Alphabetical List of Faculty and Staff

Nina S. Bennett

B.A. (Honors English Literature)

Alzheimer's Disease Training Program Coordinator

(207) 221-4564

Linnell Hall

Nina is the Alzheimer's Disease Training Program Coordinator for UNE's Geriatric Education Center (GEC) supplemental grant. She provides support for state-wide educational trainings for health professionals to improve the detection and early intervention of Alzheimer's Disease.Read More


proposal and report writing



basic data analysis

strategic planning.

Director, Graduate Programs in Public Health, Associate Professor

(207) 221-4464

Linnell Hall


Human development and education: curriculum development and instructional design; faculty development; socio-moral education; distance education and new learning technologies; assessment strategies in education.

Director of Analytics

(207) 221-4574

Linnell Hall

Mr. Cattabriga has over 25 years experience applying technology to business success. His expertise in Project Management, Data Warehouse and Application Development, and Informatics has delivered solutions ranging from a Medical Claims Data Warehouse, Web-based Claims Analysis application, to automated process control equipment.

Gary received his B.S. in Physics from Cornell University. His positions have included: Software and Hardware Engineer for several engineering firms, President of his own technology consulting company, Director of IT for Fresh Samantha,... Read More


Project management

data quality management and process improvement.<br /><br />Data warehouse design & development

clinical & claims data analysis

business intelligence tools

and website design.<br /><br />Web and client-based application development.

SNAP Ed Nutrition Program Coordinator

(207) 221-4602

Linnell Hall

Anne-Marie is a Registered Dietitian with over 25 years of experience in the field of nutrition and health promotion.  She has worked in a wide variety of settings including education, business, non-profit and health care.  She most recently served as the Wellness Director for Casco Bay YMCA and as a School Health Coordinator in RSU No. 5 (Durham-Freeport-Pownal). Prior to these roles, Anne-Marie was employed by the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service as Coordinator II: Community... Read More


public health

Foods & Nutrition

Exercise Science

Research Associate

(207) 221-4571

Linnell Hall

Ruth Dufresne is the Principal Investigator/Lead Evaluator, Maine CDC/DHHS, Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Maine; PI/Team Lead, the New Hampshire Chronic Disease Epidemiological Services. She evaluates public health chronic disease prevention programs and priority interventions. As an evaluator and epidemiologist, Ruth: develops and assists with implementation of surveillance and evaluation plans; develops and administers surveys; conducts interviews; provides expertise in CD epidemiology and evaluation; collects and analyses CD data; and provides overall grant management. She has 20 years of public health experience and... Read More




grant writing

chronic disease prevention

strategic planning.

Interim Director, School of Community and Population Health;

Associate Dean, WCHP

Professor of Social Work

(207) 221-4509

Linnell Hall

Dr. Graybeal currently serves as the Interim Director of the School of Community and Population Health and as Associate Dean in the Westbrook College of Health Professions.   In 2012-13 he served as the Interim Director of the School of Social Work.  His scholarship has focused on evidence-based practice in social work and in interprofessional education across teh health professions.  He has a particular interest in the exploring the relationship between science, creativity, and personal and organizational change.

In collaboration with Dr.... Read More


Evidence-based practice; the alliance between provider and patient/client; interprofessional education; transformative practice; the creative arts in social work.

Zoe Hull-Sfredo

B.A. Sociology-based Human Relations

Staff Assistant

(207) 221-4463

Linnell Hall

Ms. Hull-Sfredo comes to the University of New England with a background in Behavioral Health Case Management for refugees, asylees, survivors of human trafficking, and other at risk immigrant populations. Read More

Praphul Joshi


Assistant Professor

(207) 221-4475

Linnell Hall

Praphul Joshi received his masters and doctoral degrees from Norman J Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina majoring in health promotion, education and behavior. He obtained his degree in dental surgery from Bangalore University, India. His area of expertise is in program planning and evaluation. He served as the program evaluator for South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in 2004. From 2005 _ 2011 He served as the assistant professor at the University of Louisiana... Read More


program planning/evaluation

<br />Chronic Disease Prevention

<br />Adolescent Health

<br />Oral Health

Adjunct Faculty, Public Health

(207) 430-0650


Amy Kinner is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Public Health Program, where she teaches the Principles of Epidemiology course. She is also a Health Services Researcher at Onpoint Health Data (formerly the Maine Health Information Center), where she conducts healthcare research and analysis using a variety of data sources, includingmedical claims data and hospital inpatient/outpatient data. Prior to joining Onpoint Health Data, Amy was a Research Associate at UNE's Center for Health Policy, Planning, and Research (CHPPR) with a... Read More



health policy; survey research; evaluation of public health programs; management and analysis of health data.

