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Dr. Deborah Farmer

 Dr. Deborah Farmer

Deborah Farmer

Associate Professor

Office: 106 Coltrane Hall
Phone: 336.750.2974

Curriculum Vitae

Educational History

B.A.    Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

M.Ed.  Springfield College, Springfield, MA

Ph.D.   University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1996

Graduate Certificate in Sociology Appalachian State University 2012


Since coming to Winston-Salem State University in fall 2006, Dr. Deborah Farmer has taught numerous courses in the gerontology curriculum, in addition to developing and leading a general education course for the discipline. Farmer, who holds a graduate certificate in sociology from Appalachian State University, has also taught two sociology courses. She serves as advisor to the Gerontology Club, where she has worked with students on a number of service projects for older adults in the community, from volunteering with the Piedmont Plus Senior Games to sponsoring grandparent-led families for Christmas through the WSSU Grandparenting Program. Prior to coming to WSSU, Farmer served for over a decade in a research appointment at Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM). Her research there focused on health disparities, cancer screening and quality of life among older adults. While at WSSU, Farmer's research has focused on health disparities, end-of-life decision making and service learning for undergraduates. She is active in the community, volunteering weekly at Hanes Middle School and Ashley IB Magnet Elementary School.


Courses Taught

  • GER 2301     General Gerontology: The Ups and Downs of Aging
  • GER 3301     Aspects of Aging in Diverse Groups
  • GER 3302     Principles and Practices of Gerontology
  • GER 3303     Health-Related Functional Aspects of Gerontology
  • GER 4301     Research Methods and Evaluation in Gerontology
  • GER 4302     Dying, Death, and Bereavement
  • GER 4303     Senior Capstone Seminar
  • SOC 2326     Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • SOC 3352     Methods of Social Research

Selected Publications

  • Yancu CN, Farmer DF, Leaman D. Barriers to hospice use and palliative care services use by African-American adults. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2010:27(4):248-253.
  • Farmer DF, Bell RA. (2008). Factors associated with cancer screening among African American women. In N. T. Ileweng & E. B. Parsons (Eds.), Female African Americans and health research. New York: Nova Publishers, pp. 105-115.
  • Farmer DF, Jackson SA, Camacho F, Hall MA. Attitudes of African-American and low socioeconomic status white women toward medical research. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2007;18:86-100.
  • Farmer DF, Reddick B, D'Agostino R, Jr., Jackson SA.  Psychosocial correlates of mammography screening in older African American women. Oncology Nursing Forum 2007;34(1):117-123.
  • Foley KL, Farmer DF, Smith R, Petronis V, McGraw S, Smith K, Carver C, Avis NE.  A qualitative exploration of the cancer experience among long-term survivors:  Comparisons by cancer type, gender and age.  Psycho-Oncology 2006;15(3):248-258.


  • Farmer DF, Mathews S. Strategies to infuse gerontology into the undergraduate curriculum. Poster presentation at the 38th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, 2012, Arlington, VA.
  • Farmer DF, Mathews S. Effectiveness of student service learning partnerships for both providers and students. Poster presentation at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Gerontological Society, 2011, Raleigh, NC.
  • Farmer DF, Mathews S. Educating the next generation of gerontologists: The role of service learning in undergraduate education. Poster presentation at the North Carolina Conference on Aging/Governor's Conference on Aging, 2010, Durham, NC.
  • Farmer DF, Yancu, Leahman D. Effectiveness of community outreach in increasing African American hospice use. Poster presentation at the 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, 2009. Atlanta, GA.
  • Yancu C, Farmer DF, Leahman, D.  Barriers to hospice use among African Americans. Poster presentation at the 61st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, 2008. Harbor Heights, MD.

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