Mary Happel Palmer, PhD, RNC, FAAN, AGSF
Professor, Helen W. & Thomas L. Umphlet Distinguished Professor in Aging
Gerontology, Research, Women’s Health
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
Dr. Palmer is the Helen W. and Thomas L. Umphlet Distinguished Professor in Aging at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She is the author of over 130 research papers and book chapters on urinary incontinence and other lower urinary tract symptoms in older adults and women. She is the co-author of the Toileting Behaviors – Women’s Elimination Behaviors Scale (TB-WEB) to quantify behaviors women use for urinary elimination and to identify behaviors that could compromise bladder health. The TB-WEB has been translated into multiple languages.
Dr. Palmer chairs the Steering Committee of the Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) a 9- center research consortium funded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. She also serves on the External Expert Panel of the Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunctions Research Network (LURN) funded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Dr. Palmer is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and she serves on the Editorial Boards of Geriatric Nursing, and Faculty of 1000 Medicine.
Dr. Palmer was the co-chair of the 6th International Consultation on Incontinence’s Committee on Primary Prevention, Continence Promotion, Models of Care and Education and is a member of the 7th International Consultation on Incontinence’s Committee on Primary Prevention, Continence Promotion, Models of Care and Education. She was a member of an International Continence Society (ICS) committee that prepared a report in 2019 on the terminology for single use body worn absorbent incontinence products. She served as Chair of the American Geriatrics Society Public Education Committee from 2017-2020 and was a member of the Advisory Council of the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health from 2015-2018. She was named Faculty of the Year for 2014, 2015, and 2019 by the Faculty of Medicine 1000 in Urology.
Dr. Palmer received her B.S.N. and M.S. degrees from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (now JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health), and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She received her postdoctoral research training at the National Institutes of Nursing Research and in the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory, Gerontology Research Center, National Institute on Aging, The National Institutes of Health. Dr. Palmer is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Geriatrics Society.
|2020||Outstanding Service, Public Education Committee, American Geriatrics Society|
|2020||F1000 Faculty Member of the Year Award 2019 for Urology|
|2017||Appointed Chair, Public Education Committee, American Geriatrics Society|
|2016||F1000 Faculty Member of the Year Award 2015 for Urology|
|2015||Appointed to the Advisory Committee, NIH Office of the Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health 2015-2018|
|2015||F1000 Faculty Member of the Year Award 2014 for Urology|
|2014||Carolina Women’s Health Research Faculty Scholar Award, Fall 2014|
|2014||Nominated for Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentorship and Education, Doctoral Student Organization, UNC, School of Nursing.|
|2014||Appointed Vice-Chair, Public Education Committee, American Geriatrics Society 2014-2016|
|2012||Senior Scientist, Institute on Aging, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|2010||Fellow, American Geriatrics Society|
|2009||National Association for Continence and American Geriatrics Society Rodney Appell Continence Care Champion Award|
|2009||Outstanding Service, Public Education Committee, American Geriatrics Society|
|2008||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Arts and Humanities, Academic Leadership Program, Fellow|
|2005||Urologic Nursing, Nurse Competence in Aging Literary Excellence Award|
|1998||Urinary Continence: Assessment and Promotion selected as one of Brandon/Hill Selected List of Nursing Books and Texts, Nursing Outlook 46(10), 7-18.|
|1997||Urinary Continence: Assessment and Promotion selected by Doody’s Rating Service as one of the 250 Best Health Sciences Books.|
|1997||The National Institutes of Health, NIH Director’s Award, CC/NINR Group Award.|
|1996||Fourth Annual Faye G. Abdellah U.S. Public Health Service Publication Award.|
|1994||Maryland Nurses’ Association/American Journal of Nursing 1994 Writing Competition.|
|1994||Second Annual Faye G. Abdellah U.S. Public Health Service Publication Award.|
|1993||Special Act or Service Award, National Institute of Nursing Research|
|1992||Excellence in Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Pi Chapter.|
|1992||Fellow, American Academy of Nursing.|
|1992||Fellow, Gerontological Society of America.|
2015-2020 *data-based; †publication with student; ‡senior author
*‡ Zhou, F., Xue, K., Zhou, L., Tu, S. & Palmer, M.H. (2020). Toileting behaviors and factors associated with urinary incontinence in college-aged female students in China. International Urogyencology Journal. 31(5):961-971. DOI: 10.1007/s00192-019-04043-3.
‡ Brady, S.S., Brubaker L., Fok, C.S., Gahagan, S., Lewis, C.E., Lewis, J., Lowder, J.L., Nodora, J., Stapleton, A., Palmer M.H. & Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium. (2020). Development of conceptual models to guide public health research, practice, and policy: Synthesizing traditional and contemporary paradigms. Health Promotion and Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1524839919890869. [Epub ahead of print].
Palmer, M.H., Cockerell, R., Griebling, T., Rantell, A., van Houten, P. & Newman, D.K. (2020). Review of the 6th International Consultation on Incontinence: Primary Prevention of Urinary Incontinence. Neurourology & Urodynamics. 39:66-72. DOI: 10.1002/nau.24222.
