Shelley Cohen Konrad

Shelley Cohen Konrad, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., F.N.A.P.


Professor, School of Social Work

Director, Center to Advance Interprofessional Education and Practice


Hersey Hall 327
Portland Campus
Eligible for Student Opportunities

Shelley Cohen Konrad PhD, LCSW, FNAP is the founding Director of the Center to Advance Interprofessional Education and Practice, the interprofessional hub of the University of New England. Shelley is also a professor in the School of Social Work. A clinical social worker by training Shelley specializes in practice with children and families and in interprofessional collaborative practice. The second edition of her book, Practice with Children and Families: A Relational Perspective was published in December 2019. In 1988 Shelley established Touchstone Psychotherapy Associates, a mental health collaborative designed to meet the complex needs of children, families, and carers. She co-founded the Kids First Center in 1997, a Portland-based non-profit program serving children, parenting partners, and families experiencing divorce and parental separation. 

Shelley now focuses most of her professional attention on building and enhancing student, faculty, and practitioner skills for contemporary clinical and community practice with the goal of improving healthcare for all people. In 2010 she was named founding director of UNE's Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), now known as the Center to Advance Interprofessional Education and Practice (CAIEP). CAIEP designs and implements collaborative programming that brings together students, community members, professional staff, and faculty to learn about, from and with each other. The purpose of shared learning is to prepare graduates to be both excellent in their chosen fields as well as proficient members of their future clinical and community practice teams. Aims of collaborative education include improving patient safety, promoting population health, advocating for social inclusion, lowering provider burnout, and advancing equitable, culturally-informed, quality health care. 

Shelley's research and scholarship focuses on   interprofessional education and collaborative care and measuring IPE’s impact on workforce practice. She’s also produced scholarship in the areas of the use of the arts in health education, health perspectives of vulnerable populations, and relational learning. Most recently she’s worked on several grant projects with MaineHealth including ones funded by the American Association of Medical Colleges to develop a toolkit to help providers address health misinformation with patients and colleagues and another SAMHSA grant investigating harm reduction. 

Shelley’s an Associate Editor for the Journal of Interprofessional Care, the Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, and the Journal of Family Social Work. Her own work is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She travels nationally and internationally to consult with other universities to help with building interprofessional education and collaborative learning at their sites. Shelley is on the steering committee of IPR.Global, a group that promotes global health and interprofessional initiatives through research and scholarship. She works closely with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education to plan their annual Nexus Summit.

Shelley remains passionate about integrating the arts and health education and practice. Her new book, Social Work and the Arts: Expanded Horizons, co-edited with Dr. Michal Sela-Amit from USC, will be out in late 2023.

Shelley enjoys collaborating with faculty and students on innumerable projects. You’ll find her at 




Simmons College School of Social Work
Boston University, Developmental Psychology


  • Interprofessional education

Board Certifications and Licenses



Current research

Current research includes:

Cross-institutional and local study of the impact of interprofessional education on professional clinical practice.

Collaborative projects with MaineHealth exploring health misinformation and developing toolkits for students and providers to address it with patients and colleagues.

Collaborative project with MaineHealth pediatric specialists to explore hesitancy of pediatric primary care/family practitioners to work with children living with autism.

Selected publications


Sakamoto, I. & Cohen Konrad, S. Using Reader’s Theater to Enhance Reflexive Social Work Practice, Research, and Education, pp. 179-191. In Eltje Bos & Ephrat Huss, Eds., Using Art for Social Transformation: International Perspective for Social Workers, Community Workers and Art Therapists. London: Routledge.


Hayman, J., Cohen Konrad, S., Chaudron, L., Mallar, L., Price, G., Prast, B, Safarik, J., & Mallory, L. Addressing COVID-19 Misinformation in Maine Through Collaborative Learning and Interprofessional Education. In Southwell, B. G., Anderson, A., Berry, A., Weems, K., and Howley, L. (Eds.) (2023). Equipping Health Professions Educators to Better Address Medical Misinformation. RTI Press Publication No. OP-0086-2303. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press. 


Crampsey, E. W., Rodriguez, K., Cohen Konrad, S., DeCarvalho, S., Pelletier, K., Jaeger, C., Rogers, D., Hall, C. (2023). The impact of immersive interprofessional learning on workplace practice. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice, 31, 100607.


Cohen Konrad, S. Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. The Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work.


Cohen Konrad, S. Commentary: More resilient health care will come from systems, not individuals. Special to the Portland Press Herald (November 5, 2022).


