ABOUT ROBERT J. SPENCER, PH.D.
I am a neuropsychologist in Ann Arbor serving Washtenaw County and surrounding areas. I am Chief of Neuropsychology at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital and am on faculty at the University of Michigan as a Clinical Assistant Professor. I have contributed to the field of neuropsychology through research, clinical work, and education. Spencer Neuropsychology allows me to serve a diverse clientele who are in need of psychological assessment and the behavioral treatment of insomnia.
I completed formal graduate training at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, The Johns Hopkins University, and Clifton T. Perkins Forensic Hospital. I graduated from Loyola University in Maryland (M.S. in Clinical Psychology) and received my PhD from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (Clinical Psychology & Behavioral Medicine). My internship and post-doctoral fellowship were completed through the Ann Arbor VA with a focus in neuropsychology.
My research has included contributions as a scientist, reviewer and presenter. I have authored 61 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as: The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, and Military Medicine. I have written 3 book chapters, and made over 100 presentations at local, national, and international venues. I serve on one editorial board for the journal Perceptual & Motor Skills and am a frequent ad hoc reviewer of journal articles.
My work with patients has blended assessment, psychotherapy, and health psychology interventions. I have worked as a licensed psychologist in the Ann Arbor Area since 2010 serving Veterans as a neuropsychologist and a health psychologist. My clinical duties included performing neuropsychological evaluations (with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury and adult ADHD) and pre-surgery evaluations (with an emphasis on bariatrics) as well as conducting group and individual psychotherapy (primarily CBT for insomnia).
My educational contributions include supervision, mentorship, and classroom teaching. I'm the VA Lead for post-doctoral training within the Michigan Medicine-Ann Arbor VA Neuropsychological Training Consortium. Currently I mentor post- doctoral fellows, pre-doctoral interns, and graduate students. I have participated as a training consultant for the National Insomnia Program at the VA. I teach a weekly class on the interpretation of neuropsychological tests and objective personality instruments and have helped to create training videos on the assessment of traumatic brain injury, use of diagnostic statistics, and a guide for physicians on how to use neuropsychological services.
I look forward to serving Southeastern Michigan through my work at Spencer Neuropsychology.