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Collyn J. Baeder, M.P.H.

Assistant Clinical Professor & Internship Coordinator - Health, Wellness, & Occupational Studies


Harold Alfond Forum Room: 259
Biddeford Campus
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Collyn J. Baeder has worked at the University of New England (UNE) since 2012. She is currently responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in research methods and health education, as well as developing and managing the internship program for Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies students.

In 2010, Collyn earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in Burlington with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Studio Art. She earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) from UNE in May 2016.

As an MPH student, Collyn was involved in two interprofessional student research projects. Along with a UNE Master of Social Work student, she participated in a PhotoVoice project which used photography to assess barriers to health among Somali refugee women in Portland, Maine. In addition, she worked with an interprofessional team of MPH and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy students to develop a Visual Voices research project that used art to investigate topics of identity and perception with older adults.

Collyn’s other major public health interest lies in environmental health. She conducted her MPH Practical Experience working on environmental health data and policy at the Environmental Health Strategy Center in Portland, Maine. Her MPH Capstone examined U.S. chemical control policy. In previous employment experience, she fostered her interest in the environment as a field technician conducting stream surveys and collecting water samples with the aim of assessing fish passage barriers and testing for farmland runoff.

Outside of work and education, Collyn enjoys reading fiction, creating art, and spending time outdoors in the beautiful state of Maine.  



Bachelor of Arts - Major: Philosophy, Minor: Studio Art
University of Vermont
Master of Public Health
University of New England


Environmental health
Health education
Public health
Qualitative research
Research methods


Other scholarly activity



University of New England, Student Peer Teaching Research – Biddeford, ME (11/2017 – 6/2019)
Co-Principal Investigator

  • Co-led research project titled “Exploring the Experience and Perceived Value of a Peer Teacher Model in a First Year Experience Course”.
  • Approved by University’s Institutional Review Board and funded by a mini-grant from the University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning.
  • Through facilitation of semi-structured, recorded interviews and focus groups with first-year students, student Peer Teachers, and instructors, explored the experience and perceived value of peer teaching in a first-year course from the perspectives of all involved.
  • Audio data from recorded interviews and focus groups transcribed and qualitatively analyzed.

University of New England, Thatcher Brook Center Research – Biddeford, ME (3/2018 – 12/2018)
Faculty Advisor  

  • Advised undergraduate student research project titled “Evaluating the Impact of Holistic Health Programming on the Subjective Well-Being of Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in a Community-Based Day Center”.
  • Approved by University’s Institutional Review Board.
  • Through Likert scale surveys and recorded focus groups with clients of the Thatcher Brook Center, evaluated the impacts of the Center's holistic health programs.
  • Pre- and post-program Likert scale data assessed for changes in clients' subjective well-being.  
  • Audio data from recorded focus groups transcribed and qualitatively analyzed.

University of New England, Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation Research – Biddeford, ME (1/2017 – 5/2017)
Faculty Advisor  

  • Advised undergraduate student research project titled “Meaningful Engagement in Adaptive Skiing/Snowboarding: A Narrative Inquiry of Maine Adaptive Participants”.
  • Approved by University’s Institutional Review Board and funded by the University’s Westbrook College of Health Professions.
  • Semi-structured, recorded interviews with participants of Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation's winter programs explored the meaning and impact of participation in adaptive skiing and snowboarding for individuals with physical disabilities.
  •  Audio data from recorded interviews transcribed and qualitatively analyzed.


Baeder C, Pardue K, Mills B, Dunbar D, Lawlor H. First impressions are lasting impressions: A triple nexus of teaching, modeling, & experiencing interprofessional collaboration for undergraduate first-year students. Oral presentation at: Collaborating Across Borders VII Crossroads of Collaboration Conference; October 20-23, 2019; Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.

Baeder C. Using a planetary health framework to initiate integration of health & environmental sciences in higher education & research. Poster presentation at: Maine Public Health Association 2019 Annual Conference; October 8, 2019; Augusta, Maine, United States.

Baeder C, Pardue K. Evaluating the impacts of peer teaching on first-year student transition, engagement, & interprofessional learning. Poster presentation at: University of New England Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning's Susan J. Hillman Minigrant Poster Session; September 5, 2019; Biddeford, Maine, United States.

Pardue K, Mills B, Baeder C, Lawlor H. Let's start at the very beginning: Integrating interprofessional education into a first year experience. Oral presentation at: University of New England Interprofessional Education Collaborative's Inaugural Interprofessional Showcase; September 14, 2018; Portland, Maine, United States.

Hull Z, Baeder C. Visual Voices: An arts-based participatory research methodology for community empowerment. Poster presentation at: American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition; October 29-November 2, 2016; Denver, Colorado, United States.

Hull Z, Baeder C, Jung A, Boulos RJ. Visual Voices: An innovative artistic methodology for community-based participatory research, community building, and knowledge transfer. Oral presentation at: All Together Better Health VIII International Conference on Values-Based Interprofessional Practice and Education; September 6-9, 2016; Oxford, United Kingdom.

Baeder C, Hull Z, Jung A, Boulos RJ. Visual Voices: An arts-based research methodology to engage patients, and interprofessional students and faculty. Poster presentation at: All Together Better Health VIII International Conference on Values-Based Interprofessional Practice and Education; September 6-9, 2016; Oxford, United Kingdom.

Baeder C, Hull Z, Boulos RJ , Hoffman M, Jung A, Masterjohn R, Sedarski V, Robnett R. Visual Voices: An arts-based assessment and comparison of how aging Maine adults perceive themselves and how they feel perceived by their healthcare providers. Oral presentation at: 2nd International Conference Where’s the Patient’s Voice in Health Professional Education 10 Years On?; November 12-14, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Research Assistance:

Environmental Health Strategy Center, Phthalates Report – Portland, ME (1/2016 – 4/2016)

  • As part of MPH Practical Experience, assisted with data compilation on report published by the Center in May 2016 called “Toxic Phthalates in Your Home: New Data Reveals Widespread Use of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals in Cleaners, Disinfectants, Deodorizers, Clothing, Shoes, Paints, and Personal Care Products”.

University of New England, Riverton Park Water Quality Study – Portland, ME (3/2012 – 8/2013)

  • Assisted with a study to assess the water quality of a small stream in the Riverton Park public housing community, in response to complaints from residents.
  • With the involvement of community youth, collected water samples from multiple locations.
  • Shared results of water sample analysis conducted by IDEXX Laboratories with Portland’s Department of Health and Human Services and Riverton Park community members. 

Research interests

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
Arts-Based Research (e.g., PhotoVoice, Visual Voices)
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
Environmental & Planetary Health
Qualitative Research

Research topics


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