Clay Graybeal

Dr. Graybeal is a Professor in the School of Social Work.  From 2014-2016 he served as Director of the School of Community and Population Health and from 2008-2015 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 improving health and social care outcomes .  He has a particular interest in the exploring the relationship between science, creativity, and personal and organizational change.

In collaboration with Dr. Barry Duncan, he is currently directing an instrument validation study designed to assess the utility of a standardized measure for the alliance between primary care providers and their patients. He also Directs a SAMHSA funded traing grant to integrate SBIRT training into health professions education.  (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment.  He chairs the York District Public Health Council, and serves on the Boards of Directors of the York County Shelter Program in Alfred, ME, and the Regenerative Outcomes Foundation based in Nashville, TN. 



Rutgers University



Fordham University



Ohio University


Board Certifications and Licenses

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Maine


Current Research

Graybeal, C., Duncan, B., Reese,R.,& Brandt, K. (2013-2018) PCOMS-Health Instrument validation study on the Wellness Rating Scale and Provider Alliance Scale.  Supported through in-kind contributions from UNE, Southern Maine Health, & Peak Vista CMHC, Colorado.

Research Interests

Evidence based practice; the arts in social work; alliance measures in health and mental health

Selected Publications


Graybeal, C., Duncan, B., Brandt, K., Reese, J. (submitted) PCOMS-Health: Validation of an ultra-brief patient-centered measure of the physician-patient alliance



Graybeal, C. (2014).  The art of practicing with evidence. Clinical Social Work Journal, 42(2), pp 116-122.


Graybeal, C., Long, R., Scalise-Smith, D., & Zeibig, E. (2010).  The Art and Science of Interprofessional Education.  Journal of Allied Health, October.



Graybeal, C. & Cohen Konrad, S. (2008). Strengths-Based Risk Assessments: Concepts, Contradictions, and Cumulative Benefits.  In Contemporary Risk Assessments in Child Protection, Martin Calder, ed.



Graybeal, C., (2007).  Evidence for the Art of Social Work.  Families in Society, 88(4), pp. 513-523


Graybeal, C. & Cohen, M. (2007). Using solution-oriented techniques in mutual aid groups. Social Work with Groups, 30(4), 41-58


Graybeal, C. (2001) Strengths-based social work assessment: Transforming the dominant paradigm.  Families in Society, 82(2), 233-242

Other Scholarly Activity

Graybeal, C., Fortier, B, & Nalley, B., Integrated Substance Use Prevention and Care: When SBIRT meets IPE, Maine Public Health Association Annual, Portland, ME. October 17, 2017

Graybeal, C., Substance Use and Abuse: A Balanced Approach to Prevention and Care, Central Maine Community College, April 24, 2018

Graybeal, C., Fortier, B., & Nalley, B., Integrated Substance Use Prevention and Care: When SBIRT meets IPE, Opioid Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment Conference, University of New England, Portland, ME, October 28, 2017

Graybeal, C., Integrated Substance Use Prevention and Care: When SBIRT meets IPE, East Tennessee State University, 3rd Annual IPE Conference, Pigeon Forge, TN, April 21, 2017

Graybeal, C., & Dane, P., Interprofessional Education: Making it Work, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD April 12-15, 2011

Pardue,K., Graybeal, C., & Smith, K.  Readers Theater: The Use of Arts and Humanities in Promoting Interprofessional Education, American Dental Education Association Annual Session, San Diego, CA, March 12-16, 2011

Konrad, S., Plourde, C., & Graybeal, C., Creativity and Innovation in Interprofessional Shared Learning, IPE Ontario, Toronto, Canada, January 24, 2011

Graybeal, C., & Pardue. K. Interprofessional Education: Creating a Context for Collaboration, Annual Meeting, Association for Schools of Allied Health Professions, Charlotte, NC, October 21, 2010

Rubin, A., Gambrill, E., LeCroy, C., Graybeal, C., Parrish, D., Is Evidence-Based Practice Being Oversold in Social Work Education?, Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Portland, OR, October 14-17, 2010

Konrad, S.K., & Graybeal, C., Revisioning the next step: A collaborative process for building and promoting an interprofessional education infrastructure for transformative learning, Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education and Practice, Philadelphia, PA, March 13, 2010

Funded Grants

Graybeal, C., Principal Investigator:  SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment.  SAMHSA. $290k/yr. for three years, 9/30/16-9/29/19.  


Invited Plenary Presentation

Graybeal, C., Science and Creativity: The Art of Personal and Organizational Change, Annual Meeting, Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine, (CCSME), Augusta, ME, June 27, 2014

Graybeal, C. Science, Art, and Improvisation, Plenary Address at the “Improvisation for Lasting Change” conference, Orono, ME, August 2, 2007

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

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