Rochester, Minnesota




The psychiatry research interests of Brian A. Palmer, M.D., M.P.H., are in borderline personality disorder, mood disorders and the interface between these disorders. He currently has funded protocols assessing autoantibodies in catatonia and suicide outcomes related to inpatient psychiatry hospital care.

Dr. Palmer is the recipient of an Education Science Career Development Award and is also interested in medical education and the development of physicians, particularly the ways in which educational interventions impact student learning and the role of self-assessment in the learning process.

Focus areas

  • Autoantibodies in catatonia. Catatonia is a serious medical and psychiatric illness. This study is attempting to understand the neuroimmunological basis of the condition.
  • Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder. Separating these frequently confused conditions can lead to improved clinical care for patients.
  • Suicide among discharged psychiatric inpatients. The period after hospital discharge is the highest lifetime risk for suicide in psychiatric patients. Mayo Clinic is developing and implementing evidence-based practices to change this.

Significance to patient care

Whether it is opening an inquiry into new causes and treatments for catatonia or helping improve outcomes for discharged psychiatric patients, the goal always remains to improve psychiatric diagnosis, treatment and care delivery systems. Dr. Palmer's research in these areas has the ability to directly improve the care provided to patients.

Professional highlights

  • Certified National Trainer, Good Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder, 2015-present
  • Executive Committee Member, American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training, 2011-present
  • National President, American Medical Student Association, 2004-2005


See my publications


Academic Rank

  1. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


  1. Chief Resident - Administrative McLean Hospital
  2. Resident - Adult Psychiatry Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital
  3. Internship - Medical Massachusetts General Hospital/Newton Wellesley Hospital
  4. MD Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. MPH University of Minnesota
  6. MS - Counseling University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  7. BS - Biology Drake University

Mayo Clinic Footer