Melissa Spencer

Academic Title

Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Counselor Educator Identity

Food Insecurity

Multicultural Issues in Counseling

Racial Trauma


My primary research interests include racial trauma and mental health stigma surrounding African Americans and African American college students. I am interested in the way the medical professions historical mistreatment of African Americans influences the consumption of mental health services. My other interests include food insecurity in collegiate athletes, community outreach of mental health services, and cyberbullying.

  • Ph.D., Ph.D., The University of Mississippi
  • M.S., Jackson State University
  • B.S., Belhaven College

Play Therapy

Inpatient & Outpatient Mental Health Treatment

Substance Use

Serious Mental Illness

Applied Behavior Analysis with individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Spencer, M., et al. (2021). African American College Students First Experiences in Counseling.[Doctoral dissertation, The University of Mississippi]. ProQuest.