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Deborah Farmer

Position: Associate Professor Department: Behavioral Sciences

Contact Info

Office: Coltrane Hall, 106 Phone: 336-750-2974 Fax: 336-750-8650

Educational Background

  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Certificate in Sociology, Appalachian State University
  • MEd, Springfield College
  • BA, Gettysburg College

Research and Project Interests

  • Research Interests: healthy aging, quality of life in later life, and end-of-life concerns
  • Healthy aging: Annual service learning project conducted each spring in which Gerontology students assist with the local senior games, the Piedmont Plus Senior Games for Forsyth and Stokes counties. Students observe, assist and score games such as horseshoes, shuffleboard, cornhole and bocce.
  • End-of-life concerns: Conducted qualitative research studies with Dr. Cecile Yancu exploring attitudes, beliefs and practices of older African Americans concerning end-of-life issues, hospice and palliative care. This research has resulted in two publications and numerous presentations.
  • Funded grant: Bridging the Chasm: Reframing Palliative Care Communication Protocols Between End-of-Life Care Providers and African-American Adults, C.N. Yancu, Principal Investigator. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes (UNC-ECHO) Pilot Research Award Program, 2009-2011.