Shelley Cohen Konrad

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

Professor, School of Social Work

Director, Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education


Hersey Hall 327
Portland Campus

Shelley Cohen Konrad PhD, LCSW, FNAP is a  Professor in the School of Social Work and Director of the Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education (CECE). 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, family disruption, and parental separation. 

Shelley is committed to improving the quality of health and health-related care for all people. In 2010 she was named founding director of UNE's Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) and in 2019 IPEC was named as a Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education. CECE designs and implements educational programming that brings together students 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 practice teams. The overall aims of collaborative education are to improve patient safety, promote population health, social inclusion, and advance equitable, culturally-informed, quality health care. 

Shelley's research and scholarship focuses on the use of arts in health education: health perspectives of vulnerable populations, relational learning, and interprofessional education and collaborative care. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Interprofessional Care and the Journal of Family Social Work. Her own work is widely published in peer-reviewed journals. She travels nationally and internationally to consult with other universities seeking to enhance collaborative learning and present her scholarship and research. Shelley is an avid reader, art collector, gardener, baker, lover of the ocean, and enjoys time with her family on the coast of Maine.



Simmons College School of Social Work


Interprofessional education

Board Certifications and Licenses



Current research

HRSA Funded CHANNELS Project: Integrating cultural awareness, health literacy and collaborative practice education; promoting collaborative leadership; and including Community Health Outreach Workers as members of the interprofessional health team.
Evaluating impact of IPE in campus-based and community health environment education.

Selected publications


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.

Please contact Dr. Cohen Konrad if you're interested in continuing a conversation.

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

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

Jun 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.

Jun 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.

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

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

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

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

Research interests

Patient/consumer perspectives and voice; Hierarchy and bias in interprofessional learning; Interprofessional education and practice; Parent perspectives on quality of health care; impact of working with suffering in the workplace; posttraumatic growth.