Dorothy Farrel DM

SCHOOL OF Arts and Sciences

Dorothy Farrel, DM

Assistant Professor


Social Work



Dorothy Farrel DM



Dr. Farrel has more than 25 years of social work practice with a commitment to empowering and engaging oppressed and vulnerable populations. Her background includes the fields of addiction and medical social work, private practice, foster care, adoption, and nonprofit administration. In addition, Dr. Farrel served as an executive director for a nonprofit that provided wrap-around services to abused, homeless, and sex-trafficking teenage victims.


Dr. Farrel received her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, where she focused on nonprofit effectiveness.  She has held several academic appointments since 2007 including online and traditional programs. She joined the Brandman team in August 2017.



  • Social Work


D.M. in Organizational Leadership

University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

Dissertation: “Measuring Nonprofit Effectiveness”

MSW: Social Work, Certificate in School Social Work

Colorado State University

Thesis: “Community Poverty: A Community Analysis”

BSW: Social Work Minor: Sociology

Colorado State University
Areas of Concentration: Journalism, Proposal Writing

Scholarly Activities

Christenson, B.L., Panos, P., Krase, K., DeLong Hamilton, T., Buchan, V.V., Farrel, D., Harris-Jackson, T., Gerritsen-McKane, R., Rodenhiser, R.W.

Evaluating Outcomes of Social Work Education: Field Practicum Placement Assessment Instrument (FPPAI) 

Field Educator, 5(1). 

Farrel, D., Christenson, B., & Rich, T.

Workshop: Engaging students at a distance: Integration of Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning

Annual BPD Conference, New Orleans, LA

Farrel, D., and Rich, T.

What Are Social Work Faculty Experience with Using Gender Neutral Pronouns in the Classroom: A Phenomenlogical Study

21st Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA

Professional Experiences


Ability Home Health, Fort Collins, CO

Medical Social Work.

LCSW, Therapist

A Wiser Mind, Fort Collins, CO

In home therapy for aging adults.

Executive Director

A & A Cottages, Mesa, AZ

Director of a nonprofit serving abused and homeless youth.


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