Judith A. Metcalf


Director UNE-Maine Geriatric Education Center

Clinical Instructer/Nurse Practitioner Mature Care

(207) 221-4459

Linnell Hall

Judith A. Metcalf, APRN, BC, M.S. began as the Director of the UNE-Maine Geriatric Education Center December 1, 2003. Judy has her Bachelor's in Nursing from Salem State College Salem, Mass., her Master's from Boston University and her Post-Master's Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification in Primary Health Care Nursing from Simmons College. Judy's position as Director, UNE-MGEC is complemented by her involvement in the UNE Mature Care Practice, as a nurse practitioner, providing primary care to older adults in residential, assisted living,... Read More



Adjunct Professor

(207) 299-2131


I am originally from the Greater Portland area of Maine. I am family physician and epidemiologist and have spent my career teaching, doing clinical work, and doing research. After finishing my clinical training, my wife and I worked for 3 years in a hospital in rural Zimbabwe, where I became interested in public health. Afterward, I got my PhD in epidemiology from UNC-Chapel Hill and worked for the CDC in their Epidemic Intelligence Service. Subsequently, I taught Family Medicine at... Read More


Family Medicine

preventive medicine

public health

infectious disease epidemiology

evidence-based medicine


Dora Anne Mills

M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.

Vice President for Clinical Affairs

(207) 221-4621

Hersey Hall

Dr. Mills is a Maine native who was raised in Farmington, graduated from Mt. Blue High School, Bowdoin College, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Pediatric Internship and Residency Program, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a board-certified pediatrician who practiced as a hospitalist in Los Angeles (two years) and in a pediatric practice in her hometown of Farmington (four years). She also practiced medicine in several rural international locations, including Tanzania... Read More

Ivan G. Most

Sc.D., P.E.

Associate Professor

(207) 934-2338


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Ivan's research interests focus on the effect of work organization and environment on occupational health. He has consulted for many area companies providing health hazard reviews

corporate training and environmental assessments. In addition

he has publ

Adjunct Faculty

(207) 859-5838


Liam OÕBrienÕs expertise are broadly in the areas of biostatistics and epidemiology.  His statistical methodological interests are in longitudinal data particularly as they relate to applications in psychiatric epidemiology and maternal and child health. He received his doctoral degree in biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health.  He also holds bachelor of science degrees in engineering physics and mathematical sciences from the Colorado School of Mines. His primary appointment is Associate Professor of Statistics at Colby College in... Read More


Biostatistics<br />Psychiatric epidemiology<br />Public health program evaluation

Director, Training and Practice, School of Community and Population Health; Director, Maine AHEC Network

(207) 221-4620

Linnell Hall

Karen O'Rourke is the Deputy Director for Program Development at UNE's Center for Community and Public Health on the Portland campus.  Karen coordinates the Maine-Harvard Prevention Research Center (MHPRC), an obesity related research and research translation program in partnership with the Harvard Prevention Research Center and the state health department.  She also works on several other initiatives of the Center for Community and Public Health. 

Karen is also an adjunct professor and Outreach Coordinator for the Graduate Programs in Public Health where she works with MPH students to identify field placement opportunities.  

Prior to... Read More


Public Health Policy


Public Health Systems

Research Associate

(207) 221-4562

Linnell Hall


Carrie Buterbaugh joined the CHPPR team in October

2010. Her primary projects are Project Launch

the St. Louis County Community Health Needs Assessment

the Maine State Asthma Plan project

and OneMaine Health.

Leslie Ouellette


SNAP-Ed Nutrition Program Coordinator

(207) 221-4496

Linnell Hall

Leslie is a SNAP-Ed Nutrition Program Coordinator. Leslie was the creative director and technical administrator for social media initiatives targeted towards public health professional and food stamp recipients and she assisted with nutrition programming. 

