College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Candace Farrell is a licensed clinical social worker with 15 years of experience providing diagnostic assessment and evidence-based treatment to children, adolescents, and adults. She received a Masters of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from Columbia University in 2003. Her primary areas of practice expertise include child/adolescent mental health, with a focus on treating behavioral and mood issues. She also has specific expertise in treating child, adolescent, and adult survivors of childhood adversity and trauma using approaches such as TF-CBT. Dr. Farrell returned to school after years in community mental health and private practice. She completed her PhD in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. Her research has focused on elucidating the neurodevelopmental risk processes associated with childhood toxic stress and adolescent mental health outcomes in at risk populations. She has investigated the impact of trauma on adolescent perinatal depression in adolescent mothers, as well as complex trauma interventions for abused and neglected adolescents.
After earning her doctorate, Dr. Farrell completed a NICHD funded T-32 Post Doctoral Fellowship with the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Working in the lab of Dr. Aysenil Belger, she utilized neuroimaging and heart rate methodology to study the effects of victimization and acute stress on brain function and maturation in adolescents at-risk for developing psychosis. Dr. Farrell’s current research centers on developing better models of conceptualizing, assessing, and treating the impact of developmental trauma and stress on child, adolescent, and adult mental health.
Dr. Farrell has been teaching Social Work classes at the undergraduate and masters level since 2012. She has taught a variety of courses including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Core Concepts of Child and Adolescent Trauma; Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis; Advanced Integrated Social Work Practice; and Service Learning. She has presented posters and papers at numerous local, national, and international conferences since 2010, including at the Society for Social Work Research, the Society for Biological Psychiatry, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dr. Farrell has publications in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Social Work in Mental Health, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.