Dr. Spivey has a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans and a Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been teaching in Christian higher education since 2012, and joined Lipscomb’s faculty in 2019. She currently serves as the lead psychology faculty for Lipscomb Online.
Dr. Spivey has a dual appointment for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Lipscomb Online. She teaches a variety of courses for both the on-ground undergraduate psychology program and Lipscomb Online psychology program, including Introduction to Psychological Research, Biological Psychology, and History and Systems. In addition, she also has taught courses for the graduate Sustainability program, the Lipscomb LIFE program, and Pre-College Summer Programs.
Spivey's research training and publications investigate sex differences in the long-term effects of early-life maternal separation stress on brain development and behavior in rodent models.