Bernice Mills

Bernice Mills

R.D.H., M.S., B.S.

Assistant Dean for Clinical and Student Affairs

Interim Director of the Public Health Program, Associate Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4314

Hersey Hall

Bernice is the Assistant Dean for Student and Clinical Affairs in the Westbrook College of Health Professions.   Prior to joining the WCHP Dean's Office, Professor Mills was a member of the Dental Hygiene Program for over 20 years and has extensive experience in dental hygiene education and administration.Read More

Full-time Faculty

Jennifer Gunderman

Assistant Lecturer

(207) 505-1452

Decary Hall

I came into public health by failing organic chemistry as an undergraduate at Providence College. My goal was to be a physician but soon realized that my skill and passion belonged elsewhere. Luckily my college has a public health major, and the rest is history.  My background includes being a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, working with the state of Maine health department as an infectious disease epidemiologist, providing technical assistance to Caribbean countries on HIV surveillance, and even owning an organic farm.  I live... Read More



Global Health

Maternal and Child Health

Infectious Disease

michele polacsek

Michele Polacsek

Ph.D., M.H.S.

Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4466

Linnell Hall

I am a trained behavioral scientist with experience in public health practice and research in a variety of settings. Over the past 15 years, my work has focused on the translation of evidence to practice for childhood obesity prevention. During this time I coordinated the evaluation for the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative where I led the development of tools (e.g. parent, provider and staff surveys, as well as chart review forms and telephone interview protocols) to measure outcomes. More recently I... Read More


childhood obesity

chronic disease prevention

Social and Behavioral Health

Clinical Faculty

Caryn Husman

Caryn Husman


Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies

(207) 602-2065

Harold Alfond Forum

Caryn Husman is Director and Assistant Clinical Professor of Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies. Caryn teaches courses related to human occupation and wellness such as Health and Wellness in an Aging Society, Research Methods, Occupational Science, and Disability Studies. As an occupational therapist, Caryn has worked with individuals across the lifespan in home, community and medical settings. She is most interested in working with young children who experience difficulty with social, emotional and behavioral performance. ... Read More


Pediatric occupational therapy

Sensory Modulation

Professional Staff

Marie Johnson

Administrative Assistant

WCHP Advising Office

(207) 602-2075

Decary Hall

Marie is a lifelong native of Maine.  She has been with UNE since 2016 when she joined the WCHP Dean's Office as an Administrative Assistant.Read More