Robert Palmer

Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
MFT Core Faculty
Evangelical Legacy Faculty

PhD, American Christian College and Seminary, 1999

DMin, Palmer Theological Seminary, 1992

MDiv, Trinity School of Divinity, 1984

BA, Trinity College, 1981

AAMFT Approved Supervisor


Dr. Robb Palmer is a Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Clinical Fellow, Approved Supervisor and Supervisor of Supervisors, with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He is an Ordained and Licensed Minister with the Evangelical Free Church of America, having served in the capacity of Senior Pastor, Leadership Pastor and Counseling Pastor, with over thirty-five years of ministry experience.

Additionally, he is a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (IBCC), as well as a Certified Pastoral Counselor (IBCC), Certified Couples Communication Instructor, Certified Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory Facilitator, Certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator, Certified Thrivesphere Facilitator, Certified Personality Disorder Specialist, Certified Behavioral Management Specialist and Certified Gottman Method Therapist (Level 1). He has been honored to serve at Evangelical Seminary, since 2007, in various roles including Professor, Supervisor, Clinical Director of the Family Counseling Centers and currently Program Director of the Master of Arts in Ministry, as well as the Master of Divinity degrees. He has worked in various therapy and/or ministry contexts including adoption and foster care, drug and alcohol counseling, youth counseling, and counselor as well as leadership training programs. He is the author of The Diamond of Adversity: A Theology of Suffering (Published by Next Step Resources) which is now in its second edition, receiving positive reviews.

In addition to enjoying classroom and educational interactions, Dr. Palmer appreciates being able to assist post-Masters and Doctoral Level clinicians in their pursuit of supervision regarding state licensure, as well as Masters Level students seeking clinical supervision while completing their graduate work. Additionally, he makes himself available to counseling centers for professional education and training experiences regarding a host of clinical (therapy) related topics such as MFT theory and practice, studies in ethics, marital processes, parenting dynamics, personality studies, psychology and spirituality, etc. In the church context, he enjoys and is frequently secured as a trainer for lay-counseling classes, pastoral ministry and counseling training for clergy, seminars on suffering and adversity, weekend marriage enrichment experiences, lecture series in various books of the Bible and focused studies on topics related to the paranormal, supernatural and the occult. His hobbies include photography, physical fitness, martial arts (he holds the rank of Black Belt in Seibukan Okinawan Karate), hiking, keyboard, motorcycles, and travel.

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