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
Shelley's research and scholarship focuses on children and families; and end-of-life; health perspectives of vulnerable populations
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
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 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
professional workforce education and training
young children (birth - 5) and families
traumatic experience and recovery
substance use disorders
body-mind-spirit oriented therapies
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 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
Adult mental health
grant writing and management
Intimate partner violence
Creative Arts Applications in Social Work
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
Human Sexuality with a special emphasis on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Integrated Social Work Practice
and public policy analysis
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
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
adult mental health.
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 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
Trauma Informed Care
Individual and Family Therapy
Aging with Dignity
Specializing in Narrative approaches to complex issues
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
Trauma Informed Care
Positive Youth Development
Trauma Informed Systems of Care
Mutual Aid and Ethnic Self Help Groups
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
The uses of art as a medium for social justice and healing
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
Secondary trauma; vicarious trauma; addictions
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
Community-Campus Partnerships; Community-Engaged Research; Research Ethics
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
and working with individuals with disabilities
the Hard of Hearing and Deaf population.
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
Child and adolescent development
human services practice
individuals and families
adolescents and families
research and practice
international social work/human services
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 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 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
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
Professor Emeritus of Social Work
Social determinants of health; impact of health disparities on chronic illnesses; poverty and health; social work in health and mental health; empowerment-based practices.