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CFS associate professor inspires students and university leaders in Chile

Trina Spencer, PhD, BCBA-D and student Francisca Pozo

Spencer serves as the international committee member on Francisca Pozo's dissertation committee.

As the international committee member on a student's dissertation committee, Trina D. Spencer, PhD, BCBA-D, associate professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS), traveled to Chile to share her research findings and provide consultation to university leaders.

Trina Spencer

Spencer attends one of the seminars in Chile.

Spencer does work with an innovative educational model called multi-tiered system of language instruction and conducts clinical practice research – specifically implementation research. She served as the primary speaker at two seminars, discussing multi-tiered systems of support and the concept of implementation science.

Her presentation, titled “Institutional Conditions that Support the Development of a Science for Public Impact in Health and Education” particularly inspired Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile administration members to consider some of the recommendations she offered and recognize the drivers and barriers to researchers making strong clinical impact. She also met with members of Chile’s Ministry of Education and Department of Social Development to share ideas and strategies for building stronger researcher-practitioner partnerships.

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