Thomas Farmer

Thomas Farmer, PsyD

Thomas Farmer
Campus: 
Washington
Department of Counseling & Health Psychology

Current Roles

Dr. Farmer is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Health Psychology and the director of clinical training for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology (MSNCHP). He also serves as a clinical supervisor for counseling at Bastyr Center for Natural Health and is a core faculty in the Department of Counseling and Health Psychology.

Education

  • PsyD in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University: Chicago, IL.
  • BA in psychology from Northwestern University: Evanston, IL

Past Experience

Dr. Farmer completed his doctoral internship at Miami Children’s Hospital, where he provided assessment and treatment with children/adolescents/families with a range of medical illness and psychopathology. In addition, Dr. Farmer has trained at the University of Chicago Hospitals with a focus on pediatric psychology and neuropsychology. As a licensed professional, Dr. Farmer also has extensive experience with psychological assessment working across the lifespan, as well as therapy with both children and adults. He has continued to work in private practice as well as working in multiple psychiatric hospitals through his medical privileges. Dr. Farmer has supervised multiple doctoral students in their practica.

From an academic standpoint, Dr. Farmer has served as the Director of Training and the Director of the MA Psychology Programs at Roosevelt University.

Classes Taught

Consultation of Practice, Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment, Basic Clinical Skills, Biopsychology, Personality Theories and Therapy, Ethics & Law, Family Systems, Research Methods, and numerous undergraduate courses, including some with service learning components. 

Interests

Dr. Farmer’s professional interests include teaching, clinical work and supervision, and administrative work. He enjoys the balance of taking on the many roles of a psychologist. As a system focused treatment provider and educator, Dr. Farmer has an interest in how larger systems impact individuals, and the converse. As a result, he values advocacy and participatory research. As a faculty member in a counseling program, he has been working with students to better understand the “counseling identity.” The research hopes to gain a greater awareness of not only near experience of counseling activities, but also the larger political influences on the counseling field. Through this research, Dr. Farmer believes he can be not only a better instructor for students, but also, a better advocate. Dr. Farmer was the co-author of a chapter on Multicultural Neuropsychological Assessment. He has always had a specific interest in cultural understanding in not only his clinical work, but in how he teaches students as well. 

Dr. Davis is an active member of the Council of Applied Master’s in Psychology Programs, as well as the Council of Master’s in Counseling Training Programs. Previously, he has served on both local and national training organizations. 

Philosophy

As a system focused clinician and instructor, Dr. Farmer hopes to examine complex relationships that can be understood best in a circular fashion, yet addressed only through linear approximations. In the classroom, this approach hopefully brings a focus beyond content and toward “critical thinking.” Solutions that often appear to be simple, may actually be that simple. Yet at the same time, the same solutions may also be paradoxically part of the problem. Through dialectical debate and understanding, Dr. Farmer hopes to instill critical thinking and perspective-taking on any issue.

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Thomas Farmer, PsyD
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