Chelsea Spencer

Chelsea Spencer

Research Assistant Professor

Contact Information

211 Campus Creek Complex


  • Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas State University (2018)
  • M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas State University (2016)
  • B.S. in Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University (2013)

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Kansas, License No. 2914

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Intimate Partner Homicide
  • Sexual Violence
  • Meta-Analysis

Courses Taught

  • FSHS 806: Statistical Methods in Family Studies and Human Services

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Chelsea M. Spencer, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor in the Couple and Family Therapy program in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Kansas State University. Dr. Spencer's research focuses primarily on intimate partner violence, intimate partner homicide, and sexual violence. Much of her research has focused on identifying factors associated with risk for violence perpetration and victimization. She specializes in conducting meta-analyses and other quantitative research methods. Dr. Spencer also conducts research for the Department of Defense and United States Air Force. This work is also focused on domestic violence prevention and intervention.

Dr. Spencer serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. She is currently a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), and the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA). Dr. Spencer is also clinically active and specialized in the use of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Her clinical specialization includes working with individuals who have experienced trauma.

Personal Information

Dr. Spencer enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, and spoiling her cat, Bellatrix (aka Bella).

Vita (pdf)