Saint Louis University

Grant Farmer, PhD, MPH, MA
Adjunct Assistant Professor, SLUCOR


Contact Information
Office # 493-B
3545 Lafayette Ave, Salus Center
St. Louis, MO 63104
Office: (314) 977-8233

Education and Training

B.S. Truman State University (psychology)
M.P.H. Saint Louis University (epidemiology)
M.A. University of Connecticut (social psychology)
Ph.D. Saint Louis University (public health studies--epidemiology)


• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) health
• Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Treatment
• Substance Use and Chronic Illness
• Social support and disease prevention/management


Dr. Farmer's research interests center on chronic disease and chronic disease prevention in sexual
minority populations, particularly issues relating to cardiovascular disease. His dissertation
research will utilize both nationally representative and clinic-based data to examine the
relationship between the prevalence and patterns of tobacco use among sexual minority men
and women and potential disparities in cardiovascular disease and disease risk. In addition to
his work with SLUCOR faculty, he also worked as a data analyst for the National Children's
Study Gateway Study Center and was a Pre-doctoral mentee in the National Mentoring and
Training Program in LGBT Population Health sponsored by The Fenway Institute & Boston
University School of Public Health.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Farmer, G.W., Johnson, B.T. (2010, November). Impact of safe sex portrayals in pornography: A
controlled Internet-based trial. Poster session presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.

Farmer, G.W., Handrick, M.S., Peterson, K., Scharff, D.P., Mayer, J.P. & Copanas, K. (2009, November). Balancing resources and needs: Using GIS to create asset maps of essential resources for Healthy Start participants in St. Louis, MO. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA. 

Farmer, G.W., Mayer, J. P. & Leet, T. L. (2007, November). Does maternal residence affect adequacy of prenatal care utilization? Poster session presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.

Heckert, T.M., Droste, H.E., Farmer, G.W., Adams, P.J., Bradley, J.C., & Bonness, B.M. (2002). Effect of gender and work experience on importance of job characteristics when considering job offers. College Student Journal, 36, 344-356.

Farmer, G. W. & Heckert, T. M. (2001, March). The impact of being "out": Self-disclosure of sexual orientation and its relation to self-esteem, sexual anxiety, and religiosity among lesbians and gay males. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, DC.