*†Wu, C. Palmer, M.H. & Sha, K. (2020). Professional identity and its influencing factors of first-year post-associate degree baccalaureate nursing students: a cross-sectional study in China. Nurse Education Today; 84. DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2019.104227. Epub 2019 Oct 22.
*†‡Wu, C., Xue, K. & Palmer, M.H. (2019). Toileting behaviors related to urination in women: A scoping review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16204000.
*Sutcliffe, S., Bavendam, T., Cain, C., Epperson, C.N., Fitzgerald, C.M., Gahagan, S., Markland, A.D., Shoham, D.A., Smith, A.L., Townsend, M.K., Rudser, K. & Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Research Consortium. (2019). The spectrum of bladder health: The relationship between lower urinary tract symptoms and interference with activities. Journal of Women’s Health (Larchmt). 28(6):827-841. DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2018.7364. Epub 2019 May 6.
*† Jung, A., Nielsen, M.E., Crandell, J.L., Palmer, M.H., Smith, S.K., Bryant, A.L., Mayer, D.K. (2019). Health-related quality of life among non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer survivors: A population-based study. BJU International. 2019 Aug 5. DOI: 10.1111/bju.14888. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31381249.
Lowder, J.L., Bavendam, T., Berry, A., Brady, S.S., Fitzgerald, C., Fok, C.S., Goode, P.S., Lewis, C.E., Mueller, E., Newman, D.K., Palmer, M.H., Rickey, L.M., Stapleton, A.E., Lukacz, E.S. For the Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium (2019). Terminology for bladder health research in women and girls – PLUS transdisciplinary consortium definitions. Neurourology & Urodynamics. 38(5):1339-1352. DOI: 10.1002/nau.23985.
*‡ Sha, K., Palmer, M.H. & Yeo, S. (2019). Yoga’s biophysiological effects on lower urinary tract symptoms: A scoping review. Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. 25(3):279-287. DOI: 10.1089/acm.2018.0382.
*†‡ Angelini, K., Newman, D.K. & Palmer, M.H. (2019). Psychometric evaluation of the Toileting Behaviors: Women’s Elimination Behaviors (TB-WEB) scale in a sample of college women. Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Mar 15. DOI: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000711. [Epub ahead of print].
*†Palmer, M.H., Wu, J., Marquez, C., Rupp, B., Conover, M. & Newman, D. (2019). A secret garden: Focus groups about women’s toileting behaviors. BMC Women’s Health. 19(1):44. DOI: 10.1186/s12905-019-0740-3.
*†Galbraith-Gyan K.V., Lechuga J., Jenerette C.M., Palmer M.H., Moore A.D. & Hamilton J.B (2018). African-American Parents’ and Daughters’ Beliefs about HPV Infection and the HPV Vaccine. Public Health Nursing. DOI:10.1111/phn.12565. [Epub ahead of print].
Abelson, B, Sun, D, Que, L., Nebel, R.A., Baker, D., Popiel, P., Amundsen, C.L., Chai, T., Close, C., DiSanto, M., Fraser, M., Kielb, S.J., Kuchel, G., Mueller, E.R., Palmer, M.H., Parker-Autry, C. Wolfe, A. & Damaser, M. S. (2018). Sex Differences in Lower Urinary Tract Biology and Physiology. [Review]. Biology of Sex Differences. Oct 22: 9(1): 45. DOI: 10.1186/s13293-018-0204-8.
Brady, S., Bavendam, T., Berry, A., Fok, C., Gahagan, S., Goode, P., Haracker, C., Hebert-Beine, J., Lewis, C., Lewis, J., Low, L., Lowder, J., Palmer, M.H., Wyman, J. & Lukacz, E. (2018). The Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) in Girls and Women: Developing a Conceptual Framework for a Prevention Research Agenda. Neurourology & Urodynamics. 37(8):2951-2964. DOI: 10.1002/nau.23787. Epub 2018 Aug 22.
Harlow, B.L., Bavendam, T.G., Palmer, M.H., Brubaker, L., Burgio, K.L., Lukacz, E.S., Miller, J., Mueller, E., Newman, D.K., Rickey, L., Sutcliffe, S., & Simons-Morton, D. (2018). The PLUS research consortium: a transdisciplinary approach toward promoting bladder health and preventing lower urinary tract symptoms in women across the life course. Journal of Women’s Health. 27(3):283-289. DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2017.6566. Epub 2017 Sep 15.
*†‡Zhou, F., Newman, D. & Palmer, M.H. (2018). Urinary urgency in working women: What factors are associated with urinary urgency progression? Journal of Women’s Health. 27(5): 575-583. DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2017.6555. Epub 2018 Feb 2.
Lukacz, E.S., Bavendam, T.G., Berry, A., Brady, S.S., Fok, C.S. Gahagan, S., Goode, P.S., Hardacker, C.T., Hebert-Beirne, J., Lewis, C.E., Lewis, J., Low, J.K., Lowder, J.L., Palmer, M.H. & Smith, A.L. (2018). A Novel Definition of Bladder Health in Women and Girls: Implications for Research and Public Health Promotion. Journal of Women’s Health. 27(8): 974-981. DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2017.6786. PMID: 29792542.
