Evan Spencer serves as a research project manager at the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, focusing her efforts in the Behavioral Science & Analytics for Injury Reduction (BeSAFIR) Lab. Her recent work includes supporting firearm violence reduction research and a set of Nudge Unit-supported projects exploring technology-driven interventions to improve health care.
Evan earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Drexel University and her master's degree in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. At the BeSAFIR Lab, she works on research to reduce opioid misuse and drinking and driving injuries. Before joining the team, Evan worked as a therapeutic counselor at the Renfrew Center, a facility that caters to women with eating disorders. She also worked in counseling and behavioral health at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, where she conducted recreational and facilitated group therapy sessions with an array of people getting treatment for behavioral health disorders.
Evan's interests include behavioral analysis and criminal pathology. For this reason, she enjoys all crime-related television series and movies such as Criminal Minds and The Silence of the Lambs. She hopes to pursue a career in forensic psychology and work as a clinical psychologist in the future.