Noam Shpancer

Noam Shpancer



Psychology House 201

Department of Psychology

Noam Shpancer, Ph. D., is a professor of psychology. He received his Ph.D. at Purdue University, with specialty areas in clinical and developmental psychology. Shpancer’s research interests center on various dimensions of the home-daycare link, including parent-caregiver relations, people’s childcare attitudes and perceptions, and children’s adaptation across contexts. He is a licensed, practicing clinical psychologist with The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy in Columbus, Ohio. His clinical specialty is in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. He teaches introductory psychology, child development, personality, abnormal psychology, human sexuality, assessment, advanced research, and health psychology. In 2001, he won the junior faculty teaching award.


  • Ph.D., Purdue University, 1999
  • M.A., Purdue University, 1996
  • B.A., University of Houston, 1991

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology for Non Majors
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Lifespan Development
  • Personality Psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Human Sexuality
  • Health Psychology
  • Advanced Research Seminar
  • Childcare Daycare
  • Child development
  • Social attitudes about daycare
  • Daycare caregivers


  • Shpancer, N., (2019). Day care and its effects. In Stephen Hupp and Jeremy Jewell (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Shpancer, N., (2017). Day Care. In: Todd K. Shackelford and Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer International Publishing.
  • Shpancer, N., & Schweitzer, S. N. (2016). A history of non-parental care in childhood predicts more positive adult attitudes towards non-parental care and maternal employment. Early Child Development and Care, 1-12.
  • Shpancer, N., (2016). Nonparental Child Care (Daycare). In: Howard S. Friedman (Editor in Chief), Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2nd edition, Vol 3, Waltham, MA: Academic Press; pp. 202-207.
  • Shpancer, N. (2013). Der glücklose Therapeut: Roman. Albrecht Knaus Verlag.
  • Shpancer, N. (2011). Dealing with childhood trauma in adult therapy: Facts and follies. The Ohio Psychological Association Annual Report. p. 27-29.
  • Shpancer, N. (2010-). Insight Therapy: Psychologically Informed Reflections on how we Interact. (Blog). Psychology Today.
  • Shpancer, N. (2010). The good psychologist: a novel. Henry Holt and Company.
  • Shpancer, N. Bowden, J. M., Ferrell, M. A., Pavlik, S. F., Robinson, M. N., Schwind, J. L., Volpe, E. K., Williams, L. M., & Young, J. N. (2010). Young adults’ recollections of parental and nonparental childcare. Early Child Development and Care, 3, 263-269.
  • Shpancer, N. Sayre, P. S., Melick, K. M., Coxe, K., Spivey, A. T., Kuntzman, D., Toto, C., and Dunlap, B. (2008). Educators or babysitters? Day care caregivers reflect on their profession. Child Care in Practice, 14, 401-412.
  • Shpancer, N. (2006). The effects of daycare: Persistent questions, elusive answers. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21, 227-237.
  • Shpancer, N. (2002). The home-daycare link: Mapping children’s new world order. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 174, 1-19.
  • Shpancer, N. (1998). Caregiver-parent relationships in daycare: A review and re-examination of the data and their implications. Early Education and Development, 9, 239-259.
  • Shpancer, N., & Britner, P. A. (1995). Biases in quality attributions to mother-child and caregiver-child interaction. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 10, 249-259.
  • Shpancer, N. (1993). Transforming the child care debate. American Psychologist, 48, 693-694.
  • Google Scholar Citations

Affiliations & Awards

  • Ohio Magazine’s “Excellence in Education” Award, 2007
  • New Teacher of the Year Award Otterbein University, Westerville, OH, 2002