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

    G. Lawrence Farmer, MSW, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. He earned his PhD. in Social Welfare at Florida International University, his M.S.W., and BA in Psychology and Biomedical Ethnics at the University of Pittsburgh. His scholarly interests center on understanding those factors that promote the well-being of youth. For example, the role the social worker can plan strengthen social environment’s ability to promoting the development of non-cognitive competencies in youth that will promote positive youth development. Additionally, Dr. Farmer has interests in psychometric, implementation science, and advanced quantitative statistical methods. He is currently in partnership with the Urban Assembly (https://urbanassembly.org/), to conduct research on the development, implementation and evaluation of social emotional learning interventions in public schools.


  • 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

    Philosophy of Science

  • 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


    The Kennedy Forum’s event Young Minds: Building Resilience and Well-Being in the Next Generation in Chicago ( December 6, 2016) https://www.thekennedyforum.org/events/forum-2016/speakers

    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



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