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David Farmer, PhD


Dr. David Farmer is the Founding Director of the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Institutional Department of Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP). He has helped develop a culture of interprofessional collaboration across UNTHSC’s programs in medicine, pharmacy, health professions, public health, and biomedical sciences. He has led in the establishment of interprofessional education partnerships with Texas Christian University, The University of Texas Arlington, Texas Woman’s University, and Texas Wesleyan University to allow for collaboration across eleven health professions. Dr. Farmer leads initiatives in interprofessional faculty and clinical preceptor development.  As a faculty member in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Farmer works with medical students in the development of their clinical communication skills. He co-leads an HSC institutional initiative in emotional intelligence recognition and development with students, faculty, and staff. As a Clinical Executive with HSC’s SaferCare Texas, he participates in patient safety initiatives, focusing on team development and the creation of psychological safety. A Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Farmer came to UNTHSC with twenty-three years’ experience in the clinical practice of counseling psychology. Dr. Farmer received his PhD in Counseling and master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.