Margaret Spencer

Margaret Spencer Dr. Margaret Spencer is a lecturer in the Social Work Program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. She has a multifaceted background and holds qualifications in nursing, theology and social work. Margaret’s doctorate and ongoing research focus is on the intersectionality of women, disability, and reproductive justice. She is currently the secretary on the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Special Interest Research Group (Parenting with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). Margaret has over 35 years casework experience working with marginalised individuals and families. Prior to taking up her current academic position in 2014, Margaret created and coordinated a specialist advocacy program for parents with intellectual disability involved in child custody matters in the New South Wales Children Court. In 2009, she was appointed a judicial officer in the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Adult Guardianship Division) and remains a serving member.