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Clay Graybeal

Ph.D., M.S.W.

Director, School of Community and Population Health;

Professor of Social Work

(207) 221-4509

Linnell Hall
On Campus

Dr. Graybeal currently serves as the Director of the School of Community and Population Health.  He served from 2008-2015 as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Westbrook College of Health Professions.   In 2012-13 he served as the Interim Director of the School of Social Work.  His  research and scholarship has focused on evidence-based practice in social work,  interprofessional education in the health professions, and more recently on the role and impact of the patient -provider alliance in improving health and social care... Read More


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

Associate Director

Director, Maine AHEC Network

Assistant Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4620

Linnell Hall
On Campus

Karen O’Rourke, MPH is the Director of the Maine AHEC Network and Assistantl Professor of Public Health in the School of Community and Population Health.  Karen also coordinates the local performance site at UNE of the New England Public Health Training Center.  She is the Co-Chair of the Maine Health Workforce Forum and Co-Chair of the Cumberland District Public Health Council’s Obesity Work Group. 

Prior to coming to UNE in 2010, Karen spent 25 years in various public health agencies... Read More


Public Health Policy


Public Health Systems

Health Workforce Development

Full-time Faculty


Rebecca Boulos

M.P.H., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(207) 221-4791

Linnell Hall
On Campus

Dr. Rebecca Boulos joined the UNE faculty as Assistant Professor in 2014. Prior to her appointment, she was a research associate at ChildObesity180, a multi-sector organization focused on reversing the trend of childhood obesity within one generation's time.

Rebecca's research interests lie at the intersection of psychological, biological and community health. To that end, she believes in the power of community engaged research to ignite individual and community activism and ownership over changing psychological and social conditions that influence weight-related... Read More


physical activity promotion

nutrition interventions

Community Interventions

Obesity prevention

Community Health & Public Health

Jennifer Gunderman

Assistant Lecturer

(207) 505-1452

Linnell Hall
On Campus
Teaching Online

I came into public health by failing organic chemistry as an undergraduate at Providence College. My goal was to be a physician but soon realized that my skill and passion belonged elsewhere. Luckily my college has a public health major, and the rest is history.  My background includes being a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, working with the state of Maine health department as an infectious disease epidemiologist, providing technical assistance to Caribbean countries on HIV surveillance, and even owning an organic farm.  I live... Read More



Global Health

Maternal and Child Health

Infectious Disease

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Michele Polacsek

Ph.D., M.H.S.

Associate Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4466

Linnell Hall
On Sabbatical
On Sabbatical From: Fall 2015 to Spring 2016

I am a trained behavioral scientist with experience in public health practice and research in a variety of settings. I began my work in public health in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. My experience in HIV prevention provided me with skills in survey design and development, psychometrics, the analysis of data on social determinants of health. During my doctoral training I gained valuable skills running a large random digit dialing telephone survey. By 1994, I was working on... Read More


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

Associate Research Faculty

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Allison C Morrill

J.D., Ph.D.

Interim Associate Dean for Research

Associate Research Professor

(207) 221-4578

Linnell Hall
On Campus

I am a seasoned investigator with a Ph.D. in Psychology and 24 years of experience designing and evaluating health-promoting interventions – especially media-based interventions – for health providers and consumers.  I have a particular interest in women’s health, in particular sexual health, relationship dynamics, and intimate partner violence – and the connections among those.  My special methodological expertise is multi-method studies that combine qualitative and quantitative data, often from multi-level sources.  ... Read More


Evaluation Research

Program Evaluation Design

Health promotion intervention

Human subjects

Data analysis

grant writing

HIV prevention

Obesity prevention

Child custody

Violence against women

Intimate partner violence


Preterm infants

HIV testing

End-of-life planning


Nicole OBrien

Research Assistant, Center for Excellence in Health Innovation

Project Manager, Community Access to Child Health in Maine (CATCH-ME) grant

(207) 221-4575

Hersey Hall
On Campus

Nicole has worked in public health as a research assistant on a variety of projects, grants, evaluations and reports. Over the past six years, she has organized events, worked with students and community partners and participated in projects ranging from grant coordination to organizing interprofessional trainings.  Nicole currently manages the Community Access to Child Health in Maine (CATCH-ME) grant. In this capacity she supports the PI in implementing the goals of the CATCH-ME grant by coordinating student stipends, filing federal grant reports, hosting annual trainings and acting as the liaison... Read More


grant writing and management

report editing

qualitative research

public health project support

data entry and reporting

Mary Frances Smith

Coordinator, Community Health Rotation, Maine AHEC Network

(207) 221-4461

Linnell Hall
On Campus

Maryfrances Smith is the Coordinator of the Community Health Rotation, a program of the Maine AHEC Network’s Program Office which is located in the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation on UNE’s Portland Campus.

In this role she manages and is responsible for clinical coordination and development of practice sites for UNE COM’s Community Health Rotation for third year medical students.  She has been involved with the Maine AHEC since 2005.

Smith has been at UNE since April 2001.  Prior... Read More


Health Careers Workforce

organizational management

Development of clinical rotation sites and preceptors

Historical research