Khalili, H., Park, V., Daulton, B., Langlois, S., Wetzlmair, L. C., MacMillan, K. M., El-Awaisi, A., Green, C., Ballard, J., Pandey, J. Konrad, S. C., Frost, J., Başer Kolcu, M. I.., Kolcu, G., McCartan, C., Baugh, G., Gaboury, I., Breitbach, A., Brown, R., Pfeifle, A. (2022). Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) in Post-COVID Healthcare Education and Practice Transformation Era – Discussion Paper. Joint Publication by InterprofessionalResearch.Global, American Interprofessional Health Collaborative & Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, ISBN: 978-1-7366963-3-0. Available at


Perez, A., Phillips, R., Cohen Konrad, S., Shore, N., & Webster, M. A Transformative Model for Culturally Informed Social Work and Health Professions Education. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/15313204.2022.2137718.


Cohen Konrad, S. & Pardue, K. (2021). The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2021. Health Professions Faculty for the Future: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: NASEM.


Meuser, T., Cohen Konrad, S. Robnett, R., and Brooks, F. (2021). Telecollaboration in gerontology service learning: Addressing isolation & loneliness in a pandemic. (04 Aug 2021).


Amato, C., Cohen Konrad, S., Clarke, L, Husman, C., Bartholomew, A., & Beal, C. (2020). Jumpstarting Cross-disciplinary Collaboration in Undergraduate Social Work Education. Advances in Social Work, 20(2), 1-26.

Mokler, D., Cohen Konrad, S., Hall, K., Rodriguez, K., St. Pierre, S., Thieme, V. S., & Van Deusen, J. (2020). Learning Together: Interprofessional Education at the University of New England. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 120(8), 1-7.


Cohen Konrad, S. (2019). Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. Encyclopedia of Social Work Online. NY: Oxford University Press.

Cohen Konrad, S. (2019). Child and Family Practice: A Relational Perspective, Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Cohen Konrad, S., Fletcher, S., Hood, R., & Patel, K. (2019). Theories of power in interprofessional research –developing the field. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 33(5), 401-405.

Dunn, K. & Cohen Konrad, S. Stronger when combined: lessons from an interprofessional, jail-based service-learning project. Partnerships: A Journal of Service Learning and Civic Engagement, 10(1), 117-128.


Pardue, K.T., Cohen Konrad, S., & Dunbar, D.M. Weaving interprofessional education into nursing curricula.  In M. Oermann, J. DeGagne, & B. Phillips (Eds.), Teaching in nursing and the role of the educator (Chapter 8, pp. 135-152).  New York: Springer Publishing Company.


Cohen Konrad, S. Art in Social Work: Equivocation, Evidence, and Ethical Quandaries, Research on Social Work Practice, 1-5. DOI: 10.1177/104973151773589

Rubin, M., Cohen Konrad, S., Nimmagadda, J., Scheyett, A., & Dunn, K. Social Work and Interprofessional Education: Integration, Intersectionality, and Institutional Leadership. Social Work Education, 1-17.

Cohen Konrad, S. C., Cavanaugh, J., Hall, K., Rodriguez, K., & Pardue, K. T. A five-session interprofessional team immersion program for health professions students. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice, 6, 49-54.


Pardue, K. T. & Cohen Konrad, S. Leveraging Online Learning and Creative Narrative to Advance Interprofessional Competency Development. Collaborative Healthcare: Interprofessional Practice, Education and Evaluation (JCIPE): Vol. 7: Issue. 1, Article 3. Available at:

Pardue, K. T., Konrad, S. C., Morton, J., & Mason, T. Community-based Interprofessional Education: Partnerships Promoting Health and Well-being, Chapter 7, In E. Speakman, Interprofessional Education in Nursing.


Morton, M. L., Withers, M., Konrad, S. C., Buterbaugh, C. & Spence, R (2015). Bridging the gaps: An early integrated support collaborative for at risk mothers in rural Maine. WORK: The Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 44, 1-11.


Dow, A., Blue, A. V., Konrad, S. C., Earnest, M., & Reeves, S. Interprofessional Leadership in the United States. In D. Forman, M. Jones, & J. Thistlewaite (Eds.). Leadership development for interprofessional education and collaborative practice. New York: Palgrave McMillan.


Konrad, S. C. (2013). Social Work Practice with Children and Families: A                                                 Relational Perspective. Chicago: Lyceum Press.

Dow, A., Konrad, S. C., Blue, A. V., Earnest, M., & Reeves, S. (2013). The Moving Target: Outcomes of Interprofessional Education, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 27, (5), 353-355.

