- Affirmative counseling with LGBTQ+ clients and students
- Gender diversity
- Mindfulness in education
- Counselor identity development
- Founding President of the Virginia Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling
- Association for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling and Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling Joint Task Force to develop competencies for research and assessment with LGBTQ persons
- Tau Eta Kappa, VT Chapter Advisor for Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honors Society
- Youth SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance) of Roanoke, Founder and facilitator - peer-based support Group for LGBTQ+ youth
- Ph. D. Virginia Tech, Counselor Education
- M.A., Ed.S. James Madison University, Community Counseling
- B.S. Bridgewater College, Psychology
Awards and Honors
Humanitarian and Caring Person of the Year Award, November 2016. Virginia Counselors Association Annual Convention.
Service Award, March 2015. Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling. Presented at the American Counseling Association Annual Convention: Orlando, FL.
Farmer, L. B., & Chan, C. D. (in press). Intersectional identities: A self-reflective activity for outreach programming and workshops. In Whitman, J. S. & Boyd, C. J. (Eds.), The therapist’s notebook for sexual and gender identity diverse clients: Homework, handouts, and activities for use in counseling, training, and psychotherapy. New York: Harrington Park Press.
Byrd, R. B., & Farmer, L. B. (in press). Expanding binary thinking: An intervention for parents and caregivers of transgender and gender expansive youth. In Whitman, J. S. & Boyd, C. J. (Eds.), The therapist’s notebook for sexual and gender identity diverse clients: Homework, handouts, and activities for use in counseling, training, and psychotherapy. New York: Harrington Park Press.
Chan, C. D., Erby, A., Farmer, L. B., & Friday, A. (in press). LGBTQ identity development. In Killam, W. & Degges-White, S. (Eds.), College student development: Applying theory to practice on the diverse campus. New York: Springer Publishing.
Chan, C., & Farmer, L. B. (in press). Making the case for interpretative phenomenological analysis with LGBTGEQ+ persons and communities. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling.
Goodrich, K. M., Farmer, L. B., Watson, J. W., Davis, R. J., Luke, M., Dispenza, F., Akers, W., & Griffith, C. (in press). Standards of care in assessment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender expansive, and queer/questioning (LGBTGEQ+) persons. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. Retrieved from http://www.algbtic.org/standards-of-care.html
Farmer, L. B. (2017). An examination of counselors’ religiosity, spirituality, and lesbian-, gay-, and bisexual-affirmative counselor competence. The Professional Counselor, 7(2), 114-128. doi: 10.15241/lbf.7.2.114
Farmer, L. B., Sackett, C. R., Lile, J., Bodenhorn, N., Hartig, N., Graham, J., & Ghoston, M. (2017). An exploration of the perceived impact of post-master’s experience on doctoral study in counselor education and supervision. The Professional Counselor, 7(1) 15-32. doi: 10.15241/lbf.7.1.15
Farmer, L. B., & Byrd, R. B. (2015). Genderism in the LGBTQQIA community: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 9(4), 288-310. doi: 10.1080/15538605.2015.1103679
Farmer, L. B., Welfare, L. E., & Burge, P. L. (2013). Counselor competence with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients: Differences among practice settings. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 41(4), 194-209. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1912.2013.00036.x
Brossoie, N., Lawson, G., Piercy, F., Farmer, L. B., & Welfare, L. E. Recipient grant to implement Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training for students in health professions in rural southwest Virginia. SAMHSA, $945,000, 2015-2018.