Lia Richards-Palmiter, PhD, champions the practice of cultural competency both in her role at Marywood University and as a board member. Holding the core belief that all patients should be treated with dignity, Dr. Richards-Palmiter aims to ensure The Wright Center for Community Health and its affiliated entity, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, fulfills its mission of delivering healthcare that meets the unique social, cultural and linguistic needs of the community it serves.
Dr. Richards-Palmiter also aims to instill these values in young learners as director of diversity at Marywood University. Her office promotes diversity awareness on campus by helping to integrate diversity into the curriculum, actively recruiting diverse students and faculty, and hosting clubs and organizations that support these ideals. In addition, Dr. Richards-Palmiter serves as a lecturer in the administration and leadership program.
Dr. Richards-Palmiter is also committed to mentoring those in underrepresented groups within the community. She works with the Greater Scranton Martin Luther King Jr. Commission as well as the local 4-H Club. She lives in South Abington Township with her husband, psychologist David J. Palmiter Jr., younger daughter, Lauren, and dog, Dakota. Her son, Gannon, is in his third year at Cornell University, while her oldest daughter, Morgan, recently graduated from the same institution. When Dr. Richards-Palmiter has a free moment, she is most likely traveling or “managing” her children’s lives.