Meet Our Staff - Spencer Psychology

Jennifer Spencer, PhD, HSPP

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Owner/Psychologist Dr. Spencer holds  a master’s degree and a doctorate  in counseling psychology. She has been a clinician for nearly 30 years, and opened Spencer Psychology in 2003. Prior to 2003, she was the manager of a community mental health center for several years, and the clinical director of a battered women’s shelter. She also has worked in college counseling centers, schools,… Read more →

Alison Leslie, LCSW

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Ms. Leslie received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver, with a certificate in Animal Assisted Social Work in 2007. She continues her collaboration with the University of Denver as an adjunct professor in the Institute for Human-Animal Connection. Ms. Leslie has over ten years of experience, working with children, families, college students and adults. Ms.… Read more →

Laura Swinford, SEP, LCSW

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Ms. Swinford studied psychology and social work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she received both her Bachelor of Arts and her Master’s in Social Work. She has served in the field of family mental health with more than 15 years of clinical experience, and is also a published author of research work in the mental health field. Ms.… Read more →

Bree Russo, LCSW, RPT-S

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Ms. Russo studied psychology at Indiana University where she earned a bachelor’s degree. She holds a Masters degree in social work from Washington University. She also is a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor, recognized by the Association for Play Therapy. Ms. Russo specializes in treating children and adolescents, and has worked in a variety of settings including residential treatment, acute care,… Read more →

Tiffany Leonard, LMHC

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Ms. Leonard holds a bachelor’s degree in child development and family studies from West Virginia University, and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Liberty University. Ms. Leonard uses an eclectic approach with her clients, tailoring techniques to suit each client’s individual needs. Her specialty area is children and adolescents, with a secondary specialty in young adults. She… Read more →

Leslie Ruiz, LCSW

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Ms. Ruiz holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Indiana University, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Ruiz uses an eclectic approach with her clients, tailoring techniques to suit each client’s individual needs. She has a diverse work experience that includes community mental health, inpatient crisis care and hospitalization, and residential… Read more →

Terrie Vannatta, PhD, HSPP

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Dr. Vannatta is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing since 1985. She has a master’s degree and a doctorate in psychology. Dr. Vannatta owned her own group practice (Associates in Behavioral Counseling) in Muncie for fifteen years prior to joining Spencer Psychology in the summer of 2018. She also taught classes in psychology at Ball State University. Dr. Vannatta… Read more →

Margaret (Meg) Lewis, LMHC, ATR-BC

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Meg Lewis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist. She earned a Master’s of Science degree in Art Therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting from Ohio Northern University. As an Art Therapist, Meg integrates person centered therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and… Read more →

Rebecca Martinez, PhD, HSPP

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Dr. Rebecca Martinez is a tenured faculty member at Indiana University in the Counseling Psychology Program. She joined Spencer Psychology part-time in the fall of 2018. Dr. Martinez has worked with children, adolescents and adults in various capacities as a bilingual elementary school teacher, psychologist, consultant, public speaker, clinical supervisor, coach, and expert witness for court. Dr. Martinez’s research background is multifaceted,… Read more →

Melissa Hinkle, LCSW

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Melissa Hinkle received her undergraduate degree at The University of Miami of Florida, in  1988. She received her master’s degree from Norfolk State University in 1991. She has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health care, hospitals, residential care, a detention center, and at Milestones. Ms. Hinkle uses play therapy, art, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, problem… Read more →

Misha Graves, PhD, NCSP

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Dr. Graves received her master’s degree in educational psychology and doctorate in school psychology from Indiana University. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and has 15 years of experience working directly with children and adolescents and adults in various capacities. Dr. Graves has worked in residential treatment centers, community mental health centers, and has most recently served the special… Read more →

Bryan Shepard, LCSW

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Mr. Shepard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Indiana State University, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Indiana University. He has over ten years of experience, and has served in a wide variety of positions throughout his career including mental health inpatient hospitals, case management with community mental health centers, homebased skills training and therapy, and private… Read more →

Mia Morrison, LMHC

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Mia Morrison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Masters and Educational Specialist Degree both from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!). She has over ten years of experience working in the mental health field, including experience in inpatient and residential psychiatric care; counseling and educational services to at risk college students at Butler and Marian University; and a wide range… Read more →

Sara McElroy, BSW

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Ms. McElroy is our office manager. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Indiana University.  She focused her studies on gerontology and social services in a long-term care setting. Over the years, Ms. McElroy has provided administrative and program support for various consultants and businesses throughout the Bloomington community, including the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.  She has also… Read more →

Mark Spencer, BS

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Mr. Spencer is the co-owner of Spencer Psychology, with his primary duties around providing information technology support to the practice, along with the development and maintenance of our electronic records system. He also works to align the practice with HIPAA privacy guidelines. Mr. Spencer is full-time staff at Indiana University, as the manager of network engineers. He has staff on… Read more →

Roopa Jagidar

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Ms. Jagidar is our receptionist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Ambedkar University in India, and a Diploma in Computer and Commercial Practice from Kamala Nehru Polytechnic for Women in India. She speaks four languages fluently, and joined her husband in the US when he entered a PhD program at Indiana University. Ms. Jagidar keeps our front office… Read more →

Noah Spencer

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Mr. Spencer is our office assistant. He is a full-time undergraduate psychology major at IU, and has worked for the practice for several years now, with increasingly complex duties. He currently handles overflow tasks from our office manager, accounts, reporting, building maintenance, IT tasks, our research project, and helps with procedures to increase efficiency for the front office. His current… Read more →