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 Practice in Mental Health
    • Program Evaluation
    •     Advanced Integrated Practice Evaluation and Research

    Doctoral Course

    Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Design

    Social Work Measurement

    Philosophy of Science

  • Selected Publications

    Selected Publications


    Peer Review Journal Articles


    Curtis, C., Hurley, L., & Farmer, G. L. (2021). Subjective well-being, critical race theory, and the assessment of measurement invariance across racial groups. American Journal of Evaluation, 42(3), 314-331.


    Farmer, G. L., & Adams, D. (2021). Social-Emotional Competence among Students with Special Needs: Relationship between Foundational and Applied SEL Skills. American Journal of Educational Research, 9(7), 410-416. https://doi.org/10.12691/education-9-7-3

    Farmer, G. L., Heyman, J. C., Kelly, P. L., & Leaman, T. L. (2021). Prevalence of risk and protective factors for homelessness among youth in foster care. Child Welfare, 99(1), 69-91.


    Peer Review Books


    Farmer, A.Y. and Farmer, G.L. (2020). Research methods for social work: A problem-based approach, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publication, Inc. ISBN-10: 1506345301


    Farmer, A.Y. and Farmer, G.L. (2014). Research with Diverse Groups: Research Designs and Multivariate Latent Modeling for Equivalence (Pocket Guide to Social Work Research Methods) New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN-10: 0199914362


    Selected Presentations


    Farmer, G.L., Franklin, C. and Ding, X. (October, 2021). A revision of the GADE quality Guidelines for Ph.D. Programs. Council on Social Work Education, 2021 Annual Program Meeting. Orlando, Florida


    Brice, T.S., Farmer, G.L., LaSala, M. and Lee M.Y. (October, 2021). The State of Doctoral Education. Council on Social Work Education, 2021 Annual Program Meeting. Orlando, Florida

    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.



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