Becky Spencer Ph.D., RN, IBCLC

Associate Professor


Becky Spencer Ph.D., RN, IBCLC

ASB 125


Becky Spencer is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University. She received her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Kansas in 2012. Dr. Spencer has over 25 years of experience in nursing practice with pediatric, neonatal, and maternity populations, and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She currently teaches in the doctoral and master's programs. Her research interests include health disparities and breastfeeding promotion and education in underserved populations. She is an active member of the International Lactation Consultant Association, The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, the Texas Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau.


Ph.D., Nursing, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS, 2012
M.S.N., Nursing Education, Research College of Nursing, Kansas City, MO, 2006
B.S.N., Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1993


Breastfeeding, Maternal Child Health Care, Health Disparities

Latest Articles

A qualitative description of nurses' experiences with incorporating research into practice
Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing (2018)
S Fesler, L Castillo, R Hermann, D Kuntz, Z Schuessler

Examining racial disparities in breastfeeding from a positive deviance lens: A commentary
Journal of Human Lactation (2017)
Becky Spencer

Multi-Institutional collaboration to promote undergraduate clinical research nursing
Nurse Educator (2015)
Shelby Garner, Becky Spencer, Claudia Beal

African American women's breastfeeding experiences: Cultural, personal, and political voices
Qualitative Health Research (2015)
Becky Spencer, Karen Wambach, Elaine Domain Williams

Whose breasts are they anyway?
International Journal of Women's Health and Reproduction Sciences (2015)
Becky Spencer, A Khaki

Incorporating breastfeeding into prenatal care.
Breastfeeding Medicine (2015)
Adrienne Pitts, Maryann Faucher, Becky Spencer

Medications and breastfeeding for mothers with chronic illness.
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (2015)
Becky Spencer

Change is in the air: Facilitating skin-to-skin contact in the operating room after cesarean birth
Nursing For Women's Health (2014)
Susan Stone, Becky Spencer, Lyn Prater


Core curriculum for interdisciplinary lactation care
Jones & Barlett Publishers, LLC (2018)
S Hertzel-Campbell, J Lauwers, R Mannel, Becky Spencer


Clinical decision making in lactation care and support
in Core curriculum for interdisciplinary lactation care | Jones & Barlett Publishers, LLC (2018)
Becky Spencer

Scientific evidence supporting breastfeeding
in Core curriculum for interdisciplinary lactation care | Jones & Barlett Publishers, LLC (2018)
Becky Spencer, A Watkins, Becky S. Spencer

A qualitative description of African American men's experiences as fathers of breastfed infants
in Breastfeeding, Social Justice and Equity | Preclarus Press (2017)
Becky Spencer

Theory and nursing research
in Foundations of nursing research (7th ed.) | Pearson (2017)
Becky Spencer

in Foundations of nursing research (7th ed.) | Pearson (2017)
Becky Spencer, R Nieswiadomy

The normal newborn
in Comprehensive neonatal nursing: A physiologic perspective | Saunders (2013)
C Riley, L Prater, Becky Spencer

Professional Affiliations

  • American Nurses Association
  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing
  • International Lactation Consultant Association
  • International Philosophy of Nursing Society
  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Southern Nursing Research Society
  • Texas Nurses Association

Honors & Awards

  • Honor Society induction, Phi Kappa Phi (2018)
  • Dallas Fort Worth Great 100 Nurses Award, Dallas Fort Worth (2018)
  • Faculty Award for Distinction in Distance Education, Texas Woman's University (2017)