Faculty

Wanda Anderson, LCSW

Wanda is a native of Northern Maine. She has been a faculty member at the University of New England, MSW Program since 2003. Her area of interests include: working with children and families, sexual abuse issues, special needs children, case management, working with adult survivors, poverty issues and strength-based services. Wanda is the Coordinator for Online Field Education and has presented extensively on Social Work Ethics, including: Rural Social Work, Ethical Decision Making Models, and Ethical Supervision.

Dean Bailey, MPA, LSW

Dean Bailey has worked in the mental health field for over 40 years. After completing his Bachelors in Social Work at the University of Southern Maine, he began his career as live-in staff at a small group home for individuals with mental illness; he participated in the initial community mental health outreach efforts in Portland, Maine. In 1982 he was hired by the State of Maine as the children’s caseworker for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and he took part in the efforts to remove all children from Pineland, Maine’s institution for the mentally retarded. Moving on to Vocational Rehabilitation, Dean managed a caseload of individuals with mental illness for 10 years, setting the record for the number of individuals closed in gainful employment in 1996. Returning to school for his Masters in Public Administration, he moved on to the Maine Bureau of Health where he worked as an epidemiologist, publishing a number of studies on suicide attempts in Maine. During his last five years as a State employee, Dean managed all residential programs for children in the State, both treatment foster care and residential service. Dean is currently the Manager for Special Projects at Sweetser, and one of the first certified Mental Health First Aid trainers in Maine. He is certified to lead both the Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid courses, as well as the Veterans and Military Family Members component. He lives in Auburn with his wife, Dawna.

Grace Brace, LCSW

Grace is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty five years’ experience in the social work field. She has significant experience with youth and families who have experienced complex trauma. Grace enjoys supporting families and youth to explore and find options and solutions for the challenges that they are experiencing. Grace has worked with children, individuals, couples and families. She has experience with adoption and foster care; and has worked with families within agencies, clinical settings and within their homes. Grace obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine at Orono & received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Connecticut. Grace has training in Trauma, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy. She uses services that are brief solution focused techniques that are designed to empower individuals to maximize their skills. Grace is a Registered Play Therapist, a Certified Trauma Consultant and a Certified Trainer for TLC.

Marylena Chaisson, LCPC

Marylena is a clinical supervisor in the Case Management program at Health Affiliates Maine.  She also has a small private practice in Wilton where she focuses her efforts on helping clients improve their resiliency, set effective boundaries, live more mindfully, and commit to living a life focused on their individual personal values.  She has worked in community mental health in Maine since 2003, including in direct care, supervising and as a program manager for case management, disaster mental health, residential care, community integration, DLSS services and crisis response and stabilization programs.  She has a special interest in rural mental health care and improving access to care for rural Mainers.  She is also a contracted trainer for Maine’s Disaster Behavioral Health Team through the Maine CDC and regularly offers trainings on Psychological First Aid and Skills for Psychological Recovery throughout the state.

Meredith Charney, Ph.D.

Dr. Charney is a licensed clinical psychologist who recently joined the Psychology Specialists of Maine practice. Prior to joining, she spent the past 7 years at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders (CATSD) at Massachusetts General Hospital providing clinical care and conducting research on traumatic stress, anxiety disorders, and complicated grief. For the last 2 years of her time at CATSD, she was the director of psychotherapy and training.

Amy Coha, LCSW

Amy retired from the University of New England School of Social Work where she was employed for twenty-one years as a Clinical Professor and Director of the MSW Field Education.  Her social work experience includes working with individuals with mental illness and survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.  Coha was Associate Director of the Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 15 years.  In that capacity she was responsible for the shelter program, developed a counseling program for survivors of battering, provided expert testimony on IPV/DV in criminal and civil court cases, and was a subject matter expert for the Michigan Law Enforcement Training Council (MLEOTC). She also provided trainings to law enforcement, judges, probation officers, and magistrates. She continues to provide Expert Witness testimony in criminal cases in Michigan. In Maine she has presented workshops and seminars on intimate partner violence at the Sweetser Training Institute and at a number of agencies throughout the state.  In 2008 Ellen Ridley of Family Crisis Services and Coha received a grant from the Bingham Foundation exploring the experiences of victims/survivors of abuse/battering when seeking mental health counseling. Coha’s work in the field of Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence has included micro, mezzo and macro practice.

Jeanne Croy, LCSW, CCS

Jeanne (she/her) has over 20 years of experience in mental health, working with children, adolescents and adults in the fields of mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, and forensic interviewing and evaluations. She was awarded two fellowships at the Yale School of Medicine as a Psychiatric Social Work Fellow and Zigler Fellow and is a former faculty member at the Yale Child Study Center. She has specialized training in a range of therapeutic modalities, including evidence-based treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, and other concerns. She is currently in private practice in Springvale, Maine.

