Laura Boyd Farmer has been appointed an assistant professor in the Educational Research Program of Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Farmer is one of 27 new tenure-track faculty members at the college this fall. The new hires are part of the college’s ongoing efforts to attract renowned scholars to strengthen and expand its teaching, research, and engagement programs. The college has added more than 100 full-time permanent faculty members in the past four years.

Farmer’s research interests include counselor competence with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients, LGBTQ-affirmative training, and mindfulness practices in counselor and K-12 education. She will teach counseling techniques, theories of counseling and consultation, counseling diverse populations, and ethics and advocacy issues in counselor education.

Farmer has contributed to scholarly publications including The Journal for Counselor Preparation and Supervision, and Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

She received her bachelor's degree from Bridgewater College, a master's degree and education specialist degree from James Madison University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.