206 Family Science Center (House A)
403 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
workOffice Phone: 706-542-9038
HDFS 2950 - Child Development
HDFS 4810-6810- Hospitalized Child and Family
HDFS 6830- Death, Dying, and Bereavement
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|PhD||Child Development||Texas Woman's University||2011|
|MA||Early Childhood Education||Concordia University||2005|
Dr. Spencer is interested in the emotional well-being of children in hospital settings and how to support children through death, dying, and bereavement. She is currently devleoping research on family satisfaction with child life services in Regional medical centers.
My focus is on evaluating the efficacy of Child Life services on patient and family coping during chronic and acute illness as well as patient death. This information is used to develop resources for Certified Child Life Specialists in clinical practice as well as students preparing for certification.
Child Development, Professional Development, Therapeutic Benefits of Play, Working with Hospitalized Children and Families, Death, Dying, and Bereavement, Practicum and Internship
Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children Board Member 2017- present
Little Lives Matter Faculty Advisor 2016-present
Southern Early Childhood Association Editiorial Reviewer 2015-present
National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference Proposal Reviewer 2014-present
Stress and Coping in Childhood
Children's understanding of death, dying, and bereavement
Social and emotional devleopment in children
|Organization / Department||Title||Years of Service|
|US Navy||Administrator of Child and Youth Programs||5|
|Tarleton State University||Assistant Professor||3|
Spencer, K. (Summer 2014). On second thought…Why some families don’t seem involved. Texas Child Care Quarterly.
Spencer, K. & Petty, K. (Summer 2007). How do they do it? Second language acquisition in
pre-k. Texas Child Care Quarterly.
Stephens, E. & Spencer, K. (winter 2013). Supporting children’s literacy development: A collection of authentic tools. Texas Child Care Quarterly.
Wise, B.A. (2015). Little Investigators Play and Grow Curriculum. Chicago: Robert-Leslie Publishing.