Educational Background

• University of Missouri-Columbia, PhD, Clinical Psychology, May 1991
• Kansas State University, MS, Experimental Psychology, August 1975
• University of Kansas at Lawrence, BA, With Highest Distinction, May 1972


• Psychologist, Missouri License # PY 01521, May 1992
• Health Services Provider, State of Missouri, October 1993

About Dr. Farmer

• Dr. Janet Farmer is the Research Initiatives Liaison in the School of Health Professions Dean’s Office. Her role is to advance collaborative research initiatives within SHP and across the MU Health System and campus.

• Dr. Farmer is a Professor of Health Psychology (Emerita) in the School of Health Professions. She is a clinical psychologist with a diplomate in rehabilitation psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. From 2005-2012, Dr. Farmer served as the founding director of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Director of Academic Programs. From 2013-2016, she served as Associate Dean of Research in the School of Health Professions.

• Throughout her career, Dr. Farmer has focused on ways to improve quality of life for children with special health care needs and their families, including those with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental concerns. Her research investigates interventions that promote healthy development and improve family outcomes, especially through advances in health service delivery and public policy. Currently, her studies examine ways to enhance early identification of children with developmental concerns from low income and minority groups served by the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Dr. Farmer has received grant funding from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth and the Missouri Foundation for Health.