Spencer, Leslie

Leslie Spencer is the wife of Stuart Spencer, a Presbyterian minister, the mother of Sam and Miles, a professor of Health and Exercise Science at Rowan University in New Jersey, a breast cancer survivor and a figure competitor.  She has a PhD in Health Education from Temple University and tries to practice what she teaches.  She has participated in three figure competitions.


Leslie Spencer holds a Ph.D. in Health Education from Temple University and is a Professor of Health and Exercise Science at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, where she has served since 1995. She coordinates an undergraduate degree program in Health Promotion and Fitness Management and a graduate degree program in Wellness and Lifestyle Management (formerly Health Promotion Management). She is also a breast cancer survivor who trained for and competed in her first figure competition while undergoing four surgeries, 18 weeks of chemotherapy and 6 weeks of radiation therapy. She participated in a second figure competition in August 2011.  Both competitions are hosted by the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders.


Leslie will be a partner with Dr. Kathryn Schmitz, an Associate Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, on the WISER Survivor study of fitness training for women at high risk for breast cancer, slated to begin in the fall of 2012. Through a grant-funded initiative, Leslie will host one of ten sites identified to provide fitness counseling and training to participants and collect data for the study.



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