Gale A. SpencerSpencer_Gale

(PhD, RN)
Distinguished Teaching Professor &
Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Chair in Community Health Nursing

AB 336
Decker School of Nursing
Binghamton University
Phone: (607) 777-6003

Dr. Gale Spencer was named to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor at the Decker School of Nursing in 2007. At that time, she joined 51 Binghamton colleagues who have been honored as distinguished faculty by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. She is also a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (1994), and received the Faculty Excellence Award in Graduate Mentoring from the Graduate School (2004). A mentor to students and junior faculty as well as a national leader in community health nursing education, Spencer was appointed to an endowed professorship, the Decker Chair in Community Health Nursing, in 2006.
Dr. Spencer has had many years of experience in both practice and teaching in Community Health Nursing. Her research interests include: community health assessment, geography and health, as well as intimate partner violence (in both dating and marital relationships). She has held a variety of positions in the DSON; first as the RN counselor, as a faculty member, as the Director of Kresge Center for Nursing Research (1994-2006), and finally as the Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Chair in Community Health Nursing.

Dr. Spencer started the program in Community Health Nursing in 1985 as the Co- Project Director, and then became the Project Director in 1987. She has been the Project Director of the Community Health Masters Program from 1987 until the present, which has been funded by HRSA from 1985 - 2015. The Community Health Program educates community health nursing masters students for administrator, educator, and nurse practitioner positions in New York and for practice throughout the US. She serves/served on advisory boards for major national associations such as Program Planner and member of the Educational Board for the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association, a member of the New York State Nurses Foundation Research Committee, and a member of the New York State Public Health Association Board; she serves the local community as chair of Lourdes At Home Advisory Board, a member of the Hartwick College Nursing Advisory Board. She has also served as chair, Salvation Army Advisory Board; member, Family and Children's Society Board of Directors; member, Mothers and Babies Board of Directors, vice president of the YWCA Board of Directors, and president of the SOS Shelter Board of Directors.

Educational Background:

  • PhD, Higher Post-Secondary Education Administration, Syracuse University
  • M.S., Community Health Nursing, Syracuse University
  • B.S., Nursing from Hartwick College

Teaching: Courses most recently taught:

  • Essentials of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Community Health Nursing II
  • Community Health Nursing III
  • DNP Capstone I
  • PhD Research Seminars II-IV

Current Professional Activities:

  • Member, Education Committee, PHN Section, APHA
  • Advisory Committee New York State Nurses Foundation Research Committee
  • Advisory Committee Hartwick College Nursing Program
  • Chair, Lourdes At Home Advisory Board

Research Interests:

  • Dating Violence in College Students
  • Use of the Health Belief Model to Investigate Health Providers Practice Behaviors
  • The Relationship between Geography and Health

Recent Publications:

  • Flanagan, N. & Spencer, G (in press) ""Informal Caregivers and Detection of Delirium in Post Acute Care: A correlational study of the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM), Confusion Assessment Method-Family Assessment Method (CAM-FAM) and DSM-IV Criteria"".                                                                                                                 International Journal of Older People Nursing.
  • Quaranta, J. & Spencer, G. (2015) Using the Health Belief Model to Understand School Nurse Asthma Management The Journal of School Nursing December 2015 31: 430-440, first published on August 30, 2015 doi:10.1177/1059840515601885.    
  • Klotzbaugh, R. & Spencer, G. (2015) Cues-to-Action in Initiating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Related Policies among Magnet Hospital Chief Nursing Officers: A Demographic Assessment. Advances in Nursing Science, Vol. 38(2)110-120.
  • Flanagan, N. & Spencer, G. (2015) Family Recognition of Delirium in Post-Acute Care: Implications for the Rehabilitation Team. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, Vol. 31(2): 129-134. doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000058                                                
  • Klotzbaugh, R. & Spencer, G. (2014) Magnet Nurse Administrator Attitudes and Opportunities: Toward Improving LGBT Specific Health Care. Journal of Nursing Administration, 44(9) 481-486.
  • Pribulick, M., Fahs, P.S., Spencer, G. Grabo, T.N., & Wiitala, S. (2013) C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP), Diet, and Physical Activity in Rural Women. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 13(1) 92-126).
  • Hoover, E., Pierce, C., Spencer, G., Britten, M., Neff-Smith, M., James. G., & Gueldner, S. (2012) Relationships among Functional Health Literacy, Asthma Knowledge and the Ability to Care for Asthmatic Children in Rural Dwelling Parents. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 12(2),
  • Chiu, T.I. & Spencer, G. A. (2010) Functional health status among rural and urban older adults in Taiwan: the effect of personal control and social control. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 5: 202–210. Early Publication on-line Oct. 2009. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2009.00194.x
  • Ervin, N. & Spencer, G. (2005) "Confirming the community focus on hospice care". Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 7 (3): 2-11.
  • Bryant, S. & Spencer, G. (2003) ""University Students Attitudes about the Attribution of Blame in Incidents of Domestic Violence"". Journal of Family Violence. 18 (6): 369-376.
  • Bryant, S.A. & Spencer, G.A. (2003) "Domestic Violence: What Do Nurse Practitioners Think?" Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 14 (9): 421- 427.
  • Atav, A.S. & Spencer, G.A. (2002) "Health Risk Behaviors Among Rural, Suburban and Urban Adolescents: A Comparative Study", The Journal of Family and Community Health. 23 (2): 1-18.

Book Chapters:

  • Butts, J. & Spencer, G. (2016) "Caring for populations and communities" in Lundy, K.S. and Janes, S. (Eds.).Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public'Health (3rd E.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
  • Spencer, G. & Sutherland, J. (2016) "Program Planning for School Nurses" in Ervin, N. (Eds.) School Nursing: Public Health Handbook. Silver Springs, MD.: NASN. (In Press).
  • Janes, S. & Spencer, G., (2009) ""Communicable disease"" in Lundy, K.S., & Janes, S. (Eds.). 2nd edition. Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public's Health. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishing.
  • Spencer, G. & Morgan, L., (2009) ""Rural Populations"" in Lundy, K.S. & Janes, S., (Eds.) 2nd edition. Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public's Health. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishing.
  • Spencer, G. (2002) ""Overview of Program Evaluation"", in Ervin, N. Advanced Community Health Nursing Practice. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 373-392.

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