Doctorate at the University of Kentucky in Rehabilitation Science; master’s degree from Old Dominion University in Virginia; undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Cortland.



Dr. Thomas Palmer joined the faculty in Spring 2022 as an adjunct instructor of biomechanics. He joined the faculty on a full-time basis in Fall 2022.

TP, as he likes to be called, is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with distinctions, and a Tactile Strength and Conditioning Facilitator.

With over 28 years of experience as a tenured professor, he holds several certificates in corrective exercises and manual therapies. His primary teaching objectives have focused on Human Performance, Athletic Training, and Rehabilitation Sciences. His research focuses on evaluating the cause and effect relationships of training/rehabilitative interventions targeting the spine, pelvis, and trunk among active populations, such as athletes, firefighters, and law enforcement.

He currently teaches Advanced Strength Training, Athletic Conditioning and Performance, Principles of Human Performance, Motor Learning and Motor Control Across the Lifespan, Health Theories and Health Systems, and Physiological Responses and Management of Stress.