Current work includes collaborating on county HMP workplan for nutrition  education programs including nutrition education for children,  Cooking Matters, food pantry nutrition education and farmers' market cooking demonstrations in addition to managing the collaborative website (Wiki).... Read More

Michele Polacsek

Ph.D., M.H.S.

Associate Professor

(207) 221-4466

Linnell Hall

 Michele Polacsek received her master's degree in international health in 1989 and her doctoral degree in public health social and behavioral science in 1994 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She began her work in public health in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and by 1994 she was working on chronic disease prevention and was doing community based teaching and research at the University of New Mexico where she held joint appointments in the department of Communication and Journalism and the... Read More


Childhood Obesity<br />Chronic Disease Prevention<br /><br />Social and Behavioral Health

Research Associate

(207) 221-4566

Linnell Hall

MHS   1999    Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health
BA    1995    Brown University


Research Associate - Center for Health Policy, Planning and Research,University of New England, 2008-present

Director of Planning & Special Projects - Central Peninsula Health Centers, Inc, 2005-2008

Senior Research Program Manager-Supervisor - Center for General Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins... Read More


Kira Rodriguez joined the CHPPR team in December

2008. Her primary responsibilities have included managing a Robert Wood Johnson funded Vermont Health Reform evaluation and providing technical assistance to a Rural Health Network in Hancock County made

RuthAnne Spence


Research Associate Professor

(207) 221-4573

Linnell Hall

Dr. Spence joined the Center for Community and Public Health in 2010. She oversees the Maine Comprehensive Cancer Control Evaluation, The Maine Oral Health Program Evaluation, and the Project LAUNCH Evaluation. Read More


*Comprehensive Program Evaluation for Community-Based Public Health Initiatives<br />*Public Health Systems Research

Analysis and Evaluation<br />*Grant Administration and Grant Writing<br />*Development of Data Collection Methodology and Instruments<br

Sue Stableford

M.P.H, M.S.B.

Director, Health Literacy Institute

(207) 221-4567

Linnell Hall

Sue is a nationally known health literacy expert who trains, consults, engages with research teams, develops print and web-based materials, and publishes in peer-reviewed journals. She works with a broad spectrum of national and local organizations engaged in medical care, community health, and public health. She works across disciplines and health topics, with expertise ranging  from environmental health and chronic disease prevention to shared decision-making. Her work with the University of Rhode Island and RI Department of Health won 2... Read More


Health literacy

plain language

and clear health communication. The Health Literacy Institute provides plain language consulting


and materials development. We work in the public and private sectors

in academia

in public health and medicine

Hank Stabler


Research Associate, Development

(207) 221-4565

Linnell Hall

Mr. Stabler has full-time responsibility for overseeing or assisting in writing federal, state, and local grants including competing and renewal opportunities for the Center for Community and Public Health. Prior to joining CCPH, Mr. Stabler worked for Karlsberger Healthcare Consulting, Ann Arbor, MI, assisting in strategic and operational planning, implementing lean design, and best practice programming for U.S.-based hospital planning and design. Before this Mr. Stabler worked as the Finance Officer at Medical Care Development International in Silver Spring,... Read More


grant development

Gail Tudor

Ph.D., M.S.


(207) 941-7039


Gail received a BA and MS in Biometrics from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of North Carolina. After graduation she spent three years working at Quintiles, Inc., a contract research organization that helps biotechnology companies and pharmaceutical companies get their newly designed drugs approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). She spent a year at West Virginia University, Department of Statistics, then three years at the Duke Clinical Research Institute teaching and consulting and then... Read More


Categorical data analysis

research design

questionnaire design

Kathleen Jeanne Welch


Assistant Prof., HIV Prevention/Services Evaluator for the Louisiana Office of Public Health

(504) 301-1912

750 Stevens Avenue

I have a varied background, with a BA in Russian Language and Literature and an MA in Education. My career in public health started when I worked for CARE-USA in Moscow, Russia. I designed, implemented and analyzed some of the first population-based health surveys in the former Soviet Union. I continued my education at Tulane  University where I obtained an MPH and PhD. I have an interdisciplinary PhD in international health, sociology and epidemiology. During my ten years in New... Read More


Global Health