Our Occupational Therapy faculty is comprised of leaders in the profession. We shape practice and education through our teaching, scholarship and service. Six of us are fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and we are all engaged in community research. We have published six textbooks and have made numerous contributions to textbooks and professional publications. We are dedicated to helping you become excellent practitioners, scholars, and leaders in the OT profession.
Community based practice in natural environments
occupational therapy with adolescents and youth in transition
school based occupational therapy practice
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
development of hand function and handwriting skills with children
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) with adolescents
The Intentional Relationship in occupational therapy
Regi Robnett, Ph.D., OTR/L has been an occupational therapist for 24 years and a faculty member at the University of New England for 19 years. She teaches courses related to older adults, occupational performance, group processing, and research. Her primary area of expertise is cognition and aging. She is involved in student research projects on an on-going basis, and regularly presents at regional, national, and occasionally, international venues.Read More
Cognition and aging
occupation-based cognitive rehabilitation
Caroline Beals is an assistant professor of Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies. Prior to teaching at UNE, Caroline worked in a variety of clinical settings as an Occupational Therapist, mostly focused on adult physical rehabilitation. Caroline has a special interest in working with adults recovering from poly-trauma, neuro-trauma and brain injury. In addition to clinical work, Caroline serves as a volunteer leader and active member of the Maine Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association, working on issues related to Occupational... Read More
OT in acute hospital settings
OT advocacy and leadership
Pediatric occupational therapy intervention and assessment provided within school, clinic and hospital settings. Most recent clinical experience includes acute care setting working with children and adults in critical care. Special interests include poly-trauma, neuro-recovery, early mobilization in the ICU, therapeutic use of self and inter-professional education.
Active member of MeOTA, co-Southern Maine MeOTA representative and co-facilitator for Maine Community of Practice for Children and Youth.
Full-time Occupational Therapy Department, co-faculty PTH 710 in Physical Therapy Department.... Read More
Dean Francis-Connolly received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, an MS in Occupational Therapy at Boston University, and BS in Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut. Her scholarly work has focused on mothering across the lifespan and mentoring in academic environments. She has received numerous awards throughout her distinguished career, including the AOTA Roster of Fellows, AOTA Service Commendation, and Josephine Nevins Keal Professional Development Fellowship.
Dr. Francis-Connolly is excited... Read More
Sensory Integrative OT
School Based OT
Use of Manual Therapies in OT Practice
Research on Sensory Integration and New Applications of OT for Veterans with PTSD
Adult and geriatric occupational therapy
aging in place
diversity and general professional issues in occupational therapy
social policy and advocacy
Mary Beth has been in practice since 1997. She began her career in pediatric practice, as a school based OT for the New York City Board of Education. After 6 years in pediatrics, she made the move to adult rehabilitation. In the years since, she has had the privilege of providing OT services in home health, acute psychiatry, acute care, acute and sub-acute rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation. She teaches courses in adult rehabilitation and hand therapy. She is currently pursuing... Read More
Adult Physical Disabilities
Upper Extremity Rehabilitation
Anatomy & Physiology
Foundations of Occupational Therapy
general OT practice
occupational therapy research
OT intervention approaches
Professor Lamarre began his career in 1992 as an Athletic Trainer working in outpatient orthopaedic sports rehabilitation clinics and public/private high schools. He has been teaching at the college level for over 15 years in subject areas such as athletic and orthopaedic injury diagnosis, therapeutic modalities, rehabilitative intervention following musculoskeletal injury, general medical conditions affecting the physically active, pharmacological considerations in athletics, and ethical practice in an interprofessional health care model.
He has athletic training experience that spans the sporting continuum and... Read More
Athletic Injury Diagnosis & Management
Musculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation
Kinesiology and Human Movement
Barb Price is the Department of Occupational Therapy’s Clinical Placement Coordinator. She has been with the University of New England for over 7 years and joined the Occupational Therapy department in 2011. Barb works directly with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator to ensure that student fieldwork experiences operate smoothly and efficiently. Her primary role is to work with students throughout their education to ensure compliance with all university, program and clinical site rotation requirements, including the timely completion and submission of... Read More