Professor - Interim Dean
Dr. Fargo is a professor in the Department of Psychology, where he is affiliated with the graduate emphasis in Sociobehavioral Epidemiology. He is currently serving as Interim Dean of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services.
Dr. Fargo's primary research interests focus on preventing and ending homelessness, particularly among veterans, as well as preventing injury and victimization. His research is driven by the premise that prevention is the optimum solution to many behavioral and social problems, and thus is focused on ascertaining and defining their characteristics and etiology. Dr. Fargo also has extensive methodological expertise in the application of modern psychometric, latent variable, and mixed-effects modeling techniques to research problems in the sociobehavioral, epidemiological, and educational sciences. He routinely teaches graduate-level quantitative methodology courses.
Dr. Fargo earned master’s degrees in clinical psychology (2003) and quantitative epidemiology (2008), as well as a PhD in experimental psychology (2004) from the University of Cincinnati. He was a research scientist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, working with the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans and both the Salt Lake City and Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. He also previously worked at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a senior research investigator in the Center for Health Equity Research, a biostatistician in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and an associate fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives.
In 2005, he founded the Office of Methodological and Data Sciences at Utah State University (now known at the Stat Studio), which he directed until 2009. Dr. Fargo served in the college as associate dean for research from 2014 to 2019, where he directed the Office of Research Services.
Please contact Dr. Fargo if you are interested in collaborating with him. He mentors graduate students in a supportive environment with the goal of developing well-rounded, proficient, and independent scholars.