Kirsten R. Buchanan

Kirsten Buchanan



(207) 221-4355

Proctor Hall

Dr. Buchanan joined the Physical Therapy faculty as an assistant clinical professor at the University of New England in 2014 after serving as an adjunct professor for more than 10 years.  She received her BA in German from Colby College where she was awarded distinction in her major and was selected to Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University while also finishing requirements for a certification in Athletic Training.  In 2001 she... Read More


Foot and Gait Biomechanics

ACL injury prevention

Ling Cao

Ling Cao

M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty for the Graduate Studies of the Biomedical Sciences and Engineer (GSBSE) program, The Graduate School, University of Maine, ME

(207) 602-2213

Pickus Center


Neuroimmunology and immunotoxicology.

lillian cardell

Lillian Cardell


Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing

(207) 221-4485

Blewett 214

Lillian Cardell is a graduate of Walden University with an MSN in nursing education.  Lillian comes to us with 27 years of clinical experience, most of that in the high acuity intensive care setting, a specialty which she is certified in.  Having been a traveling nurse intermittently during her career, she has seen much of the country and different nursing styles.  Currently working in the intensive care unit at Southern Maine Heath Care and throughout her career, Lillian has been... Read More

Alanna Carlin

Alanna Carlin


Associate Lecturer

(207) 602-2530

Harold Alfond Forum

Alanna Carlin joined the Applied Exercise Science faculty in 2008.  Prior to joining the UNE community she worked in both clinical and sport performance settings.  Carlin is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition.  Carlin received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology - Exercise Science from University of New Hampshire and her Master’s degree in Physical Education - Biomechanics from Eastern Washington University.  Her interests include sports ... Read More


Sports Nutrition

fitness testing and prescription

and kinesiology/biomechanics

Lara Carlson

Lara A. Carlson

DPE., F.A.C.S.M., C.S.C.S.

Associate Professor

Board of Trustee & President-Elect, New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine

United States Department of Veterans Affairs faculty appointment

(207) 602-2810

Pickus Center

Dr. Lara Carlson is currently an Associate Professor in the Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England (UNE). She received her Bachelors from Southern Connecticut State University, her Masters from the University of South Dakota, and her Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College. Prior to her UNE appointment, she was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Castleton State College in Vermont for seven years. Outside the classroom, Dr. Carlson was an U.S. ranked hammer thrower in Track... Read More

courtney carmichael

Adjunct Faculty

(207) 221-4100

Proctor Hall

Courtney has been an Occupational Therapist for nine years with the primary focus in geriatrics and psychiatry. She has specialized in managing challenging behaviors in the aging population through positive engagement in exercise, sensory stimulation/ modulation, and task activities. Her fall risk prevention and strategies... Read More


OT practice with adults and children who have psychosocial deficits

Clinical Reasoning

Cognitive Strategies

joe carter

Joseph Carter

RN, MSN, MDiv.

Associate Clinical Professor

Clinical Coordinator

(207) 221-4458

Blewett Science Center

Joseph F. Carter, RN, MSN, MDiv. received his BSN and MSN from the University of Southern Maine. He received his Master of Divinity from The Catholic University of America. His nursing practice has been in Adult Health, End of Life and Hospice Care. He currently is an associate clinical professor at the University of New England. He joined UNE in 2004, and in... Read More


Adult Health

Medical-Surgical Nursing

Clinical Instruction and Evaluation

Adult Education

Patient Education

International Nursing Education

Nurse Preceptor Education

Spirituality and Health Care.

Liz Scott-Cavallaro

Clinical Placement Coordinator

(207) 221-4528

Hersey Hall

Liz Cavallaro, the Physician Assistant Program's, Clinical Placement Coordinator, has been with the University of New England for over 12 years with an educational background in Secretarial Science.  Liz has established communications with multiple Hospitals and Preceptors, allowing for a respected and well rounded clinical experience for our second year students.  Liz works directly with the Clinical Coordinator to ensure that the students' rotations operate smoothly and efficiently.  Before Liz was the Clinical Placement Coordinator, she has also been the... Read More

deb cavanaugh

Adjunct Faculty

(207) 400-7670

Proctor Hall


Deb graduated from Duke University in 1987 with a Masters in Physical Therapy, and completed the transitional DPT at Shenandoah University  in 2013.   She has experience in adult rehabilitation (both neurological and orthopedic) in a variety of settings, including outpatient orthopedics, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing,  and home health.  She currently works in a private outpatient practice and has become certified in LSVT BIG for treatment of Parkinson's disease. She is also an enthusiastic gardener and is a... Read More

Jim Cavanaugh

Jim Cavanaugh

PT, Ph.D

Neurologic Clinical Specialist Emeritus

Interim Program Director

Associate Professor

(207) 221-4595

Proctor Hall

Dr. Cavanaugh joined the PT faculty in 2007 in large part for its student-focused, community-oriented culture.   He is an active member of the university faculty, with special interest in interprofessional education. He received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 and completed his physical therapy training with a MS degree from Duke University in 1987. From 1996-2016, he was a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. In 2004, he earned a Ph.D in... Read More


Physical therapy; neuropathology and neuromuscular disorders; physical rehabilitation; geriatrics; mobility and balance problems; dizziness and inner ear dysfunction; physical activity; ambulatory activity monitoring; fall prevention.

