Jennifer Farley

A photo of Jennifer Farley

Associate Professor

Social Work

206I Marshall


[email protected]


  • Ph.D., Social Work, Michigan State University
  • Specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood, Inter-disciplinary Graduate Studies, Michigan State University
  • MSW, Clinical Concentration, Michigan State University
  • BBA, Business Administration, Western Michigan University
  • BS, Criminal Justice, Western Michigan University


Dr. Farley’s research centers on the mental health needs and treatment interventions for at-risk young children, parents and their families. Specific interests include the assessment of parent-child interactions and family relationships, parent knowledge and competence, symbolic play, emotion regulation and the influence of the clinical relationship on parental stress and well-being. Currently, Dr. Farley is working on a funded study with a community mental health early childhood program focused on identifying specific tenants of the clinician-parent relationship and its impact on child and parent treatment outcomes. Prior to academia, Dr. Farley was a clinician serving children and families in Western-Wayne County for eleven years.


  • Farley, J. and Threadgould, M. (October 7-8, 2015). Relational Play Therapy for Preschoolers. Presentation for Merrill Palmer Institute of Wayne State University and the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. Southfield, Michigan.
  • Farley, J., and Whipple, E.E. (June, 2015). Integrating Play Therapy and Infant Mental Health in Community Mental Health Settings. Poster Presentation for the World Association of Infant Mental Health. Edinburgh, Scotland.


  • SWRK 317/318 Interpersonal Foundations of Social Work Practice
  • SWRK 408 Individual and Family Social Work Practice
  • SWRK 450 Social Work Practice with Women and Girls
  • SWRK 488/489 Field Experience I and II


  • Licensed clinical social worker (LMSW), State of Michigan
  • Registered play therapist supervisor (RPT-S), International Association for Play Therapy
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Michigan Association for Play Therapy, previous board member, 20102012
  • International Association for Play Therapy
  • Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health World 
  • Alliance for Infant Mental Health