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Dow, A., Konrad, S. C., Blue, A. V., Earnest, M., & Reeves, S. The Moving Target: Outcomes of Interprofessional Education, Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2013 Konrad, S. C. (2013).

Social Work Practice with Children and Families: A Relational Perspective. Chicago: Lyceum Press.


Konrad, S. C. & Morton, S. C. (2012). If I feel judged by you, I will not trust you: Relational Practice with Addicted Mothers. In J. Berzoff (Ed.), Falling through the cracks: Psychodynamic Practice with vulnerable and oppressed populations, pp. 106-140. New York: Columbia University Press.

Cavanaugh, J. T. & S. C. Konrad. (2012).

Fostering the development of effective person-centered healthcare communication skills: An interprofessional shared learning model. WORK: The Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 41, 293-301. Konrad, S. C. & Browning, D. M. (2012).

Relational Learning and Interprofessional Practice: Transforming Health Education for the 21st Century. WORK: The Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 41, 247-251.


Konrad, S. C. (2010). Relational learning in social work education: Transformative education for teaching a course on grief, death and loss. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 30(1).


Konrad, S. C. (2009). Loss in translation: A model for therapeutic engagement and intervention with grieving clients. Families in Society, 90(4), 407-412.

Funded grants

2023        AAMC Health Professions Education Curricular Innovations Grant in collaboration Phase 1 Project with MaineHealth  AAMC Health Professions Education Curricular Innovations Grant in collaboration Phase 2 Project with MaineHealth. Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Learning: Team Based Communication Objective, Structured Clinical Encounter (OSCE) Pilot.

2022      AAMC Health Professions Education Curricular Innovations Grant in collaboration Phase 1 Project with MaineHealth. Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Learning: a Novel Training Tool for Addressing COVID-19 Health Misinformation.

2019    Konrad, S. C., Crampsey, E., Hall, K., Rodriguez, K. Interprofessional Education: A 5-year Analysis of its Impact on Workplace Practice. $11,000.

2017     Konrad, S. C. (PI) HRSA BHWET Grant, Training in Aging and Diversity, $1,420,102.

2017    Konrad, S. C. WCHP Mini-Grant, Empowering Cultural Education, $6000.

2016     Konrad, S. C. Independent Contract for Integrating Primary Care & Behavioral Health Trainings. Maine Quality Counts. $28,000.

2016     Konrad, S. C. Disseminating Trauma-Informed Knowledge for Practice. J. T. Gorman Foundation. $93,500.

2015     Konrad, S. C., Mills, D. A., Wood, D. Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Board Grant, From Campus Curriculum to Rural Health Settings, $600,000.

2014     Konrad, S. C. (PI). HRSA BHWET Grant, Community Access to Child Health in Maine (CATCH-ME), $995,661.


Invited plenary presentation

2023     Cohen Konrad, S. Dialogic Roundtable: Interprofessional Research 2030 - Global Leadership in IPECP Research with Hossein Khalili, Barbara Maxwell, Ryan Brown, & John Gilbert. Collaborating Across Borders, May 17, 2023, Toronto, Canada.

2023     Cohen Konrad, S. Forward Thinking and Adaptability to Sustain and Advance IPECP in Healthcare Transformation Following the COVID-19 Pandemic with Hossein Khalili and IPR.Global panelists. Collaborating Across Borders, May 18, 2023, Toronto, Canada.

2023     Cohen Konrad, S. From Me to We: Relational Theory and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. February 2023. University of Indiana.

2022     Cohen Konrad, S., Gray, S., Padney, J., Pfeifle, A., & MacMillan, K. Resilience Revisited: Moving the Focus from Individuals to Systems – A Conversation. Nexus Summit, September 13, 2022.

2022     Cohen Konrad, S. “A Humble Reflection on Present Challenges, Impending Changes, and Future Possibilities”: IPCL Possibilities & Challenges. Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference, July 21, 2022.

2022     Cohen Konrad, S. Re-envisioning ‘About, From, and With’: Thoughts about the Future of Interprofessional Health Education & Practice. Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference, July 22, 2022.

2022     Cohen Konrad, S. Resilience in Extraordinary Times: Co-existence and Coping in an Uncertain World. National Academies of Practice. Keynote: March 5, 2022.

2021     Cohen Konrad, S., Pérez, A., Machar, N. N., Ankam, N., Moore, J., Gomez, M., & Brown, C. What Matters Most – Practical Models for Designing and Delivering Interprofessional Practice and Education Programs with Individuals, Families, and Communities. Plenary Session: Nexus Summit, October 2021.

