Meridith Spencer, M.C.J.
program director, criminal justice
assistant professor, criminal justice
senior researcher, center for leadership in public service
program: criminal justice
Office Location: 108 Beacon Street, 5th Floor
- B.A., Political Science, Providence College
- Certificate, Public Administration, Providence College
- M.C.J., Criminal Justice, University of Colorado–Denver
- Graduate Certificate, Forensic Criminology, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
- Ph.D Candidate, Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
Professor Meridith Spencer began her teaching career as an adjunct professor at Fisher College in 2002 teaching Juvenile Justice while working full time with at risk, high risk, and court involved youth in a variety of settings ranging from residential treatment to juvenile diversion. Professor Spencer eventually began teaching as an adjunct at a variety of Boston area colleges, prior to joining Fisher College as an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Criminal Justice in 2011. Professor Spencer received her undergraduate degree in political science and public administration from Providence College, her master's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado, a graduate certificate in Forensic Criminology from the University of Massachusetts and is currently working towards her PhD in Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
In addition to teaching, Professor Spencer volunteers with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center as a Medical Advocacy Peer Supervisor supporting survivors in the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault. In 2011, she won the Melissa Gosule Award for outstanding service as a medical advocate.
Professor Spencer's research interests focus on sexual offending behavior, as well as criminal justice public policy. As a researcher with the Center for Leadership in Public Service at Fisher College, she is working on several projects relates to sexual assault; more specifically these projects aim to determine what factors influence survivors’ decisions to report to the police as well the impact of forensic evidence in sexual assault cases. In her doctoral studies, Professor Spencer is currently working on research that examines the impact of medical advocates on sexual assault survivors’ decisions to report to their assault to the police. Professor Spencer teaches courses in criminology, deviance and social control, corrections, juvenile justice, criminal law, public policy and investigations. She is passionate about bringing the real world into the classroom and encourages her students to do the same.