Trina Spencer, PhD

Arizona UCEDD
Institute for Human Development
Northern Arizona University
912 Riordan Ranch Road
PO Box 5630
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5630
Phone: 928-523-8103
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: November 06, 2013

Trina Spencer

Leadership Administrative Staff: Research Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Research Director
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Principal Investigator- Predictive Early Assessment of Reading and Language (PEARL); Evidence-Based Curricula in Health and Wellness; Assistant Research Professor/Research Director
Discipline(s): Speech-Language Pathology
Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
No Council Membership
Research: early childhood language development, early childhood literacy development, inclusive early childhood, measurement development, curriculum based measurement, narrative language, response to intervention, evidence based practice, procedures for teaching complex language to children with autism, behavior analysis, Direct Instruction, curriculum development and instructional design.
Education: The Ohio State University, The Center For Response To Intervention in Early Childhood - Post Doctoral Researcher
Utah State University - PhD in Disability Disciplines with emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education
Utah State University - MS in School Psychology with emphasis in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Service: Inservice training to disability coordinators for Head Start, Outreach to school districts providing RTI technical support


Dr. Spencer is a certified school psychologist, a board certified behavior analyst, and an early childhood special educator. She has taught courses on effective assessment and instruction, curriculum development, and language and literacy. Dr. Spencer has worked in schools and homes of young children with disabilities for 10 years and has recently converted her applied experience into research and program development.