Chris Palmedo

Chris Palmedo is associate professor of media marketing, & communications in the department of Community Health and Social Sciences. His teaching focuses on community health, health communications, and social marketing. His professional experience includes serving as public affairs director for a health foundation and other health-related companies. Along with directing communications and government relations campaigns for nonprofit and for-profit organizations, he has worked with community health leaders to advocate for stronger and more equitable public health policies. Dr. Palmedo has previously taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses in strategic communications, public affairs, social change leadership and social media. His research interests include exploring attitudes toward healthy beverage consumption and social marketing campaigns for college students. His current and past board service includes organizations dedicated to disenfranchised youth, health news reporting, social services, and hospital scheduling technology.



  • PhD in Public Affairs and Policy from Portland State University,
  • MBA in Marketing from Portland State University,
  • BA in English from Williams College,


Research Interests

Communications, social marketing, public health nutrition, college health, health insurance enrollment among college students



Chris Palmedo