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 was hired as the first Executive Director of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault where she was instrumental in developing statewide programs including the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner program (SANE) and guidelines to support the... 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.
Shelley Cohen Konrad PhD, LCSW, FNAP is Interim Director of the School of Social, 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. She... Read More
Shelley's research and scholarship focuses on children and families; and end-of-life; health perspectives of vulnerable populations
Case Management Services
Working with Adult Survivors
Poverty Issues and Strength Based Supervision
Ethical issues in Social Work Practice
Family and Child Sexual Abuse
Special Needs of Children
I have worked in non-profit and grassroots settings for many decades and have taught in the campus-based and online programs of UNE since 2004. During my long career, I’ve 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,... Read More
Adult mental health
death & dying
Native American health
creative arts in therapy
grant writing and management
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
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
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
Organization and Community Development
Trauma Informed Care
Individual and Family Therapy
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
Hello! My name is Christine Rogerson and I am so excited to be a part of the UNE School of Social Work! I myself am a UNE MSW graduate (2007). I have spent several years working in different social work capacities clinically including work within the crisis system, inpatient hospitalization with children and adults, substance abuse services, foster care programming, school social work and social work within the medical setting. In my spare time I enjoy being active, attending sporting... Read More
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
Courses: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II, Social Welfare and Policy Programs I and II, Social Work Practice I and II, Research I and II, Advanced Trauma Based Practice, Social Work & Creative Arts, Social Work Practice and the Law, Social Determinants of Health, Psychopharmacology, Substance Abuse, Multiculturalism Practice in Social Work, Contemporary Theories for Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families, Advanced Social Work Practice with Families, International Social Work in the Carribbean, Conflict Resolution.... Read More
and working with individuals with disabilities
the Hard of Hearing and Deaf population.
Hello. My name is Mary White. I am a Field Planner, Clinical Assistant Professor for the School of Social Work at the University of New England. I live with my husband and two daughters in Caribou, Maine (a rural community approximately 30 minutes from the Canadian border). I graduated with a BA in Behavioral Science from the University of Maine in Presque Isle in 1989. I entered into my Masters program in 1993 at the University of Maine at Orono... Read More
Working with people with serious and persistent mental illness
trauma and survivor issues
veteran's issues and poverty. I am particulary interested in research regarding generational poverty and its impact
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
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
Community Health & Public Health
Hello, my name is Pam Carr. It's been a pleasure being involved with the School of Social Work as an adjunct since 2013. I'm passionate about social work education and have been a field instructor for several years for various universities. Giving back to the profession is very important to me. Throughout my career I've had the opportunity to work in hospital social work, crisis intervention, and mental health. I first became interested in... Read More
medical social work
cross-cultural health concerns (especially India)
integration of mental/emotional and physical health (education and treatment).
Dr. Hamilton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado and Utah and a certified Infant Mental Health Specialist. She has worked in the social work field for almost 20 years and has experience in child welfare, adoptions, medical, and psychiatric social work. Dr. Hamilton worked in private practice as a psychotherapist specializing in family and childhood problems prior to entering higher education. While in private practice, she maintained a connection to public child welfare by evaluating, writing reports, and... Read More
I obtained by MSW from the University of South Carolina and have been a Licensed Social Worker for over 20 years. I am currently working on the last stages of my PhD in Human Services at Capella University. I am currently employed by the SC Dept. of Mental Health as a Clinical Supervisor. I also provide field supervision for the USC College of Social Work. I am also working towards my Independent Social Work Licensure.
My dissertation topic focuses on... Read More
Adult and child mental health
MSW student supervision
Professor Hyman has over over twenty years of comprehensive and progressive management and clinical experience.
My name is Monique Holsey Hyman. I live in Durham North Carolina with my husband (Craig) and two children (Madison 15, and Morgan, 12). I relocated to North Carolina eight years ago and enjoy my job at Shaw University. In May 2010 I was awarded the Shaw University “Excellence in Teaching Award”.
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree... Read More
Curriculum Development; Child Welfare; Case Management Services; New York City and State Mental Health; Non - profit administration and supervision. Student Retention Strategies; Council on Social Work Accreditation.
Hello, my name is Julia Macek, and my area's of focus have been with children and families, especially those who have attachment needs, along with children who have been traumatized and sexually abused. I believe every child deserves a chance and their families do too. I have worked with child welfare, foster can/kinship and adoption care, and have a strong desire to advocate for children and adolescent as many of them do not have a voice of their own. I... Read More
Jessica graduated with her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington and continued on to her doctoral work at Capella University in 2010. Currently she is on break from her dissertation, however, to focus her energy on higher education online program accreditation. She is interested in assessment, evaluation, and accreditation policy at the university level and plans on continuing her doctoral studies in the future. Jessica came to the University of New England in 2011 and continues... Read More
Hello, UNE community! I am a native Californian new to Maine. My undergraduate studies were done in Arcata, CA at the notorious Humboldt State University, where I studied forest ecology, www.humboldt.edu. I went on to get a Master of Science in Education in San Diego. Next, I taught at a K-8 one-room schoolhouse high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California for 10 years. The little town, Bear Valley, is situated at 7500 feet, has a population of 100 full... Read More
Online Learning Specialist
APA and AMA Formatting
Literature Review Writing
Research Design (qualitative and quantitative)
and Research Statistics
Hello UNE Community! My name is Lena Pearlman and I live in St. Louis MO with my husband (Bryan) and twins (Samantha and Matthew). I was born in Russia and moved to the states as a young child. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from Saint Louis University. I am working towards a doctoral degree.
My areas of specialty include forensics, child abuse, mental illness, dual diagnosis. However, I have been a hospital social worker, a... Read More
Human Behavior/Social Environment I & II, Advanced Psychosocial Assessment, Contemporary Theories for Social Work Practice With Individuals and Families, Domestic Violence, Psychopharmacology: Drugs/Behavior, On-line Field Instructor, Social Work & Creative Arts
and family counseling
bullying prevention and intervention
field education and supervision
I've worked in mental health settings as a licensed clinical social worker and clinical supervisor in Connecticut for three decades. I'm most proud of my involvement in the development and administration of a statewide mental health program for pre-trial youth in Connecticut's juvenile detention system. Currently, I also represent the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) on the National Commission on Correctional Health Care's (NCCHC) Board of Directors. Read More
I have worked for over a decade in the journey to end domestic violence, now residing on a board of directors for a domestic violence agency covering multiple counties. Currently I enjoy working in my own private practice, seeing many clients from a diverse population and with differenct clinical needs. I have been providing assistance in advnaced year field planning now for a few years and feel honored to be a part of your academic social work process. ... Read More
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.
Graduate of the University of Southern Maine. Enjoy working in the dynamic School of Social Work. Enjoy gardening, grandchildren, reading and volunteering at the Salmon Falls Library and the Buxton Hollis Historical Society.Read More