1169-82.
Palmer Christina G S, Lueddeke Jason T, Zhou Jin   Factors influencing parental decision about genetics evaluation for their deaf or hard-of-hearing child Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 2009; 11(4): 248-55.
Palmer Christina G S, Mallery Erin, Turunen Joni A, Hsieh Hsin-Ju, Peltonen Leena, Lonnqvist Jouko, Woodward J Arthur, Sinsheimer Janet S   Effect of Rhesus D incompatibility on schizophrenia depends on offspring sex Schizophrenia research, 2008; 104(1-3): 135-45.
Schimmenti Lisa A, Martinez Ariadna, Telatar Milhan, Lai Chih-Hung, Shapiro Nina, Fox Michelle, Warman Berta, McCarra Matthew, Crandall Barbara, Sininger Yvonne, Grody Wayne W, Palmer Christina G S   Infant hearing loss and connexin testing in a diverse population Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 2008; 10(7): 517-24.
Palmer CGS, Mallery E, Turunen JA, Hsieh HJ, Peltonen L, Lonnqvist, J. Woodward JA, Sinsheimer JS   Effect of Rhesus D incompatibility on schizophrenia depends on offspring sex, Schizophrenia Research, 2008; 104: 135-145.
Palmer CGS, Martinez A, Fox M, Sininger Y, Grody WW, Schimmenti LA   Ethnic differences in parental perceptions of genetic testing for infants with hearing loss, Journal of Genetic Counseling, 2008; 17: 129-138.
Schimmenti LA, Martinez A, Teletar M, Lai CH, Shapiro N, Fox M, Warman B, McCarra M, Crandall B, Sininger Y, Grody WW, Palmer CGS   Infant hearing loss and connexin testing in a diverse population, Genetics in Medicine, 2008; 10: 517-524.
Peay HL, Veach PM, Palmer CGS, Rosen-Sheidley B, Gettig E, Austin JC   Psychiatric disorders in clinical genetics I: Addressing family histories of psychiatric illness, Journal of Genetic Counseling, 2008; 17: 6-17.
Austin JC, Palmer CGS, Rosen-Sheidley B, Veach PM, Gettig E, Peay HL   Psychiatric disorders in clinical genetics II: Individualizing recurrence risks, Journal of Genetic Counseling, 2008; 17: 18-29.
Palmer Christina G S, Martinez Ariadna, Fox Michelle, Sininger Yvonne, Grody Wayne W, Schimmenti Lisa A   Ethnic differences in parental perceptions of genetic testing for deaf infants Journal of genetic counseling, 2008; 17(1): 129-38.
Peay Holly L, Veach Patricia McCarthy, Palmer Christina G S, Rosen-Sheidley Beth, Gettig Elizabeth, Austin Jehannine C   Psychiatric disorders in clinical genetics I: Addressing family histories of psychiatric illness Journal of genetic counseling, 2008; 17(1): 6-17.
Austin Jehannine C, Palmer Christina G S, Rosen-Sheidley Beth, Veach Patricia McCarthy, Gettig Elizabeth, Peay Holly L   Psychiatric disorders in clinical genetics II: Individualizing recurrence risks Journal of genetic counseling, 2008; 17(1): 18-29.
Blase T, Martinez A, Grody WW, Schimmenti L, Palmer CGS   Sharing GJB2/GJB6 genetic test information with family members, Journal of Genetic Counseling, 2007; 16: 313-324.
Blase Terri, Martinez Ariadna, Grody Wayne W, Schimmenti Lisa, Palmer Christina G S   Sharing GJB2/GJB6 genetic test information with family members Journal of genetic counseling, 2007; 16(3): 313-24.
Hsieh Hsin-Ju, Palmer Christina G S, Harney Sinead, Chen Hsiu-Wen, Bauman Lara, Brown Matthew A, Sinsheimer Janet S   Using the maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility test to assess non-inherited maternal HLA-DRB1 antigen coding alleles as rheumatoid arthritis risk factors BMC proceedings, 2007; 1 Suppl 1(3): S124.
Palmer Christina G S, Hsieh Hsin-Ju, Reed Elaine F, Lonnqvist Jouko, Peltonen Leena, Woodward J Arthur, Sinsheimer Janet S   HLA-B maternal-fetal genotype matching increases risk of schizophrenia American journal of human genetics, 2006; 79(4): 710-5.
Hsieh HJ, Palmer CGS, Sinsheimer JS   Allowing for missing data at highly polymorphic genes when testing for maternal, offspring and maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility effects, Human Heredity, 2006; 62: 165-174.
