Faculty and Staff

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.

Full-time Faculty

Kate Loukas

Kathryn Marie Loukas

OTD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Interim Program Director

Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4103

kloukas@une.edu

Proctor Hall
312

Expertise

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

neuro-occupation

Regi Robnett

Regula H. Robnett

Ph.D., OTR/L

Professor

(207) 221-4102

rrobnett@une.edu

Proctor Hall
318

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

Expertise

Cognition and aging

occupation-based cognitive rehabilitation

gerontology

functional assessments

psychometrics

productive aging

Caroline Beals

Caroline Beals

M.S., OTR/L

Assistant Professor

(207) 602-2066

cbeals@une.edu

Harold Alfond Forum
256

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

Expertise

OT in acute hospital settings

Adult rehabilitation

brain injury

neuro/poly-trauma rehabilitation

OT advocacy and leadership

Elizabeth Crampsey

Elizabeth Crampsey

M.S., OTR/L, BCPR

Assistant Clinical Professor

ecrampsey@une.edu

Proctor Hall

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

Elizabeth Francis Connolly

Elizabeth Francis-Connolly

Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA

Dean, Westbrook College of Health Professions

(207) 221-4520

efrancisconnolly@une.edu

Hersey Hall
225

        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

Jan Froehlich

Jan Froehlich

M.S., OTR/L

Associate Professor

(207) 221-4105

jfroehlich@une.edu

Proctor Hall
311

Expertise

Communication skills and cultural competence in occupational therapy

mental health occupational therapy

occupation of motherhood.

Judith Kimball

Judith Giencke Kimball

PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Founding Director, Professor

(207) 221-4108

jkimball@une.edu

Proctor Hall
316

Expertise

Sensory Integrative OT

School Based OT

Use of Manual Therapies in OT Practice

especially craniosacral

Dance Medicine

Research on Sensory Integration and New Applications of OT for Veterans with PTSD

Nancy MacRae

Nancy MacRae

M.S., OTR/L, FAOTA

Associate Professor

(207) 221-4106

nmacrae@une.edu

Proctor Hall
315

Expertise

Older adults

interprofessional team work

death and dying

sexuality

documentation

health management and delivery

women and work

teaching

fall prevention

supervision

Scott McNeil

Scott D. McNeil

OTD, MS, OTR/L

Assistant Clinical Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

(207) 221-4109

smcneil@une.edu

Proctor Hall
314

Expertise

Adult and geriatric occupational therapy

fall prevention

aging in place

diversity and general professional issues in occupational therapy

evidence-based practice

inter-professional education

social policy and advocacy

Jane O'Brien

Jane Clifford O'Brien

Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Professor

(207) 221-4107

jobrien@une.edu

Proctor Hall
317

Expertise

pediatric occupational therapy theory and intervention; motor control and motor learning; Model of Human Occupation; teaching effectiveness; therapeutic reasoning

Mary Beth Patnaude

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4104

mpatnaude1@une.edu

Proctor Hall
310

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

Expertise

Adult Physical Disabilities

Upper Extremity Rehabilitation

Neuro-rehabilitiation

Anatomy & Physiology

John Tumiel

John Tumiel

M.A.,OTR/L

Senior Advisor to the President; UNE Chief Compliance Officer

(207) 221-4628

jtumiel@une.edu

Decary Hall

Expertise

Developmental disabilities

learning disabilities

Foundations of Occupational Therapy

inter-professional practice

general OT practice

occupational therapy research

OT intervention approaches

Adjunct

Kristen R. Bailey

MS, ATC, LAT

Assistant Clinical Professor/Assistant Athletic Trainer

(207) 602-2252

kbailey5@une.edu

Decary Hall
34

Expertise

Gross anatomy

Kinesiology

Adjunct Faculty

(207) 221-4100

chanscom@une.edu

Proctor Hall

Expertise

OT practice with adults and children who have psychosocial deficits

Clinical Reasoning

Cognitive Strategies

Adjunct Faculty

(207) 221-4100

meot76@gmail.com

Proctor Hall

Expertise

OT practice with adults who have physical rehabilitation needs

assistive technology

acute care

Wayne R. Lamarre, MEd, LAT, ATC

Wayne Richard Lamarre

MEd, LAT, ATC

Associate Clinical Professor and Director, Athletic Training Program

(207) 602-2412

wlamarre@une.edu

Decary Hall
LH4

Expertise

Anatomy & Kinesiology

movement analysis

Adjunct Faculty

(207) 221-4100

jcope@une.edu

Proctor Hall

Expertise

OT intervention with children and adults who have psychosocial needs

service learning

community-based practice

Staff

Clinical Placement Coordinator

(207) 221-4101

bprice@une.edu

Proctor Hall
320

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

Molly Walrath

M.S., OTR/L

Coordinator of Community Therapy Center

(207) 283-1954

mwalrath@une.edu

441 Main Street Biddeford, ME 04005

Expertise

Pediatrics

Adult Developmental Disabilities

Sensory Integration