Courtney Farmer, Ph.D.

Courtney Farmer, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

Courtney Farmer, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Courtney Farmer is a licensed psychologist (PSY28514) with expertise in evidence-based treatments for anxiety, mood, and trauma-related disorders.  She also specializes in the treatment of emotion dysregulation, interpersonal communication difficulties, and adjustment to life transitions.  Dr. Farmer’s warm, collaborative, and authentic approach to psychotherapy allows clients a safe and comfortable space to make efficient and long-lasting change.  Dr. Farmer utilizes active strategies to help clients reduce distressing psychological symptoms while enhancing meaning and quality of life through increased awareness of personal strengths, goals, and values.  She primarily works with adults and older adolescents.

Dr. Farmer received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  During graduate school, she trained at the Center for Trauma Recovery and was involved in multiple randomized controlled trials examining the efficacy and effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for PTSD.  Dr. Farmer completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, followed by her postdoctoral fellowship training at Stanford University’s School of Medicine.  Throughout her education, Dr. Farmer received extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

In addition to her work at PAG, Dr. Farmer is a member of the faculty at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium.  She greatly enjoys her role as clinical supervisor to graduate students learning to implement psychotherapy. 

Selected Publications

Galovski, T.E., Harik, J.M., Blain, L.M., Farmer, C.C., Turner, D., & Houle, T. (2016). Identifying Patterns and Predictors of PTSD and Depressive Symptom Change during Cognitive Processing Therapy. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40, 617-626.

Farmer, C.C., Mitchell, K.S., Parker-Guilbert, Kelly, & Galovski, T.E. (2016). Fidelity to the cognitive processing therapy protocol: Evaluation of critical elements. Behavior Therapy.

Israel, J.I., White, K.S., Farmer, C.C., Pardue, C.M., Gervino, E.V. (2015). Heart-focused anxiety in patients with noncardiac chest pain: structure and validity. Assessment, 1-9.

Galovski, T.E., Williams, A.M., & Chappuis, C. (2013). Treatment of sexual assault victims.  In J. Sigal & F. Denmark (Eds.). Violence against women across the lifespan. Praeger Publishers.

Galovski, T.E., Blain, L.M., Chappuis, C. & Fletcher, T. (2013).  Sex differences in recovery from PTSD in male and female interpersonal assault survivors. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51, 247-255.

McClain, A.D., Chappuis, C., Nguyen-Rodriguez, S.T., Yaroch, A.L., & Spruijt-Metz, D. (2009). Psychosocial correlates of eating behavior in children and adolescents: A review.  International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 6:54.