2021     Cohen Konrad, S., Hunt, C. & Arafat, H. Exploring Power and Unspoken Biases in Interprofessional Collaborative Education and Practice. Nexus Summit, October 2021.

2021     Cohen Konrad, S., Harmon, K., Hall, K. & Gold, S. Building Strategies for Individual, Family, & Caregiver Engagement in Health Education & Clinical/Community Practice: Continuing the Conversation. Nexus Summit, September 2021.

2021     Crampsey, E., Cohen Konrad, S., Hall, K., Rodriguez, K., Rogers, D., Jaeger, C., DeCarvalho, S. A 5-year Analysis of Interprofessional Education Impact on Workplace Practice and Lessons Learned. Nexus Summit, October 2021.

2021     Cohen Konrad, S. & Maxwell, B. Should we be considering patients in the care team or the patient’s care team? Nexus Summit, October 2021.

2020     Cohen Konrad, S. & Meyer, T., What My Health Team Needs to Know: the Patient and Caregiver Voice in the Time of COVID-19. Plenary Session: Nexus Summit, August 2020.

2020     Cohen Konrad, S., Meyer, T., Phillips, R., Perrault, A. M., & Lunsford, C. Caregiving Before, During, & After Dual Pandemics: Facts & Actions. Nexus Summit, August 2020.

2020     Cohen Konrad, S. Impossible Tensions, and Irresolvable Quandaries: Ambiguous Losses in the Year 2020. Nexus Summit, August 2020.

2020     Cohen Konrad, S., Pardue, K., & Hall, K. Conscious Instruction. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, August 2020.

2019     Training in Aging Diversity: An Academic/Community Model for Gerontological Education, Arctic Circle Assembly, Reykjavik, Iceland.

2019     Patient/Family Experience, Plenary with Ted Meyer, Dominic Quagliozzi, & Char Vine. Nexus Summit, Minneapolis, MN.

2018     Building an Interprofessional Culture: Social Work Engagement and Leadership. Keynote Address, Westfield State University, Westfield, MA.

2017     Achieving Robust & Sustainable IPE. Keynote: IPEC Institute, Long Beach, CA.

2017     The Ethics of Social Work and Activism. Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare. Bangor, ME.

2017     Including the Patient and Student Voice in Interprofessional Education and Practice: An Interactive Panel Presentation. National Presentation: American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, with Sarah Shrader, University of Kansas.

2016     Social Work Leadership for Interprofessional Education and Practice. CSWE APM. Atlanta, GA, with Maureen Rubin and Barbara Jones.

2016     Transforming Education. Sargent College, Boston University, Boston, MA.

2016     Interprofessional Basics. Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, with Dr. Karen Pardue.

2015     Measuring the Process and Impact: Evaluation of IPE/IPCP in Community Settings. Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, with Dr. Jennifer Morton. 2015 

2015     Evidence for the Art of Interprofessional Learning. Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

2014     Maine AHEC's Role in Implementing Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Innovations; National AHEC Organization Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, with Karen O’Rourke, AHEC Director

2014    Meeting at the Crossroads of Care: Implementing Interprofessional Competencies. Rush University, Medical Center College of Nursing.

2014     Shared Learning at Points of Care: Improving Quality and Safety with Student Learning Teams.  IPEC Institute, Herndon, VA. with Drs. Karen Pardue and Dora Anne Mills, and student leaders.

2013     COMPtime: Competencies for Collaborative Healthcare _ Putting Creativity into IPE Curriculum, Collaborating Across Borders IV, Vancouver, BC, with Dr. Karen Pardue, Christine Hall, Ryan Eling, Cathy Plourde, Director Add Verb Productions.

2013    Expanding Interprofessional Teams to Meet the Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Communities, Collaborating Across Borders IV, Vancouver, BC with Dr. Jennifer Morton, Dr. Kowale Bankole, & Toho Soma MPH.

2013   Not Left to Chance: Building & Sustaining an Interprofessional Culture for Campus & Clinical Education. St. CatherineÕs University, St. Paul, MN

2013  Intention, Inspiration, and Integration: Building a Culture of Shared Learning amongst faculty in the Health. St. Louis University, St. Louis MS

2012 Transformation after Loss: A Story in Three Parts. Massachusetts National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference. Framingham, MA

2011 Interprofessional Education: The Context and Culture of Change. Collaborating Across Borders, Tuscon, AZ

Research interests

Interprofessional education and its impact on workforce practice; psychological safety on teams; addressing hierarchy and bias in health education; parent perspectives on quality of healthcare; impact of working with suffering in the workplace; posttraumatic growth.