People

Administration

Shelley Cohen Konrad

Shelley Cohen Konrad

Ph.D., L.C.S.W., F.N.A.P.

Director, School of Social Work

Director, Interprofessional Education Collaborative

Professor

(207) 221-4514

scohenkonrad@une.edu

Hersey Hall
426

Shelley Cohen Konrad PhD, LCSW, FNAP is the Director of the School of Social Work, Professor in the School of Social Work and Director of the  Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). A clinical social worker by training Shelley specializes in practice with children and families. Her book, Practice with Children and Families: A Relational Perspective was published in 2013. In 1988 Shelley established Touchstone Psychotherapy Associates, a mental health collaborative designed to meet the complex needs of children, families, and carers.... Read More

Expertise

Shelley's research and scholarship focuses on children and families; and end-of-life; health perspectives of vulnerable populations

Cyndi Amato, MSW

Cyndi Amato

M.S.W.

Associate Director, BSW Program

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4510

camato@une.edu

Hersey Hall
428

Before taking her position at UNE, Cyndi Amato, M.S.W. worked in the field of sexual assault response and prevention for 20 years, first as a crisis and support line advocate and support group facilitator, which lead her to pursue her masters degree in social work. She held the positions of Executive Director of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Executive Director of Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM) overseeing a 24-hour crisis and support line, education programs,... Read More

Expertise

Program development; non-profit administration and supervision; sexual violence response and prevention; institutional abuse; trauma; grant writing; community organizing; crisis intervention; management of interdisciplinary teams; policy development.

Kelli Fox

Kelli Fox

LCSW

Director, Field Education

Assistant Clinical Professor

SBIRT Faculty and Champion

(207) 221-4223

kfox2@une.edu

Hersey Hall
405

Kelli has spent 30 years in the field of social work and addiction.  Her lifelong career goal has been to become a full time member of the UNESSW faculty, which came to fruition in 2014, after having served as an adjunct for nearly 20 years.  Social work education has been a passion since graduation from UNESSW in 1991.  

Throughout her clinical work, Kelli has learned from mentors and her own experiences to recognize the power of positive and authentic relationship to create healing and... Read More

Expertise

Organizational development

change

and leadership

professional workforce education and training

young children (birth - 5) and families

traumatic experience and recovery

substance use disorders

vicarious trauma

body-mind-spirit oriented therapies

Full-time Faculty

Clay Graybeal

Clay Graybeal

Ph.D., M.S.W.

Professor of Social Work

Director, SBIRT Training for Maine's Future Health Professions Leaders

Chair, York District Public Health Council

(207) 221-4509

cgraybeal@une.edu

Hersey Hall
415

Dr. Graybeal  most recently served as Director of the School of Community and Population Health at UNE.  Prior to that he was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Westbrook College of Health Professions.   In 2012-13 he also 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... Read More

Judith Boudman

Associate Lecturer

(207) 762-0687

jboudman@une.edu

Judith Boudman has worked in non-profit and grassroots settings for many decades and has taught in the campus-based and online programs of UNE since 2004. She has worked as a community organizer, an executive and supervisor, a grant/contract writer, a clinician and an educator. The venues have been mixed: battered women’s shelter and a sexual assault program, crisis program, native American tribal governments, community mental health centers, foster grandparent program, universities, neighborhood organization, hospice and a psychiatric hospital. These work experiences... Read More

Expertise

Adult mental health

hospice

grant writing and management

Community Organizing

Intimate partner violence

Organizational development

Creative Arts Applications in Social Work

Franklin Brooks

Franklin Brooks

MSW, Ph.D., LCSW

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4597

fbrooks@une.edu

Franklin Brooks, MSW, Ph.D., ACSW, LCSW, has been in clinical social work practice since 1988. He has taught at the UNE School of Social Work for two different time periods, 2006-2007 and 2014-present teaching both foundation year and advanced year social work practice courses. In addition, he has been active in social change efforts in Maine for several decades including legislative advocacy for sexual and gender minorities which informs his teaching of social policy advocacy methods in the UNE SSW... Read More

Expertise

Human Sexuality with a special emphasis on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Integrated Social Work Practice

and public policy analysis

Thomas McLaughlin

Professor

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

(207) 221-4511

tmclaughlin@une.edu

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

Expertise

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

Amy Coha

Amy Coha

M.S.W., LCSW

Clinical Professor

acoha@une.edu

Hersey Hall
421

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

Expertise

Field education

domestic violence

sexual assault

criminal justice

adult mental health.

Valerie Jones

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4505

vjones@une.edu

Valerie is a 2007 graduate of the UNE MSW program.  She was an adjunct instructor at UNE from 2010 to 2016 teaching courses in groups, grief and loss, social work practice with children, adolescents, and families, and field education.  She was hired as a full time Assistant Clinical Professor in August of 2016 focusing primarily in the area of Field Education.Read More

Craig Owens

Craig Owens

MSW, LCSW

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4205

cowens@une.edu

Hersey Hall
Room 423

Craig lives in Western Maine with his wife Anne Marie and faithful companion Max; a unique labrador/boxer that never tires of hiking and chasing anything that runs.  As a 2001 graduate of the UNE School of Social Work, Craig is a fervent believer that given the right resources and support individuals, families, and communities can heal and grow from individual and systemic trauma and oppression and reclaim their rightful claim to living healthy and dignified lives. He is passionate about... Read More

Expertise

Trauma Informed Care

Individual and Family Therapy

Aging with Dignity

Addictions

Specializing in Narrative approaches to complex issues

Arabella Perez

Assistant Clinical Professor

aperez3@une.edu

Hersey Hall
407

Ms. Perez, originally from Newark New Jersey, with a short stint in Miami Florida, is a licensed clinical social worker in Maine, holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, and has been a practicing social worker and therapist for 24 years. She is a native Spanish speaker and daughter of parents from Cuba and Puerto Rico.  Prior to joining UNE, Ms. Perez was a system of care director from 2005-2015, leading three Substance Abuse Mental Health... Read More

Expertise

Trauma Informed Care

Positive Youth Development

Trauma Informed Systems of Care

Mutual Aid and Ethnic Self Help Groups

Multicultural Awareness

Lori Power

Lori G. Power

M.A., Ed.D.

