Santiago Palmer Cancel,
Apprentice, EMA Liaison

Dr. Palmer-Cancel is a second year clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow in private practice at Brain and Behavioral Associates in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU). He completed his internship with rotations in general psychology at the PHSU Wellness Center and clinical neuropsychology at the Skilled Nursing Facility at Hospital Damas, with an emphasis in cognitive rehabilitation. Following completion of his fellowship in December 2023, he will start in a new position as a staff clinical neuropsychologist at the Center for Transitional Neuro-Rehabilitation at Barrow Neurological Institute.

Dr. Palmer-Cancel’s current responsibilities include providing comprehensive outpatient clinical neuropsychological evaluations and consultation, in both English and Spanish, to primarily an adult population presenting with a wide range of acquired, neurodegenerative, medical, and psychiatric conditions. He also conducts pediatric neuropsychological evaluations with Spanish-speaking children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders, forensic evaluations for competency to stand trial, as well as other civil and criminal cases. Dr. Palmer-Cancel’s specific clinical and research interests are related to the psychosocial impact of acquired brain injuries on patients and their families.

Since his internship and throughout his postdoctoral training, Dr. Palmer-Cancel developed an increasing passion for supervising and mentoring students. As a new member of the Education Advisory Committee, he plans to aid students with non-traditional training backgrounds to become competent clinical neuropsychologists, as well as further developing the field of neuropsychology in Puerto Rico. Dr. Palmer-Cancel also serves as the Co-Chair for the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society’s (HNS) Communication’s committee, and is a member of the Advisory Panel for the Saugatuck Institute for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (SINR), and the International Neuropsychological Society’s (INS) Social Media Committee.

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