Mary Jo Spencer, CNP, APRN, MPH

Mary Jo Spencer

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Office Phone 612-624-1164


Mary Jo Spencer, CPNP is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with University of Minnesota Physicians in the Foster Care Program of the Adoption Medicine Clinic, located in the Pediatric Specialty Care Discovery Clinic at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospitals and Clinics. Ms. Spencer provides clinical health care services, including Comprehensive Child Wellness Assessments, for children who have experienced foster care or prenatal exposures, with support of the MN Department of Human Services Foster Care Permanency Grant.

Ms. Spencer has been clinical staff at University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP), assigned to the U of MN Department of Pediatrics, since 1996. Her clinical practice there has included primary health care for children and adolescents experiencing adoption, foster care, residential treatment, incarceration, homelessness, and out-of-home placements. She has provided onsite clinical education to pediatric medical residents, medical students, nurse practitioner students, and nursing students. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the health of children who have experienced foster care, prenatal exposures, or other out-of-home placements, almost all of whom are impacted by early childhood adversity, stress, and emotional trauma.

Concurrently, Ms. Spencer is also an independent contractor staffing the with the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Diagnostic Clinic at the Proof Alliance (formerly known as Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - MOFAS) in St. Paul, MN.

Prior clinical work includes pediatric staff at the Immigration and Refugee Clinic of Hennepin County Public Health Department, pediatric staff in the International Adoption Medicine Program at the University of Minnesota, pediatric staff for low-income children at the Cedar Riverside People’s Center Community Clinic in Minneapolis, school nurse practitioner staff at the International School of Brussels in Belgium, home health nurse in Harlan, Kentucky, and pediatric inpatient nurse for sick infants at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital.

Ms. Spencer lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband and any of their six adult children and their spouses/partners, grandchildren, and pets, who are visiting. She enjoys traveling, camping, canoeing, hiking, swimming, and reading, but especially spending time with their 5 grandchildren, ages 15 months to 15 years.