College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Spencer Blalock was born and raised in Mississippi. He was educated at Delta State University, Jackson State University, University of Southern Mississippi, and completed his doctorate in Health Administration at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He has worked in Hospice Care, Child Protection and Foster Care, The Youth Court, Mental Health (Youth, Adult, Acute, Long-term, Community), Nursing Home Care, and Home Health Care. He has served on The Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists since 2011, appointed by Governor Haley Barbour and reappointed by Governor Phil Bryant. In 2014, Governor Bryant appointed Mr. Blalock as chair of the Mississippi Caregivers Task Force. He is also president of the Behavioral Health Society of the Mississippi Hospital Association, an advisory council member of the Area Agency on Aging for East Central Planning and Development District, an advisory council member at Mississippi State University – Meridian Campus – Social Work Program, and served as a committee member of the Regulations and Standards Committee of the Association of Social Work Boards for four years. He was recently elected to be a member of the Nominating Committee of the Association of Social Work Boards. He currently works in Senior Behavioral Health.
The Mississippi Caregivers Task Force was responsible for studying the issue of caregiving in Mississippi and completed a report and blueprint for the governor and legislature in late 2014. In 2015, efforts of the Task Force were successful as the Caregiver Act was passed in Mississippi. Another important milestone in 2015 was the creation of the Mississippi Family Caregiver Coalition, a grassroots group whose aim is to engage providers and caregivers in advocacy efforts and pooling of caregiver resources. In 2016, members of the Task Force and Mississippi Family Caregiver Coalition came together to support the creation of the Caregiver Resolution, as promoted by the Family Caregiver Platform Project. It passed unanimously in 2016. He is currently a co-chair of the Coalition.
Spencer has presented for several years to multiple audiences, but this will be his first formal teaching, Teaching at Walden University will focus on Social Work related topics in the Masters of Social Work Program.