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Laura Farmer

Assistant Professor


  • Counselor Education
  • Leadership, Counseling and Research
  • (formerly Educational Leadership and Policy Studies)

Dr. Laura Farmer is an Assistant Professor of education specializing in Counselor Education.  A Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in Virginia, she earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech.  Dr. Farmer has an active research agenda focusing on two primary areas inspired by her clinical interests: counseling clients with diverse identities of gender and affectional orientation, and mindfulness practices in educational settings. She has been an invited presenter on topics related to LGBTQ-affirmative counseling and mindfulness practices with children and adolescents.  She contributes greatly to the field through her many presentations at state, regional, and national conferences.

In addition to being actively involved in research and teaching, Dr. Farmer also engages in service activities. She currently serves as President of a newly established organization, the Virginia Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (VA-ALGBTIC). In 2015, Dr. Farmer was honored with the Service Award from the Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling in recognition of her exemplary contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.  She remains involved in a variety of community service efforts, including her role as co-facilitator of a peer-based support group for LGBTQ+ youth in Roanoke.  Dr. Farmer’s contributions through teaching, research, and service enrich the Virginia Tech School of Education community.

Beyond her work life, Laura savors quality time with her partner, two children, and two furry children (a dog and cat).  She loves hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains surrounding Blacksburg and Roanoke, playing outdoor volleyball, and enjoying live music.


Ph.D.  Counselor Education, Virginia Tech, 2011

M.A., Ed.S Community Counseling, James Madison University, 2007

B.S. Psychology, Bridgewater College, 2003

Licensed Professional Counselor—Virginia #0701004797

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor—Virginia #0710102339

Approved Clinical Supervisor--#ACS01038

  • Counseling Techniques
  • Theories of Counseling and Consultation
  • Expressive and Experiential Techniques in Counseling
  • Ethics and Advocacy Issues in Counselor Education
  • Internship/Practicum

Dr. Farmer’s research interests include counselor competence with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients; LGBTQ-affirmative training; clinical supervision techniques and pedagogy to develop counselor personhood; mindfulness practices in counselor education; mindfulness in K-12 education. Recent publications in the Journal for Multicultural Counseling and Development, Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, and The Professional Counselor demonstrate dedication to her research interests. Her involvement in grant-funded projects also exemplifies commitment to the field. Her research expertise informs the courses that she teaches, such as Counseling Techniques, Theories of Counseling and Consultation, and Expressive and Experiential Techniques in Counseling.

Farmer, L. B. & Byrd, R. B. (in press). Genderism in the LGBTQQIA community: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. doi: 10.1080/15538605.2015.1103679 

Sackett, C. R., Hartig, N., Bodenhorn, N., Farmer, L. B., Ghoston, M., Graham, J., & Lile, J. (in press). Advising master’s students pursuing doctoral study: A survey of the counselor education and supervision field. The Professional Counselor.

Bodenhorn, N., Hartig, N., Ghoston, M., Graham, J., Lile, J., Sackett, C. R., Farmer, L. B. (2014). Counselor education faculty positions: Requirements and preferences in CESNET announcements 2005-2009. The Journal for Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 6(1).

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

Welfare, L. E., Farmer, L. B., & Lile, J. (2013). Empirical evidence for the importance of conceptualizing client strengths. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development, 52(2), 146-163. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2013.00039.x

Farmer, L. B. & Disque, G. (2013). Harmonic inquiry: A supervision technique for developing selves-awareness. In Ideas and research you can use: VISTAS 2013. Retrieved from


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