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Transformational gift will help advance children’s health

Jan. 19, 2022  A generous gift from Janet and John Farmer will continue Janet Farmer’s legacy of advancing children’s health, especially children with special health care needs.  As a long-time faculty member in the Department of Health Psychology, Janet Farmer’s research focused on ways to enhance quality of life for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular interest in early intervention, health promotion and interdisciplinary care coordination.  “Dr. Farmer has dedicated her career to scholarship and clinical services to support children and their families,” said Dean Kristofer Hagglund. “The Janet and John Farmer Endowed Faculty Fund in Child Health will support outstanding faculty following in Dr. Farmer’s footsteps.”  Janet Farmer achieved many “firsts” throughout her career, including becoming the first board-certified rehabilitation psychologist specializing in pediatrics in Missouri. She established pediatric psychology and neuropsychology programs in the Department of Health Psychology and led the development of pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship training programs. In 2005, Dr. Farmer became the founding director of the interdisciplinary Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, where she served through...

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