People

Faculty

Psychology, biology, biomedical sciences and chemistry faculty teach a number of the neuroscience course requirements and electives and also provide research opportunities. 

Core Neuroscience

Full-time Faculty

Christina Leclerc, Ph. D.

Associate Lecturer

(207) 602-2163

cleclerc1@une.edu

Decary Hall
353

Dr. Christina Leclerc is an Associate Lecturer in the psychology department with training in lifespan developmental psychology (with a research focus on the aging portion of the lifespan), as well as the cognitive and affective neural mechanisms of age-related change.   Dr. Leclerc is currently teaching Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Development in Context, and Research Methods in Psychology.   Read More

Expertise

Developmental Psychology

Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Program Coordinator, Psychology

(207) 602-2162

jstiegler@une.edu

Decary Hall
352

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Expertise

Cognitive psychology; memory processes underlying reading comprehension; reading interventions; and learning.

Mike Burman

Associate Professor

Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences K-12 outreach coordinator.

(207) 602-2301

mburman@une.edu

Decary Hall
328

I am broadly interested in studying learning, memory and emotion using behavioral neuroscience techniques.  I have more recently become interested in how the brain's memory systems and emotional regulation systems come to function and cooperate over the course of development.  I enjoy teaching at both the introductory and upper levels.

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Expertise

Behavioral neuroscience

animal behavior

learning and memory

anxiety

development

brain development

Brain Research relating to behavior

Geoff Ganter

Professor of Biology

(207) 602-2126

gganter@une.edu

Morgane Hall
009
On Sabbatical From: Fall 2015 to Fall 2016

Expertise

neuroscience

Neurogenetics

Neurobiology

molecular biology

Cell biology

Drosophila

Genetics

Behavior

Steroids

Nociception

Pain sensitization

patricia long

Clinical Professor & Chair, Department of Psychology

Affiliated Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies

(207) 602-2099

plong3@une.edu

Decary Hall
324

Trish Long joined UNE in 2014 as Clinical Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department.  Her area of specialization is Clinical Psychology and her interests span the issues of sexual victimization, abnormal psychology, psychological research & statistical methods, and gender issues.  Dr. Long’s research investigates both the factors associated with the perpetration of rape and sexual assault and the mental health issues experienced by survivors of sexual victimization.   She invites students who are interested in participating in research on these... Read More

Expertise

Clinical Psychology

Psychological Research & Statistical Methods

Psychology of Gender

Sexual Victimization

Julie Longua Peterson, Ph.D.

Program Director, Women's and Gender Studies

Associate Professor of Psychology

(207) 602-2691

jpeterson6@une.edu

Decary Hall
349

Julie Longua Peterson is an Associate Professor of psychology at the University of New England and the principal investigator of the Self and Close Relationships Lab.  Her program of research investigates the ways in which explicit (conscious, controlled) and implicit (unconscious, automatic) self and relationship processes influence how people navigate the ups and downs of daily life (e.g., acceptance, rejection).  Julie's courses include Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, and a seminar in Self... Read More

Expertise

Explicit and Implicit self-esteem; self-regulation; the role of the self in close relationships (e.g.

romantic relationships)

Ian Meng

Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences; Director of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function

Director, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function

(207) 602-2195

imeng@une.edu

Stella Maris
203

Dr. Ian Meng received his ScB and PhD in Neuroscience at Brown University.  Following completion of his PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Howard Fields in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), studying the brain circuits mediating the analgesic properties of cannabinoids.  Dr. Meng joined the University of New England (UNE) in 2003 where he is currently a professor of Biomedical Sciences, Director of the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences (CEN),... Read More

Expertise

Acute and chronic pain; ocular pain; headache; cannabinoids

Glenn Stevenson

Associate Professor

Program Coordinator, Neuroscience Major

(207) 602-2285

gstevenson@une.edu

Decary Hall
329

Before joining the faculty in 2005, Dr. Stevenson had two successful careers: one as a professional musician in Boston; the other working for luxury hotel brands in Washington, D.C. and Boston. Dr. Stevenson embarked on his third career by completing a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at American University and trained in the Psychopharmacology laboratory of Dr. Anthony L. Riley. Following his graduate training, he did a post-doctoral fellowship in Pharmacology in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Negus at McLean Hopspital / Harvard Medical School.... Read More

Expertise

Drug development; preclinical methods development; opioid pharmacology; pain; exercise; drug abuse; drug interactions

Affiliated Faculty

Teresa Dzieweczynski

Associate Professor

Program Coordinator, Animal Behavior Major

(207) 602-2578

tdzieweczynski@une.edu

Decary Hall
327

In general, my research group investigates how pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and other pollutants that might enter the enivronment through man-made means negatively affect the behavior of the fish living in these polluted waters. Behavior is both a very sensitive and rapid endpoint of exposure and has important fitness implications. We study many different behaviors that are important for species survival, from exploration to courtship. In addition to this overarching theme, we are also interested in how and why individuals,... Read More

Expertise

courtship and aggression; influence of social environment on behavior; individual variation in behavior; behavioral endocrinology; fish behavior; communication networks; effects of endocrine disrupters and inadvertant pharmaceutical exposure on fish behav

Lei Lei at White Mountain on 2016-10-10

Lei Lei

PhD

Associate Professor

(207) 602-2353

llei@une.edu

Morgane Hall
008
On Sabbatical From: Fall 2016 to Spring 2017

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, University of New England

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, University of New England

Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

Research Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Awards and Honors

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research... Read More

Expertise

Cell biology

Genetics

developmental biology

Biochemistry

neural stem cells

sensory neurons

Genetic Engineering

Ling Cao

Ling Cao

M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty for the Graduate Studies of the Biomedical Sciences and Engineer (GSBSE) program, The Graduate School, University of Maine, ME

(207) 602-2213

lcao@une.edu

Pickus Center
207

Expertise

Neuroimmunology and immunotoxicology.

Amy Deveau

Assistant Chair

Associate Professor, Chemistry

(207) 602-2813

adeveau@une.edu

Morgane Hall
14

Dr. Deveau, named “Dr. D” by her students, is an energetic professor who primarily teaches organic chemistry. She also teaches courses in general chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and NMR spectroscopy.  Dr. D is passionate about undergraduate education and mentoring students in research, serving as a Chemistry Councilor for the Council of Undergraduate Research.   Also a member of UNE’s Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, Dr. D’s laboratory focuses on the discovery of organic small molecules with therapeutic potential, across the areas... Read More

Expertise

Organic and medicinal chemistry; small molecule synthesis; nitrogen heterocycles; marine natural products; organic structure elucidation; molecular modeling; green chemistry; chemistry pedagogy

Geoff Ganter

Professor of Biology

(207) 602-2126

gganter@une.edu

Morgane Hall
009
On Sabbatical From: Fall 2015 to Fall 2016

Expertise

neuroscience

Neurogenetics

Neurobiology

molecular biology

Cell biology

Drosophila

Genetics

Behavior

Steroids

Nociception

Pain sensitization

David J. Mokler, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology

Interim Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences

(207) 602-2210

dmokler@une.edu

Pickus Center
205

Dr. Mokler joined the faculty at UNE in 1986.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1974 and his dual Doctorate in Pharmacology/Toxicology and Neurosciences from Michigan State University in 1984.  He teaches in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Westbrook College of Health Professions and the College of Dental Medicine.  He has a passion for Intraprofessional Education at UNE, being one of the first faculty at UNE to attend the IPEC national... Read More

Expertise

neuropharmacology

Psychopharmacology

substance abuse

drug abuse

brain development

dopamine

serotonin

animal behavior

limbic system