Phone: (919) 966-5772
B.S., Biology/Psychology, Yale College
M.D., Harvard Medical School
Internship, Medical/ Pediatric, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Residency, Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Training Program
Dr. Spencer’s main interest is the clinical practice of outpatient psychiatry including diagnostic evaluation and integrated psychotherapy. This broad approach makes use of psychodynamic therapy but also cognitive/ behavior and pharmacotherapy. He supervises residents on their long-term therapy cases and makes presentations in-state and around the country to demonstrate novel ways to teach psychotherapy. He has written two plays that have been presented to mental health audiences and a number of short stories and columns that have been published in UNC magazines and local newspapers. Dr. Spencer's bio is included in "Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care" and "Who's Who in America" 60th Ed. as well as "Guide to America's Top Psychiatrists" '09 Ed.
- "A Letter Bit of Therapy" a one act play by R. Spencer, presented at meetings of the Southern Psychiatric Association in Oct. 2000, APA in Oct. 2003 and Medicine and Humanities Conference, Duke University, April 2004.
- "Tapes From the Dead" a play in two acts by R. Spencer, performed by T. Yuschok at Am Acad of Psa, San Francisco May 20, 2003 and Southern Psychiatric Association Oct. 10, 2003.
- Panel on “Growing up Hyphenated: Children of Immigrants” chaired by Professor James Peacock, UNC Center for International Studies, August 29, 2002.
- Psychotherapy in Perilous Times” with Theresa Yuschok MD, presented to Dorothea Dix and UNC Grand Rounds, November 2001, and Duke Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, December 2001. Presented to Gaston-Lincoln-Cleveland Mental Health Center, Gastonia NC on January 17, 2002, Wilmington AHEC, May 6, 2002, and Mountain AHEC, Asheville, June 18, 2002.
- “Diagnosis and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” at High Point Mental health Center, High Point, NC, October 6, 1989.