Palmer CGS, Hsieh HJ, Reed EF, Lonnqvist J, Peltonen L, Woodward JA, Sinsheimer JS   HLA-B maternal-fetal genotype matching increases risk for schizophrenia, American Journal of Human Genetics, 2006; 79: 710-715.
Minassian SL, Palmer CGS, Turunen JA, Paunio T, Lonnqvist J, Peltonen L, Woodward JA, Sinsheimer JS   Incorporating serotypes into family based association studies using the MFG test, Annals of Human Genetics, 2006; 70: 541-553.
Hsieh HJ, Palmer CGS, Harney S, Newton JL, Wordsworth P, Brown MA, Sinsheimer JS   The v-MFG test: Investigating maternal, offspring, and maternal-fetal genetic incompatibility effects on disease and viability, Genetic Epidemiology, 2006; 30: 333-347.
Hsieh Hsin-Ju, Palmer Christina G S, Sinsheimer Janet S   Allowing for missing data at highly polymorphic genes when testing for maternal, offspring and maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility effects Human heredity, 2006; 62(3): 165-74.
Hsieh Hsin-Ju, Palmer Christina G S, Harney Sinead, Newton Julia L, Wordsworth Paul, Brown Matthew A, Sinsheimer Janet S   The v-MFG test: investigating maternal, offspring and maternal-fetal genetic incompatibility effects on disease and viability Genetic epidemiology, 2006; 30(4): 333-47.
Palmer Christina G S, Martinez Ariadna, Sininger Yvonne, Shapiro Nina, Grody Wayne W, Schimmenti Lisa A   Prelingual siblings of children with GJB2 hearing loss: issues to consider Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery, 2005; 131(11): 1020-2.
Palmer CGS, Hadley DW   Evaluating the impact of genetic counseling and testing with signal detection methods, Journal of Genetic Counseling, 2005; 14: 17-27.
Palmer CGS, Martinez A, Sininger Y, Shapiro N, Grody W, Schimmenti LA   Prelingual siblings of children with GJB2 hearing loss: Issues to consider, Archives of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 2005; 131: 1020-1022.
Palmer Christina G S, Hadley Donald W   Evaluating the impact of genetic counseling and testing with signal detection methods Journal of genetic counseling, 2005; 14(1): 17-27.
Minassian Sonia L, Palmer Christina G S, Sinsheimer Janet S   An exact maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility (MFG) test Genetic epidemiology, 2005; 28(1): 83-95.
Schimmenti Lisa A, Martinez Ariadna, Fox Michelle, Crandall Barbara, Shapiro Nina, Telatar Milhan, Sininger Yvonne, Grody Wayne W, Palmer Christina G S   Genetic testing as part of the early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) process Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 2005; 6(6): 521-5.
Minassian SL, Palmer CGS, Sinsheimer JS   An exact maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility (MFG) test, Genetic Epidemiology, 2004; 27: .
Hadley DW, Jenkins JF, Dimond E, de Carvalho M, Kirsch I, Palmer CGS   Colon cancer screening practices following genetic counseling and testing for hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer, Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2004; 22: 39-44.
Schimmenti LA, Martinez A, Fox M, Crandall B, Shapiro N, Telatar M, Sininger Y, Grody WW, Palmer CGS   Commentary: Genetic testing as part of the early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) process, Genetics in Medicine, 2004; 6: 521-525.
Kraft P, Palmer CGS, Woodward JA, Turunen JA, Minassian S, Paunio T, Lonnqvist J, Peltonen L, Sinsheimer JS   RHD maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility and schizophrenia: Extending the MFG test to include multiple siblings and birth order, European Journal of Human Genetics, 2004; 12: 192-198.
Kraft Peter, Palmer Christina G S, Woodward Arthur J, Turunen Joni A, Minassian Sonia, Paunio Tiina, Lönnqvist Jouko, Peltonen Leena, Sinsheimer Janet S   RHD maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility and schizophrenia: extending the MFG test to include multiple siblings and birth order European journal of human genetics : EJHG, 2004; 12(3): 192-8.
Martinez Ariadna, Linden Joyce, Schimmenti Lisa A, Palmer Christina G S   Attitudes of the broader hearing, deaf, and hard-of-hearing community toward genetic testing for deafness Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 2004; 5(2): 106-12.
Hadley Donald W, Jenkins Jean F, Dimond Eileen, de Carvalho Maria, Kirsch Ilan, Palmer Christina G S   Colon cancer screening practices after genetic counseling and testing for hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2004; 22(1): 39-44.
