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 Ethics 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 to strengthen the social environment’s ability to promote 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 research 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



    Curtis, C., Hurley, L., & Farmer, G. L. (2020). Subjective well-being, critical race theory, and the assessment of measurement invariance across racial groups. American Journal of Evaluation.

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

    Farmer, A. Y., & Farmer, G. L. (2020). Research methods for social work: A problem-based approach. Thousand Oaks, CA:: Sage Publication, Inc.

    Farmer, G. L. (under review). Reflections on Implicit Bias. In C. Franklin, M. B. Harris, & P. Allen-Meares (Eds.), he School Services Sourcebook. New York: Oxford University Press.

    Heyman, J. C., White-Ryan, L., Kelly, P., Farmer, G. L., Leaman, T. L., & Davis, H. J. (2020). Voices about foster care: The value of trust. Children and Youth Services Review, 113, 104991. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.104991




    Selected Presentations


    Farmer, G. L., Adams,D. and Dewan,S.E. (October, 2019). Generalizability Theory: Identification of factors contributing to the reliability of a measure. Council on Social Work Education 2019 Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.


    Famer, G. L. and Adams, D. (July, 2019). Contextualizing Social-Emotional Competencies and School Performance with School Climate, International Congress on Emotional Intelligence Conference 2019 Conference, Fantle, Western Australia.

    Farmer, A. and Farmer, G.L. (January 13, 2017). Rethinking Social Work Doctoral Education: Preparing Students to Engage in Translation Research 7th European Conference for Social Work Research, European Social Work Research Association, Aalborg University, Denmark



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