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Associate Director

Director, Maine AHEC Network

Assistant Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4620

korourke3@une.edu

Linnell Hall
109
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

Expertise

Public Health Policy

Obesity

Public Health Systems

Health Workforce Development

Full-time Faculty

Jennifer Gunderman

Assistant Lecturer

(207) 505-1452

jgundermanking@une.edu

Linnell Hall
111
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

Expertise

Epidemiology

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

mpolacsek@une.edu

Linnell Hall
210
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

Expertise

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

amorrill1@une.edu

Linnell Hall
208
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

Expertise

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

Incarceration

Preterm infants

HIV testing

End-of-life planning

Staff

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

nobrien1@une.edu

Hersey Hall
411
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

Expertise

grant writing and management

report editing

qualitative research

public health project support

data entry and reporting