Thomas McLaughlin


Co-Director for the Social Work Center for Research and Evaluation

(207) 221-4511

Hersey Hall
Some room on the 4th Floor of Hersey Hall-(BTW, its Hersey not HERSHEY like the chocolate)

Born and raised in rural Maine town with no traffic lights and a limited number of stop signs, Tom is a consummate Mainer. Tom savors all things Maine which are loosely defined by the four seasons of "sea scallop season"; "maple syrup season"; "raspberry season" and, of course, "apple picking season". 

Tom is humbled by the Maine accent in his speech as it reminds him of his sense of place, where he comes from.  However, Tom’s international colleagues and friends from away claim he is... Read More


Cost effectiveness of social service delivery systems; mental health and social welfare policy delivery systems and policies; community organizing; non-profit organizational management and sustainable infrastructure; social service research infrastructure

Bob Chance

Bob Chance

B.A., M.F.A.

Staff Assistant

(207) 221-4513

Hersey Hall

Robert Chance has worked at the University of New England since 2001. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and A Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Limerick in Ireland.Read More

Jeanne Charles

Jeanne Roof Charles

P.T., M.S.W., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(207) 221-4596

Proctor Hall

Dr. Charles is an assistant professor in the PhysicalTherapy Program at the University of New England. She earned a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York  at Buffalo and received a MSW from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In 2005 she earned a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the Biobehavioral Studies Program at Columbia University where her studies focused upper extremity motor control in children with unilateral cerebral palsy(UCP). Both her doctoral and post-doctural... Read More


motor control

Motor Learning

Pediatric Rehabilitation


Sarah Coffey

Administrative Assistant

(207) 221-4272

Blewett Science Center

Sarah has been with the UNE Department of Nursing since 2015. She enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter & dog, crafting, gardening, snacking and being outside during the warmer months.Read More

Amy Coha

Amy Coha


Clinical Professor

Hersey Hall

Amy L. Coha, MSW, LCSW has been a clinical social worker for thirty-two years.  Her social work practice includes clinical work with survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, individuals with mental illness, program development, training and consultation with mental health and criminal justice systems and expert witness testimony.  In 2000, she joined the School of Social Work Field Faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor.  In 2006 she was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor. Her major responsibilities are in field education. She... Read More


Field education

domestic violence

sexual assault

criminal justice

adult mental health.

Professor Emeritus of Social Work

Marcia has been a member of the UNE School of Social Work faculty since the program began in 1988, developing and teaching courses in social work practice, group work, homelessness and poverty,social welfare policy and organizational change. She has published extensively on  topics including homelessness and poverty, social work education and social work practice with groups. She is an active member of the international group work community and a long term member of the International Association for Social Work with Groups. Her book,  Empowering... Read More


Integrated Social Work Practice

Social Work With Groups


Poverty and Mental Health Issues

Ruth Collard

Ruth Collard


Clinical Instructor of Dental Hygiene

(207) 221-4317

Ruth Collard  Full time clinical instructor in the University of New England dental hygiene clinic. 

graduate of University of Minnesota school of dental hygiene in 1978

graduate of University of Minnesota undergraduate degree in social psychology 1980Read More

Molly Collin

Adjunct Faculty

(207) 504-7122

Proctor Hall

Collin's experience lies in both adults and pediatrics in a variety of settings throughout southern Maine. In 2004 she began exclusively treating children with cranial deformities and torticollis, and in 2008 she presented at the AOTA national conference. Currently, she works at South Portland Nursing Home treating both skilled and

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Jim Conley

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4525

Hersey Hall

James C Conley, PA-C is a graduate of the Arizona School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program. After graduation he worked in a Rural Emergency Department before transitioning to UNE's PA Department in 2012. His first Masters Degree was in Cardiopulmonary Perfusion studies from Northeastern University. He worked in Cardiac Surgery for 18 years prior to becoming a Physician Assistant. Prior to that, he worked as a Surgical Technician while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology from Texas Christian... Read More


Cardiac Physiology

pulmonary Physiology

Delivery of Services in Urgent/Emergent Setting

Leah Coplon

Leah Coplon

M.P.H., M.S., C.N.M

Adjunct Nursing Faculty

(207) 221-4490

Leah has worked for UNE since 2009. She has taught Maternal/Child Health, Intro to Nursing and Interprofessional Core. She currently works for the department developing courses for the RN to BSN program.Read More