M.S.W., Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Doctoral Program Director

    Fordham University

    Graduate School of Social Service


    • Positive Youth Development
    • School Social Work Practice
    • Social and Emotional Development 
    • Measurement


    Central to my work is the concern for understanding those social and interpersonal factors that place youth “at-risk” for exclusion from participating fully in society. Specifically, one of the major focuses of my work has been on understanding those personal factors (i.e., educational expectations and future orientation interests), family factors (i.e., parental educational expectations and parental involvement) and institutional/environmental factors (i.e., school safety and access to social capital) that impact on youth’s ability to adopt and employ those values and behaviors that will allow them to succeed in primary and secondary educational settings


  • Education

    Ph.D., M.S.,W., B.S.

    University of Pittsburgh


    Master of Social Work, 1989-1991

    Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biomedical Ethics, 1978-1982


    Florida International University

    Doctorate in Social Welfare, 1994-1997


    M.S.W. Courses

    • Evidence-Based Practoce in Mental Health
    • Social Work Research I and II
    • Advanced Research Design I and II

    Doctoral Course

    Social Work Measurement

  • Selected Publications

    Selected Publications



    Farmer, A.Y.R. & Farmer, G. L.  (2014).Research with Diverse Groups: Research Designs and Multivariate Latent Modeling for Equivalence, Oxford Press.


    Farmer, G. L., & Piotrkowski, C. S. (2009). African and European American women’s volunteerism and activism: Similarities in volunteering and differences in activism. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 19(2), 196-212. doi: 10.1080/10911350802687182


     McMahon, S., & Farmer, G. L. (2011). An updated measure for assessing subtle rape myths. Social Work Research, 35(2), 71-81. doi: 10.1093/swr/35.2.71 


    Selected Presentations


    Farmer, G. L. and Adams, D. (January 14, 2016). IRT  Analysis of the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment in a Special Need Sample. Society for Social Work and Research 20th Annual Conference, January 13-17, 2016


    Farmer, G. L. (January 17, 2015). Advances the Study of Measurement Invariance: Bayesian Estimation of Confirmatory Factor Analysis Modeling. Society for Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference, January 14-18, 2015

    Farmer, G. L, ( March 1, 2014). The Strengths Based Approach & Volunteerism, New York Cares: Leadership Conference 2014, NYU Kimmel Center, New York, NY


    Farmer, A.Y.R. & Farmer, G. L. (January 17, 2014)  Establishing  Equivalence at Different Stages of the Research Process.  Society for Social Work and Research 18th Annual Conference, January 17-19, 2014



  • Contact me

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