Justin Palmer

Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology Faculty Advisor: Lee Ryan

Justin Palmer

Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology Faculty Advisor: Lee Ryan

Research Interests: 

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where I graduated from North Royalton High School. I attended Arizona State University in the fall of 2014 and graduated with my B.S in Psychology in 2018. In my time at ASU, I worked in a behavioral neuroscience research lab to better understand brain and behavior relationships in the context of aging. My honors thesis studied the memory and pathological impacts of ovarian hormone deprivation in a model of Alzheimer’s disease. This project was awarded “Best Honors Thesis” in the department and was a recipient of the Undergraduate Excellence Award by the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Now at the University of Arizona, I am interested in aging and memory among cohorts of older adults that are at an elevated risk for Alzheimer’s disease, such as people who are carry the e4 allele. I recently earned my Master’s degree by completing a project that studied pattern separation ability between older and younger e4 carriers and noncarriers. In the future, I hope to continue this line of research using neuroimaging methods. In addition to research, I am passionate about clinical assessments and learning about neuropsychological evaluations among older adults.

Selected Publications: 

  • Koebele, S.V., Palmer, J.M., Hadder, B., Melikian, R., Fox, C., Strouse, I.M., DeNardo, D., George, C., Danuis, E., Nimer, A., & Bimonte-Nelson, H.A. (2018). Hysterectomy uniquely impacts spatial memory in a rat model: A role for the non-pregnant uterus in cognitive processes. Endocrinology.
  • Selected Poster Presentations: Palmer, J.M., Lawrence, A.V., Grilli, M.D., Heuntelman, M.J., Talboom, J.S., and Ryan, L. (2019). Context-dependent memory in cognitively normal older e4 carriers and non-carriers. Presented at Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium, Phoenix, AZ, 16 May 2019. Presented at Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL, 23 October 2019.
  • Palmer, J.M., Strouse, I.M., Koebele, S.V., Woner, V.E., Willeman, M. N., Pena, V.L., Winslow, W., O ddo, S., & Bimonte-Nelson, H.A. (2018). An evaluation of a short-term and a long-term ovarian hormone deprivation in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease: Impacts of spatial working and reference memory. Presented at Arizona Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, Tempe, AZ, 17 March 2018. Presented at Barrett, Celebrating Honors Symposium, Tempe, AZ, 10 April 2018. Presented at Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium, Phoenix, AZ, 17 May 2018.

Courses Taught: 

T.A. for: 

  • Physiological Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Clinical Interview and Assessment Practicum

Updated: 07/22/22


  • B.S. Psychology, Arizona State University (2018)
  • M.A., University of Arizona
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