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.
Kristin has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years with a primary clinical focus in pediatrics. She has specialized in working with children birth to five years of age and their families particularly those children and families who are dealing with concerns related to feeding and eating. Kristin also has experience working with children and adults experiencing concerns related to neurologic diagnoses such as cerebral palsy and stroke. Kris has worked in an academic setting for the past 15... Read More
Patient and Family Centered Care
Kate has been an occupational therapist (OT) for over 30 years. She began her OT career working in neuro-rehabilitation and then moved on to school-based practice with children and youth. Her education, practice, service, public policy support, and research is dedicated to creating inclusive communities in schools, playgroups, outdoor activities, and transition to adult roles for children, youth, and families living with neurodevelopmental disabilities. She has served the state and national associations in various roles on executive boards and committees, the... Read More
and families living with Autism
Play and playgroups for early intervention
Sensory strategies for self-organization such as sensory modulation rooms
Natural environments for occupational participation
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
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
Jan has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years with a primary clinical focus in mental health. She has worked in both acute and long-term care, and she also co-developed a mental health home care program. Jan has worked in an academic setting for the past 28 years teaching coursework on mental health occupational therapy, culturally effective communication, therapeutic use of self and group work.
Jan is actively engaged in a variety of service learning projects at UNE one... Read More
Communication skills and cultural competence in occupational therapy
mental health occupational therapy
occupation of motherhood.
Nancy has been an occupational therapist for over 50 years with a clinical focus on people with developmental disabilities acorss the lifespan, and older adults. She has been a faculty member for 27 years, teaching courses on older adults, foundations, occupational analysis, management,, and communication, leadership, and advocacy. She has a keen interest in sexuality of older adults and interprofessional endeavors.
Nancy is a past president on the Maine Occupational Therapy Association and a former director of the UNE OT... Read More
interprofessional team work
death and dying
health management and delivery
women and work
Scott has been in his current position as Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at UNE since 2012 and an occupational therapist since 2003. He enjoys not only supporting students, but also fieldwork educators at partner facilities around the country. His clinical experience includes various adult and older adult settings such as acute care, skilled nursing facilities, and home health. Other areas of focus for Scott include various professional issues at the state and national level, diversity within OT, and advocacy for the profession.
In the... Read More
General and Professional Issues in OT
Acute Care/SNF/Home Health OT
Diversity in OT
Administration and Management
social policy and advocacy
Jane has been teaching and providing occupational therapy services to children and youth for over 26 years. She has published in topics related to occupational therapy practice for children and youth in the areas of motor control and motor learning, play and playfulness, Model of Human Occupation, community wellness, and assessments. Jane serves as co-editor and author of several textbooks, including: Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents (7th ed.); Introduction to Occupational Therapy (4th ed.); Pediatric Skills for Occupational Therapy... Read More
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
Kristen has been a member of the Athletic Training Faculty since August 2006. She was also Assistant Athletic Trainer from 2006-2013 in the Department of Athletics. She has previously worked as an Athletic Trainer at Saco Bay Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Bonny Eagle High School and University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She received a Masters Degree in Athletic Training from California University of Pennsylvania in 2003 while also working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Washington and Jefferson College... Read More
Clinical Exam and Diagnosis
Caroline Beals is an assistant clinical 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... Read More
OT in acute hospital settings
OT advocacy and leadership
Jessica received her Master’s degree from the University of New England in 2005 and doctorate in 2013 from Nova Southeastern University. Her clinical experience crosses the continuum of care from acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing and home health. Her primary practice area is physical dysfunction, and has interest in neuro-rehabilitation and research. In recent years, Jessica has served as adjunct professor at local graduate OT programs in Maine. Jessica’s leadership history includes serving as Vice President for the Vermont... Read More
Physical Dysfunction: Neurologic Population; Standardized Assessments
Chris has been in practice as an occupational therapist for close to 20 years with a primary focus in adult intervention. His true passion is working with consumers who have high level cognitive deficits and the utilization of occupation based assessments to address executive dysfunction. Chris maintains a strong interest in the role of occupational therapy in advancing opportunity for disabled consumers to access community services, education, transportation, and... Read More
OT practice with adults who have physical rehabilitation needs
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
Jen is a graduate of UNE, class of 2007. She works primarily in acute mental health. In the community, her first 9 years she did mostly group therapy interventions with children and adolescents and now works as a coordinator, building the clinical programming and providing staff more clinical education. She is trained in multiple forms of cognitive and behavioral therapies. Jen has been a CI for many former UNE graduates and is an adjunct professor in the mental health lab and therapeutic use of self... Read More
OT intervention with children and adults who have psychosocial needs
Kendall has been working at UNE since July of 2015. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maine at August in 2010 and will be graduating from UNE's MPH program in August of 2017. Before coming to UNE, Kendall worked for the Maine Veterans' Homes in Augusta, ME and Maine Medical Center. Kendall served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Austin, TX for the Texas Rural Water Foundation in 2013. Read More
Sue has been working at UNE since December of 2016. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Merrimack College in 1990 and will begin UNE's Master of Public Health program in summer of 2017. Before coming to UNE, Sue worked in the higher education and international education sectors. She spent ten years at the Council on International Education Exchange as Manager of Institutional Relations for their study abroad division and ten years as the Director of Enrollment, Academic and Student Affairs at The Salt... Read More