†Chen, M-C., Palmer, M.H. & Lin, S.Y. (2018). Creating a conceptual model for family caregivers of older adults’ intervention research: A narrative review of learned resourcefulness, resourcefulness, and the transtheoretical model. Geriatric Nursing. Mar 21. pii: S0197-4572(18)30073-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2018.02.012. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29573892.
*†Jung, A., Nielsen, M., Crandell, J., Palmer, M.H., Bryant, A., Smith, S. & Mayer, D. (2018). Quality of life in non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer survivors: A systematic review. Cancer Nursing, DOI.10.1097/NCC.0000000000000606.
*†‡Long, J.E., Khairat, S., Chmelo, E. & Palmer, M.H. (2018). Mind over Bladder: Women, Aging and Bladder Health. Geriatric Nursing. 39(2):230-237. DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2017.09.003. [Epub ahead of print 2017 Oct 16].
*‡Willis-Gray, M., Wu, J., Sripad, A., Newman, D. & Palmer, M.H. (2017). Toileting Behaviors in Women Presenting to Urogynecology Clinic. Urologic Nursing. 37(5), 251-255; 265.
*Palmer M.H., Willis-Gray M.G., Zhou F., Newman D.K., & Wu J.M. (2017). Self-reported toileting behaviors in employed women: Are they associated with lower urinary tract symptoms? Neurourology & Urodynamics. 2017 Jul 3. DOI: 10.1002/nau.23337. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28671729.
*Chang C.J., Pei D., Wu C.C., Palmer M.H., Su, C.C., Kuo S.F. & Liao Y.M. (2017). Correlates of nocturia and relationships of nocturia with sleep quality and glycemic control in women with Type 2 diabetes. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 49(4):400-410. DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12302. Epub 2017 May 23. PubMed PMID: 28544465.
*†Galbraith-Gyan K.V., Lechuga J., Jenerette C.M., Palmer M.H., Moore A.D. & Hamilton J.B. (2017). HPV vaccine acceptance among African-American mothers and their daughters: an inquiry grounded in culture. Ethnicity & Health. 29:1-18. DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2017.1332758. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28553758.
*†‡Meng, Q., Busby-Whitehead, J. & Palmer, M.H. (2016). Absorbent products use and symptom distress in women who have urinary incontinence and heart failure. International Journal of Clinical Practice. 70(12), 1019-1026. DOI: 10.1111/ijcp.12910.
*Bretschneider, C.E., Nieto M., Geller, E.J., Palmer, M.H. & Wu, J.M. (2016). The association of the Braden Scale and postoperative morbidity following urogynecologic surgery. Urologic Nursing. 36(4), 191-197.
*†‡Park, J., Lavelle, J. & Palmer, M.H. (2016). Voiding dysfunction in older women with overactive bladder symptoms: a comparison of urodynamic parameters between women with normal and elevated post-void residual urine. Neurourology & Urodynamics. 35(1);95-9. DOI: 10.1002/nau.22689.
*†Park, H.K., Chang, S., Palmer, M.H. & Choi, H. (2015). Assessment of the impact of male urinary incontinence on health-related quality of life: A population-based study. Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms, 71: 22-6. DOI. 10.1111/luts.
*†Palmer, M.H., Marquez, C., Li, Y, Hawkins, S., Smith, F. & Busby-Whitehead, J. (2015). A Feasibility Study for a Post-Hospital Intervention for Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Adults with Heart Failure. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. 42(5):539-46. DOI: 10.1097/WON.0000000000000163.
*†Park, J. & Palmer, M.H. (2015). Factors associated with incomplete emptying in older women who have overactive bladder symptoms. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 63(7), 1426-31. DOI: 10.1111/jgs.13474.
*†DeGagne, J., Park, S., So, A., Wu, B. Palmer, M.H., & McConnell, E. (2015). A urinary incontinence continuing education online course for community health nurses in South Korea. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 46(4):171-178. DOI:10.3928/00220124-201150320-02.
*Palmer, M.H. & Newman, D. K. (2015). Women’s toileting behaviors: An online survey of female advanced practice providers. International Journal of Clinical Practice. 69(4):429-35. DOI: 10.1111/ijcp.12592.
*Song, L., Rini, C., Deal, A. Nielsen, M, Kinneer, P., Teal, M., Johnson, D., Dunn, M. Mark, B. & Palmer, M.H. (2015). Improving couples’ quality of life through a web-based couple-oriented prostate cancer education intervention. Oncology Nurses Forum. 42(2):183-92. DOI: 10.1188/15.ONF.183-192.
*†‡Park, S., De Gagne, J. So, A. & Palmer, M.H. (2015). Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs, and Practices in Registered Nurses and Care Aids about Urinary Incontinence in Korean Nursing Homes: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. 42(2), 183-189, DOI: 10.1097/WON.0000000000000095.
- Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Aging
- Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms, Bladder Health
- Geriatric Education
- Interdisciplinary & Interprofessional post-graduate education