Dr Rose Spencer



Rose is the Deputy Lead Principal Perinatal Psychologist in CNWL Perinatal Mental Health Services, which provides specialist mental health treatment for mothers with mental health illness and their young infants. She works across four London community boroughs and a 10-bed mother and baby inpatient unit. Rose has a specialist interest in attachment, parental mentalization and working with families therapeutically to enhance the emotional wellbeing of parents and their infants. 

Rose has been working alongside Dr Dana Shai for 15 years on Parental Embodied Mentalizing Assessment (PEMA) and is a reliable PEM and PEMA™ coder, lead trainer and supervisor. Rose uses PEM and PEMA™ in both her research and clinical work. As part of her doctoral thesis, Dr Spencer was supervised by Professor Fonagy, Dr. Shai and Tobias Nolte, MD, and studied the processes of change in implicit and explicit mentalizing during psychoanalytic parent-infant psychotherapy.

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