Professor Antoinette Y. Farmer, PhD, has been appointed as a member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)’s Commission on Educational Policy (COEP) for a three-year term effective July 1, 2019. COEP identifies pedagogical concerns in social work education and works with other CSWE bodies to address these issues. The commission reviews current CSWE programs related to educational policy and planning, and suggests activities that would strengthen and expand CSWE's leadership role in matters of education. Finally, the commission periodically writes a statement of social work curriculum policy that is used by the Commission on Accreditation to formulate CSWE's accreditation standards.
Dr. Farmer’s research examines the social and interpersonal factors that affect parenting as well as how parenting practices influence adolescent high risk behaviors, such as delinquency and substance use. Another strand of her research focuses on social work education, where she studies the effects of the implicit curriculum on students’ outcomes and the use of research methods to study issues affecting diverse groups. She co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Social Service Research, which was devoted to informing researchers of the methodological issues confronting them when conducting research with minority and oppressed populations. She is the coauthor of the book “Research with Diverse Groups: Research Designs and Multivariate Latent Modeling for Equivalence”.
Her research has been published in Social Work, Journal of Social Service Research, and Children and Youth Services Review. She, along with her colleagues Dr. N. Andrew Peterson and Dr. Allison Zippay, received the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)'s Best Quantitative Article Award in 2015 for their article “The implicit curriculum in an urban university setting: Pathways to student’s empowerment. Her article entitled, “The effects of parenting stress, perceived mastery, and maternal depression, on parent-child interaction” is the 6th most cited article for the Journal of Social Service Research. She is currently on the editorial board for the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought. Dr. Farmer has also presented at numerous national and international conferences. She is a Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Fellow.