Martinez A, Linden J, Schimmenti LA, Palmer CGS   Attitudes of the broader hearing, deaf, and hard-of-hearing community toward genetic testing for deafness, Genetics in Medicine, 2003; 5: 106-112.
Gasperoni TL, Ekelund J, Huttunen M, Palmer CGS, Tuulio-Henriksson A, Lonnqvist J, Kaprio J, Koskenvuo M, Peltonen L, Cannon TD   Genetic linkage and association between chromosome 1q and working memory function in schizophrenia, American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics), 2003; 116: 8-16.
Palmer CGS, Martinez A, Fox M, Crandall B, Shapiro N, Telatar M, Sininger Y, Grody WW, Schimmenti LA   Genetic testing and the early hearing detection and intervention process, The Volta Review, 2003; 103: 371-390.
Palmer CGS   Risk perception: Another look at the 'White Male' effect, Health, Risk & Society, 2003; 5: 71-83.
Sinsheimer JS, Palmer CGS, Woodward JA   The maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility test: Detecting genotype combinations that increase risk for disease, Genetic Epidemiology, 2003; 24: 1-13.
Sinsheimer Janet S, Palmer Christina G S, Woodward J Arthur   Detecting genotype combinations that increase risk for disease: maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility test Genetic epidemiology, 2003; 24(1): 1-13.
Gasperoni Timothy L, Ekelund Jesper, Huttunen Matti, Palmer Christina G S, Tuulio-Henriksson Annamari, Lönnqvist Jouko, Kaprio Jaakko, Peltonen Leena, Cannon Tyrone D   Genetic linkage and association between chromosome 1q and working memory function in schizophrenia American journal of medical genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics : the official publication of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, 2003; 116B(1): 8-16.
Palmer Christina G S, Turunen Joni A, Sinsheimer Janet S, Minassian Sonia, Paunio Tiina, Lönnqvist Jouko, Peltonen Leena, Woodward J Arthur   RHD maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility increases schizophrenia susceptibility American journal of human genetics, 2002; 71(6): 1312-9.
Fisher SE, Francks C, McCracken JT, McGough JJ, Marlow AK, MacPhie IL, Newbury DF, Palmer CGS, Woodward JA, Del'Homme M, Cantwell D, Nelson SF, Monaco AP, Smalley SL   A genome-wide scan for loci involved in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHA), American Journal of Human Genetics, 2002; 70: 1183-1196.
Palmer CGS, Turunen J, Sinsheimer JS, Minassian S, Paunio T, Lonnqvist J, Peltonen L, Woodward JA   RHD maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility increases schizophrenia susceptibility, American Journal of Human Genetics, 2002; 71: 1312-1319.
Fisher Simon E, Francks Clyde, McCracken James T, McGough James J, Marlow Angela J, MacPhie I Laurence, Newbury Dianne F, Crawford Lori R, Palmer Christina G S, Woodward J Arthur, Del'Homme Melissa, Cantwell Dennis P, Nelson Stanley F, Monaco Anthony P, Smalley Susan L   A genomewide scan for loci involved in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder American journal of human genetics, 2002; 70(5): 1183-96.
Palmer CGS, Carlstrom LK, Woodward JA   Risk perception and ethnicity, Risk, Decision, and Policy, 2001; 6: 187-206.
Carlstrom LK, Woodward JA, Palmer CGS   Evaluating the simplified conjoint expected risk model: Comparing the use of objective and subjective information, Risk Analysis, 2000; 20: 385-392.
Palmer CGS, Bailey JN, Ramsey C, Cantwell, D, Sinsheimer JS, Del'Homme M, McGough J, Woodward JA, Asarnow R, Asarnow J, Nelson S, Smalley SL   No evidence of linkage or linkage disequilibrium between DAT1 and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in a large sample, Psychiatric Genetics, 1999; 9: 157-160.
Smalley SL, Bailey JN, Palmer CGS, Cantwell DP, McGough JJ, Del'Homme MA, Asarnow JR, Woodward JA, Ramsey C, Nelson SF   Evidence that the dopamine D4 receptor is a susceptibility gene in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Molecular Psychiatry, 1998; 3: 427-430.
Smalley SL, Woodward JA, Palmer CGS   A general statistical model for detecting complex trait loci using affected relative pairs in a genome search, American Journal of Human Genetics, 1996; 58: 844-860.
Palmer CGS   Risk perception: An empirical study of the relationship between worldview and the risk construct, Risk Analysis, 1996; 16: 717-723.
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