Dr. Allyson Spence joined the Regis University faculty in 2019 when she and her family relocated to Colorado. She received her Master of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Louisiana Tech University and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport. Upon earning her Ph.D., Dr. Spence obtained a postdoctoral fellowship, where she performed research involving new potential vaccines for the treatment of methamphetamine addiction. She also taught graduate students, allied health students, and medical students in courses such as Pharmacology and Neuropharmacology. Prior to joining the Regis faculty, Dr. Spence was a faculty member in the Biology department at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where she was presented the Excellence in Teaching award.

Dr. Spence infuses the Jesuit principles into her teaching philosophy and is committed to providing an innovative, active-learning approach that facilitates higher-order learning through relevant and engaging educational experiences. Dr. Spence’s research focuses on anxiety-related disorders, particularly substance use disorders. Outside of professional interests, Dr. Spence values serving others in her community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Fostering Community, where she writes grants that provide better resources for foster families.

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