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Carole A. Palmer, EdD, RD, LDN


Professor and Head, Division of Nutrition and Oral Health Promotion, Department of Diagnosis and Health Promotion, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Professor, Master’s Program Director, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Adjunct Professor, Program in Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine

Carole A. Palmer Ed.D., RD, LD is Professor and Head of the Division of Nutrition in the Department of Diagnosis and Health Promotion.

Dr. Palmer is a native of the Boston area, having been raised in Malden and Winchester. She received her undergraduate degree in nutrition at Simmons College, her Masters’ degree/ Dietetic Internship at Tufts University and the New England Medical Center Hospital (now Tufts Medical Center), and her Doctorate in Educational Policy, Planning, and Administration at Boston University.

In addition to her full time position at the dental school, Dr. Palmer is also:

• Professor and head of the Master’s Degree component of the Frances Stern Combined Dietetic Internship Master’s program at Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
• Adjunct Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health, and;
• Staff Nutritionist at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center of Tufts Medical Center

Dr. Palmer’s primary research emphasis has been the study of relationships between diet and/or nutrition, and oral conditions and effectively communication of these issues to professionals and the public. She is also a leader in developing models for implementing nutrition care in clinical dental settings. Her current interests are in nutrition and early childhood caries, teacher training for faculty and students, and Interprofessional Education (IPE). She is active in the American Dental Education Association, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and American Association of Clinical Nutrition. She currently serves as chair of the New Hampshire Board of Licensed Dietitians, the state licensing board for nutrition professionals.

She has written extensively in the professional and lay literature, has consulted widely on nutrition and oral health issues, has appeared frequently on radio, television, and in print media, and is completing the third edition of her acclaimed textbook: Palmer, C; Boyd L. Diet and Nutrition in Oral Health.

She lives along the beautiful Contoocook River in Concord, NH with her husband and four fur babies: Zoe, Lola, Snowy, and Muchacho!