Lecturer

Coordinator, Applied Arts and Social Justice Certificate

(207) 221-4493

lpower@une.edu

Hersey 410

Lori is the founding coordinator of the School of Social Work's Applied Arts and Social Justice Certificate.  Writing, theatre, music, dance, and film are some of the many ways the arts can be used to bring about healing, both at the individual and societal levels, and Lori loves them all. She lives in Portland and grows ridiculous amounts of food.Read More

Expertise

The uses of art as a medium for social justice and healing

David Prichard

Professor

dprichard@une.edu

Hersey Hall

David Prichard, PhD, LCPC, LADC has been in clinical practice specializing in primary and secondary trauma for over 30 years.  He has taught at UNE since 1993, originally as Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2007.  He has been teaching across the MSW curriculum as well as in other health disciplines, including Physical Therapy, Nursing, and the College of Medicine. He has taught as well at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of South Florida. He has served as Assistant... Read More

Expertise

Secondary trauma; vicarious trauma; addictions

juvenile corrections

Nancy Shore

Nancy Shore

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

Professor

(207) 221-4507

nshore@une.edu

My desire to pursue a MSW solidified after working abroad in Central America. Given my interest in maternal and child health, I went to the University of Washington for my MSW and MPH. After working in the field for about four years at a Head Start program, I became increasingly interested in research and policy and opted to return to the University of Washington for a doctoral degree in social welfare.

I joined UNE’s social work faculty in 2004 moving... Read More

Expertise

Community-Campus Partnerships; Community-Engaged Research; Research Ethics

Amy Storch

Amy Storch

B.S.W, M.S.W, Ph.D., LCSW

Senior Lecturer

(207) 221-4396

astorch@une.edu

Off-Campus

Dr. Amy Storch, BSW, MSW, PhD, LCSW joined UNE's SSW family in 2010 and loves that this position truly is a gift that keeps on giving. In addition to teaching, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a nationally Certified American Sign Language Interpreter. She is an enthusiastic New York Yankees fan and resides in one of the best cities in the world - The Big Apple!

Courses: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II, Social Welfare... Read More

Expertise

crisis intervention

substance abuse

mental health

and working with individuals with disabilities

specifically

the Hard of Hearing and Deaf population.

Leslie Yaffa

Leslie Yaffa

MSW, EdD

Associate Lecturer

(207) 221-4486

lyaffa@une.edu

Off-Campus

Dr. Leslie Yaffa has spent 20 years in the field of human and social services and has held clinical social work positions in hospitals, community and agency settings. She has worked with children, youth and adults in clinical, academic and community development settings. Dr. Yaffa received her EdD from Nova Southeastern University (Florida), MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University(Toronto) and BA (honours) from York University (Toronto).  Her research is devoted to an anti-oppressive framework and looks at program development in Jamaica.  Dr. Yaffa is the founder... Read More

Expertise

Child and adolescent development

human services practice

individuals and families

diversity

working/understanding children

adolescents and families

mental health

field placement

research and practice

international social work/human services

Professional Staff

Bob Chance

Bob Chance

B.A., M.F.A.

Staff Assistant

(207) 221-4513

rchance@une.edu

Hersey Hall
427

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

Tiarra LaPierre

Staff Assistant, School of Social Work

(207) 221-4557

tlapierre1@une.edu

Hersey Hall
404

Tiarra LaPierre graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Environmental Science. After graduating she worked with local non-profits Avesta Housing and Learning Works, as an Americorps VISTA. She joined the UNE School of Social Work in June of 2016.  She enjoys hiking, biking, running, and reading. Read More

Meg Webster

Meg Webster

TESOL Certified

Student and Faculty Support Specialist

(207) 221-4508

mwebster4@une.edu

Hersey Hall
424

Meg Webster joined UNE’s School of Social Work staff in August of 2016.  Prior to being hired at UNE,  she worked at the Intercultural Community Center in Westbrook, ME as a Program Coordinator and ELL Teacher where she provided services within the immigrant, refugee, and asylee communities.   Before this, she worked at UMaine Orono's Intensive English Institute, John Bapst High School's International Dorm, and The Shaw House Homeless Shelter for Teens in Bangor, ME.  

Meg also does freelance media art production producing... Read More

Emeriti

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

Expertise

Integrated Social Work Practice

Social Work With Groups

Homelessness

Poverty and Mental Health Issues

betsey gray

Betsey Gray

MSW, LICSW

Director of Field Education

Expertise

Field education

older adults and their caregivers

interprofessional education.

Professor Emeritus of Social Work

Expertise

Social determinants of health; impact of health disparities on chronic illnesses; poverty and health; social work in health and mental health; empowerment-based practices.