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Collyn J. Baeder, M.P.H.

(She/Her)

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

Location

Harold Alfond Forum, Room: 259
Biddeford Campus
Eligible for Student Opportunities


Collyn J. Baeder has worked at the University of New England (UNE) since 2012. She teaches undergraduate courses in research methods and health education, and she manages the internship program for Health, Wellness, & Occupational Studies students. For these efforts, Collyn has earned awards for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring & Advising in 2022, Undergraduate Teaching Excellence in 2021, and Distinguished Research Mentorship in 2019.

In 2010, Collyn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont, majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Studio Art. She graduated with a Master of Public Health (MPH) from UNE in 2016. As part of her MPH, Collyn was involved in two interprofessional, arts-based research projects. Along with a UNE Master of Social Work student, she participated in a 'PhotoVoice' project using 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' project using art to investigate topics of identity and perception with older adults.

Collyn’s other primary public health interest lies in environmental health. She conducted her MPH Practicum 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 professional life, Collyn enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading fiction, creating art, and being outdoors in the beautiful state of Maine.  

Credentials

Education

BACHELOR OF ARTS – Major: Philosophy, Minor: Studio Art
University of Vermont
2010
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH – Capstone & Practicum: Environmental Health
University of New England
2016

Expertise

Environmental health
Health education
Public health
Qualitative research
Research methods

Research

Other scholarly activity

 

– IRB-APPROVED PROJECTS –


Telewellness Project, University of New England – Biddeford, ME (11/2020 – 5/2021)
Co-Investigator & Faculty Advisor
(Meuser T, Solomons N, Cohen Konrad S, Robnett R, Springer S, Owens C, Baeder C, Maia A, Wehry S)

  • As part of interprofessional faculty team, co-led telewellness project with local older adults.
  • Implemented through the University’s Centers for Excellence in Aging & Health, Collaborative Education, and Digital Health, and approved by the University’s Institutional Review Board.
  • Equipped older adult participants with computer tablets and facilitated educational wellness sessions with interprofessional student teams.

Student Peer Teaching Research, University of New England – Biddeford, ME (11/2017 – 6/2019)
Co-Principal Investigator
(Baeder C, Pardue K, Mills B, Lawlor H, Fortier B, Beals C)

  • 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.

Holistic Health Programming Research, University of New England – Biddeford, ME (3/2018 – 12/2018)
Faculty Advisor  
(Towne K, Atkinson L, Wasina E, Ruth H, Gendron M, Clarke L, Penrod E, Baeder C)

  • 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 (Biddeford, ME), evaluated the impacts of the Center's holistic health programs for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. 
  • 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.

Adaptive Winter Sports Research, University of New England – Biddeford, ME (1/2017 – 5/2017)
Faculty Advisor  
(LeBlanc D, Baeder C)

  • 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 (Newry, ME) 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.

Visual Voices Project, University of New England – Portland, ME (10/2014 – 10/2015)
Co-Principal Investigator
(Baeder C, Hull Z, Masterjohn R, Sedarski V, Jung A, Boulos R, Robnett R)

  • Led a community-based, graduate student research project titled “Visual Voices: An Arts-Based Assessment of the Perceived Identity of Aging Maine Residents”.
  • Approved by the University’s Institutional Review Board and funded by a mini-grant from the University’s Interprofessional Education Collaborative.
  • Using the Visual Voices arts-based research methodology, in which participants create artwork and engage in group discussions, investigated the perceived identity of residents of the Park Danforth (Portland, ME) senior living facility.
  • Collaborated with an interprofessional team of graduate students (public health, social work, and occupational therapy), as well as a community liaison from Park Danforth.
  • Collected and analyzed qualitative data (artwork, written statements, and transcriptions of group discussions) and quantitative data (pre- and post-project surveys’ Likert scale results) to assess the project’s impact.

PhotoVoice Project, University of New England – Portland, ME (9/2013 – 5/2014)
Co-Investigator
(Bottino L, Baeder C)

  • Participated in community-based, graduate student research project titled “PhotoVoice: Assessing Barriers to Health Among Maine's Somali Refugee Women”.
  • Approved by University’s Institutional Review Board and funded by a mini-grant from the University’s Interprofessional Education Collaborative.
  • Using the PhotoVoice arts-based research methodology, in which participants take photographs and engage in group discussions, investigated barriers to health for Somali refugee women from the Riverton Park (Portland, ME) public housing community.
  • Collaborated with an interprofessional team of graduate students (public health and social work), a social worker from the Portland Community Health Center, and a community liaison from Riverton Park.
  • Collected and assessed qualitative data (photographs, written statements, and notes from group discussions).
     

– Presentations –
 

  • Baeder C, Farady S, Cariddi A. An innovative event production & implementation model to advance sustained transdisciplinary collaboration in higher education. Oral presentation: 4th Annual Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference; July 22, 2022; Virtual.
     
  • Baeder C, Pardue K, Mills B. From day 1: Peer teachers educate, role model, & immerse undergraduate first-years in interprofessional competencies. Poster presentation: Interprofessional Education Collaborative's Inaugural Virtual Poster Fair Showcase; October 19, 2021; Virtual.
     
  • 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: 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: 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: University of New England Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning's Susan J. Hillman Minigrant Poster Session; September 5, 2019; Biddeford, Maine, United States.
     
  • Dukes E, Baeder C. Intergenerational living at Saint Joseph’s Rehabilitation & Residence in Portland, Maine. Accepted abstract: Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging’s Annual Summit, Age of Possibilities; August 14, 2019; Concord, New Hampshire, 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 2nd International Conference Where’s the Patient’s Voice in Health Professional Education 10 Years On?; November 12-14, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
     
  • Bottino L, Hall C, Baeder C. Assessing barriers to health among Maine's Somali refugee women through interprofessional collaboration. Accepted abstract: 25th Anniversary Conference & Celebration, Enhancing Lives Through Arts & Health; January 17, 2014; Houston, Texas, United States.

 

    – FUNDED GRANTS –

       

      • Baeder C, Pardue K. Evaluating the impacts of peer teaching on first-year student transition, engagement, & interprofessional learning. Funded mini-grant: University of New England Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning; May 17, 2018; Biddeford, Maine, United States.
         
      • Crosby A, Hull Z, Baeder C. Art and storytelling at The Park Danforth. Funded mini-grant: Maine Arts Commission Creative Aging Partnership Program; July 21, 2015; Portland, Maine, United States.
         
      • Baeder C, Hull Z, O’Brien N, Masterjohn R, Sedarski V, Jung A. Visual Voices: An arts-based assessment of the perceived identity of aging Maine residents. Funded mini-grant: University of New England Interprofessional Education Collaborative; February 3, 2015; Portland, Maine, United States.

      • Bottino L, Baeder C. Photovoice: A visual narrative into the lives of Maine refugees. Funded mini-grant: University of New England Interprofessional Education Collaborative; September 19, 2013; Portland, Maine, United States.
         

      – Research Assistance –
       

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

      • As part of MPH Practical Experience, assisted with data compilation for 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”.

      Riverton Park Water Quality Study, University of New England – 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 & 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 Methods

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