Collyn J. Baeder

Collyn Baeder has worked at the University of New England (UNE) since 2012. She is currently responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in research methods and health & wellness, as well as developing and managing the internship program for Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies students.

In 2010, Collyn earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in Burlington with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Studio Art. She earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) from UNE in May 2016.

As an MPH student, Collyn was involved in two interprofessional student research projects. Along with a UNE Master of Social Work student, she participated in a PhotoVoice project which used photography to assess barriers to health among Somali refugee women in Portland, Maine. In addition, she worked with an interprofessional team of MPH and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy students to develop a Visual Voices research project that used art to investigate topics of identity and perception with older adults.

Collyn’s other major public health interest lies in environmental health. She conducted her MPH Practical Experience working on environmental health data and policy at the Environmental Health Strategy Center in Portland, Maine. Her MPH Capstone examined US chemical control policy. In previous employment experience, she nurtured her interest in the environment as a field technician conducting stream surveys and collecting water samples with the aim of assessing barriers to fish passage and testing for farmland runoff.

Outside of work and education, Collyn enjoys reading fiction, creating art, and spending time outdoors in the beautiful state of Maine.  

Education

Bachelor of Arts - Major: Philosophy, Minor: Studio Art

University of Vermont

2010

Master of Public Health

University of New England

2016

Research

Current Research


University of New England, Maine Adaptive Project – Biddeford, ME (1/2017 – Present)
Faculty Advisor  

  • Advises undergraduate student research project titled “Meaningful Engagement in Adaptive Skiing/Snowboarding: A Narrative Inquiry of Maine Adaptive Participants”.
  • Approved by University’s Institutional Review Board and funded by the University’s Westbrook College of Health Professions.
  • Using semi-structured, recorded interviews with participants of Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation's winter programs, explores the meaning and impact of participation in adaptive skiing and snowboarding for individuals with physical disabilities.
  •  Audio data  from  recorded interviews to be transcribed and qualitatively analyzed.

Research Interests


  • Arts-Based Research (e.g., PhotoVoice, Visual Voices)
  • Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
  • Environmental Health
  • Qualitative Research

Other Scholarly Activity


Conference Presentations:
 

Hull Z, Baeder C. Visual Voices: An arts-based participatory research methodology for community empowerment. Poster presentation at: American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition; October 29-November 2, 2016; Denver, Colorado, United States.

Hull Z, Baeder C, Jung A, Boulos RJ. Visual Voices: An innovative artistic methodology for community-based participatory research, community building, and knowledge transfer. Oral presentation at: All Together Better Health VIII 8th International Conference on Values-Based Interprofessional Practice and Education; September 6-9, 2016; Oxford, United Kingdom.

Baeder C, Hull Z, Jung A, Boulos RJ. Visual Voices: An arts-based research methodology to engage patients, and interprofessional students and faculty. Poster presentation at: All Together Better Health VIII 8th International Conference on Values-Based Interprofessional Practice and Education; September 6-9, 2016; Oxford, United Kingdom.

Baeder C, Hull Z, Boulos RJ , Hoffman M, Jung A, Masterjohn R, Sedarski V, Robnett R. Visual Voices: An arts-based assessment and comparison of how aging Maine adults perceive themselves and how they feel perceived by their healthcare providers. Oral presentation at: 2nd International Conference Where’s the Patient’s Voice in Health Professional Education 10 Years On?; November 12-14, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
 


Research Assistance:

Environmental Health Strategy Center, Phthalates Report – Portland, ME (1/2016 – 4/2016)

  • As part of MPH Practical Experience, assisted with data compilation on report published by the Center in May 2016 called “Toxic Phthalates in Your Home: New Data Reveals Widespread Use of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals in Cleaners, Disinfectants, Deodorizers, Clothing, Shoes, Paints, and Personal Care Products”.

University of New England, Riverton Park Water Quality Study – Portland, ME (3/2012 – 8/2013)

  • Assisted with a study to assess the water quality of a small stream in the Riverton Park public housing community, in response to complaints from residents.
  • With the involvement of community youth, collected water samples from multiple locations.
  • Shared results of water sample analysis conducted by IDEXX Laboratories with Portland’s Department of Health and Human Services and Riverton Park community members. 
     

Link to Work Available in UNE's Online Repository: DUNE ("DigitalUNE")

Funded Grants


University of New England, Visual Voices Project – Portland, ME (10/2014 – 10/2015)
​Co-Principal Investigator           

  • Led a community-based, graduate student research project titled “Visual Voices: An Arts-Based Assessment of the Perceived Identity of Aging Maine Residents”.
  • Approved by University’s Institutional Review Board and funded by a mini-grant from University’s Interprofessional Education Collaborative.
  • Using the Visual Voices arts-based research methodology, in which participants create artwork and engage in group discussions, investigated the perceived identity of residents of the Park Danforth senior living facility.
  • Collaborated with an interprofessional team of graduate students (public health, social work, and occupational therapy), as well as a community liaison from Park Danforth.
  • Collected and analyzed qualitative data (artwork, written statements, and transcriptions of group discussions) and quantitative data (pre- and post-project surveys’ Likert scale results to assess the project’s impact).

Maine Arts Commission, Creative Aging Partnership Program – Portland, ME (7/2015)
Grant Writer                 

  • Applied for (and awarded) a grant on behalf of the Park Danforth senior living community to fund a 6-week art and storytelling program for their residents, in an effort to provide them with continued creative opportunities after the close of the Visual Voices Project.

University of New England, PhotoVoice Project – Portland, ME (9/2013 – 5/2014)
Co-Investigator

  • Participated in community-based, graduate student research project titled “PhotoVoice: Assessing Barriers to Health Among Maine's Somali Refugee Women”.
  • Approved by University’s Institutional Review Board and funded by a mini-grant from University’s Interprofessional Education Collaborative.
  • Using the PhotoVoice arts-based research methodology, in which participants take photographs and engage in group discussions, investigated barriers to health for Somali refugee women from the Riverton Park public housing community.
  • Collaborated with an interprofessional team of graduate students (public health and social work), a social worker from the Portland Community Health Center, and a community liaison from Riverton Park.
  • Collected and assessed qualitative data (photographs, written statements, and notes from group discussions). 

Collyn Baeder UNE Photo

Collyn J. Baeder

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M.P.H.

Assistant Clinical Professor & Internship Coordinator - Health, Wellness, & Occupational Studies

Biddeford

Harold Alfond Forum
Room: 255

cbaeder@une.edu

(207) 602-2024

On Campus