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Carole A. Palmer, EdD, RD

Programs + Specialties
Gender Female
Language(s) French
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Tufts Medical Center
South Building, Mezzanine Level
860 Washington St.
Boston, MA 
Fax #: 671-636-2864

2013 Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Section on Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals (NEHP)

2011 Alumni Leadership and Expertise Award, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

2010 Appointed Faculty Marshall, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

2005 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year: New Hampshire Dietetic Association

2002 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching

1998 Tufts University Award for Faculty Service to the University

l986 OKU Dental Honor Society - Honorary Member

  • Palmer Carole A. Ed., Diet and Nutrition in Oral Health, Second Edition, Upper Saddle River NJ, Prentice Hall, 2007

Book Chapters:
  • Reynolds, R. Palmer, C. Chapter 15: Beverages in Edelstein, S ed. Food Science, Jones and Bartlett, 2013.
  • Page, M, Palmer C. Oral Health Screening and Assessment for Nutrition Professionals. Chapter 43 in Berdanier, C, Dwyer J, Hever D. Handbook of Nutrition and Food. Edition 3., CRC Press, July 22, 2013
  • Palmer, C, Boyd L, Chapter 17, Nutrition in the Plaque Diseases. In Nathe, C (ed), Primary Preventive Dentistry. 8th ed. Appleton and Lange. 2013
  • Schindler, L, Palmer C. Nutrition in Orthodontic Practice. Chapter 4 in Krishnan, Vinod and Davidovitch, Seev, editors, Integrated Clinical Orthodontics, 2012.

  • Evans, EW, Hayes, C, Palmer, CA, Bermudez, OI, Naumova, EN, Cohen,SA , Must, A. Development of a Pediatric Cariogenicity Index, Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 73, 2013, pp. 179-186
  • Palmer C, Gilbert JA, Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the impact of fluoride on health. J Acad Nutr Diet, 2012, Sept: 112(9): 1443-53
  • Spiegel, Kaitlin A, Palmer CA, Childhood Dental Caries and Childhood Obesity; Different Problems with Overlapping Causes. American Journal l of Dentistry, 2012;25: 59-64
  • Palmer C.A., R. Kent, Jr, C.Y. Loo, C. V. Hughes, E. Stutius, N. Pradhan, M. Dahlan, E. Kanasi7, S.S. Arevalo Vasquez, A.C.R. Tanner. Diet and Caries-Associated Bacteria in Early Childhood Caries. J.Dental Research. November, 2010
  • Palmer C, D Burnett, B Dean: It’s More than Just Candy: Important Relationships between Nutrition and Oral Health. Nutrition Today, 45:4 , July-August 2010, pp.154-166

Carole A. Palmer Ed.D., RD, LDN is Professor and Head of the Division of Nutrition in the Department of Diagnosis and Health Promotion at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine 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
  • 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 !!!!!

Topic: Oral Health and Disease: why is it important and what you can do about it.

Target Audience: PCPs, anyone who does dx and health promotion