Tirzah Spencer

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Eval & Resrch Scientist III
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Tirzah R. Spencer, PhD, MPH is a Senior Research and Evaluation Scientist at Nemours Health and Prevention Services who focuses on the effect of culture, context and development on health outcomes among youth. Dr. Spencer's current interdisciplinary research activities include the evaluation of interventions at the family and community level and an examination of the effectiveness of community coalitions and community profiles to support clinical practices and community health. As a post-doctoral fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, she assisted in the implementation of a family-based obesity intervention among African American girls, and created a sub-study to examine the relationship between depressive symptoms and BMI. At the University of North Carolina, Dr. Spencer implemented an intergenerational behavioral change intervention to reduce obesity among African American females. Prior to her current position at Nemours Health and Prevention Services, Dr. Spencer engaged in collaborative and applied research with community-based organizations, foundations and local-government-funded initiatives. Areas of focus included assessing trajectories of risk and resiliency, and the development of positive mental and physical health outcomes among youth living in low-resource communities. Dr. Spencer received a B.A. in Neuroscience and African American Studies from Oberlin College, an M.P.H. in Social & Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health and a Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health from Pennsylvania State University. She is currently a recipient of the Delaware Clinical and Translational Research (DE-CTR) ACCEL Award focused on leveraging social networks and social capital to improve chronic health outcomes among youth.
Research Areas
Child and Family Studies
Demography/Population Studies
Public Health/Population Health/Public Policy