Bedford Palmer II
Dr. Bedford Palmer II is a licensed psychologist, a tenured Associate Professor, and the chair of the Counseling Department at Saint Mary’s College of California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California Irvine, and his Master’s degree in psychology from California State University Long Beach, and his Doctorate in counseling psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Palmer completed his predoctoral psychology internship at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Palmer spent 3 years as a staff psychologist, coordinating Services to Students of African Descent and the Multicultural Immersion Program at the University of California Davis. He has been a faculty member at Saint Mary’s College of California since 2015. There he teaches courses in professional ethics, intercultural communication, human sexuality, psychological perspectives of gender, and advanced clinical practice to master’s level clinicians in-training.
In 2016, Dr. Palmer founded Deeper Than Color (formerly BFP Consulting Inc) in Oakland California. He provides psychotherapy and diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting to a diverse clientele of individuals and organizations. Dr. Palmer has served on the board of directors for the Association of Black Psychologists, as the State Diversity Delegate for the California Psychological Association and is a past President of the Alameda Psychological Association. He is the producer/cohost of the Naming It podcast and is the author of "Daddy Why Am I Brown?": A healthy conversation about skin color and family.
Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Work stress - Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging relationships with coworkers and bosses
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.
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Years of Experience: 10 years
Saint Mary's College of California, Associate Professor - Counseling Department, 2015 - Present
Deeper Than Color: Social Justice & Strength-Based Psychotherapy and Consulting, CEO & Founder, 2016 - Present
San Francisco State University , Counselor Faculty - Counseling and Psychological Services, 2014 - 2015
University of California, Davis, Staff Psychologist / Coordinator of Services to Students of African Descent & Multicultural Immersion Program - Counseling and Psychological Services , 2011 - 2014
University of California, Berkeley , Predoctoral Intern - Counseling & Psychological Services, 2010 - 2011
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, 2012
California State University Long Beach, M.A. Psychology w/ Specialization in Research, 2006
University of California, Irvine, B.A. Anthropology, Minor in African American Studies, 2001