Shayne Croy, LCSW, LADC

Shayne (he/him) has over 20 years of experience in mental health, including extensive work with high-risk adolescents. He received his Master’s in Social Work from University of Connecticut, an internationally leading program in the field. He is trained and certified in a number of recognized, evidence-based modalities for substance use, trauma, anger and aggression, depression, issues of gender and sexuality, and other challenging life issues. He has received specialized training and supervision in Brief Strategic Family Therapy under Olga Hervis, one of the model’s developers, and the Duluth Model in domestic violence interventions.    He is currently in private practice in Springvale, Maine. 

Cheryl Daly, LCSW, LADC, CCS

Cheryl earned her MSW from the University of New England, in 2005.  She has over 25 years of experience working in the homeless community in CA, NYC, MA and ME. She has additionally supported individuals living with HIV/AIDS, worked closely with individuals navigating addiction, and assisted individuals in the exploration of their gender identity.   She has worked clinically supporting homeless youth through the Day One Street Program, based out the Preble Street Teen Center, for 16 years. 

Rebecca Diggins, LCSW

Rebecca is a native of Southern Maine. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Social Work and has been a clinical social worker for over 14 years. Currently, Rebecca is a Field Practicum Coordinator at the University of New England’s Master of Social Work Online program. Her passion is to work with teens and adults and specializes in group work, grief and loss, and serious illness. 

Jessica Griffin, Psy.D.

Jessica is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), where she has been a faculty member since 2006. Dr. Griffin is a nationally recognized expert in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She has trained and provided consultation for thousands of clinicians across the United States. With funding from SAMHSA/NCTSN in 2012, as Principal Investigator and Executive Director, she developed the UMMS Child Trauma Training Center, with a focus on training, treatment, and resolving access issues for court-involved youth who have experienced trauma; UMMS CTTC was refunded in 2016.

Dr. Griffin is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a specialty in forensic assessment of children and families, particularly with regard to childhood trauma. She has extensive expertise in childhood maltreatment and trauma, relationships, psychological assessment, and divorce and custody matters. Dr. Griffin worked extensively in the UMASS Family Court Clinics, continues to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the family courts, performing court-ordered evaluations and expert testimony in juvenile, family, and criminal courts. She presents regularly at local, national and international level on topics related to childhood trauma, relationships, TF-CBT, and forensic evaluation of children and families. Dr. Griffin has been featured on NPR, Fox News, the Insider, iHeartRadio, and other media outlets and is the psychological expert on a television docuseries about marriage and divorce, the Seven Year Switch on A&E’s Lifetime’s Television network as well as is a relationship expert on Lifetime Television’s Married at First Sight.

Teresa L. King, LCPC

Teresa earned a Bachelors in Social Work, and Masters in Counseling at Oral Roberts University, in Tulsa Oklahoma. After graduating, Teresa returned to the coast of Maine and took a position as a Children’s Services Caseworker, for the State of Maine Department of Human Services in Ellsworth, Maine. While there, she earned her clinical counseling license. After leaving the Department of Human Services, Teresa worked at Crossroads Christian Counseling Center in Bangor Maine. In 1996 she opened her private practice in Northeast Harbor, Maine. Additionally, Teresa was given the opportunity to join the clinical staff at Acadia Family Center, in Southwest Harbor Maine, in 2016. Teresa continues providing counseling services at both locations.

Jamie Leavitt, LCSW

Jamie has been a proud and passionate clinical social worker for over 20 years. She has experience in a variety of settings such as residential, school based, child welfare, and health care. Jamie has also been in private practice for 8 years, and has used animal assisted therapy with her Goldendoodle Ollie.

Christine Linnehan, LCPC, BC-DMT, FT

Christine is a licensed clinical professional counselor in private practice in Scarborough, ME. For over 20 years she has specialized in work with grieving children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has been a clinical consultant at the Center for Grieving Children since 2004. Previously, she worked in inpatient and partial hospitalization trauma treatment programs. Drawing from her training as a board-certified dance/movement therapist, she utilizes mind/body strategies in her clinical work designed to promote resilience and wellbeing.

Christine is certified as a Fellow of Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and Counseling and is trained in EMDR from the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She has received training in Family Therapy at the Family Institute of Cambridge and in Couples Therapy at the Gottman Institute (Level 2). She completed the Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP). She is active in AFSP Maine and is a facilitator for their annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. Christine has a special interest in the impact of suicide loss on children and families.

Patrice Lockhart, MD

Patrice is a board-certified psychiatrist who serves as medical director of the New England Eating Disorders (NEED) Program, which recently moved to Sweetser. She loves her work as much as her almost family, and making music.

Rebekah McIntyre, LCSW-cc

Rebekah comes from a diverse clinical background spanning nearly 20 years in intensive trauma-focused work with children to comprehensive care for adults with intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injury. She incorporates critical thinking and a passion for social justice into all aspects of her work. A New England native, she also has a passion for alpine skiing and spending time outdoors.

Ann Palozzi, Psy.D.

Dr. Palozzi earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in education from the University of Maine at Orono. As an educator, Dr. Palozzi worked with children and adolescents addressing a full spectrum of issues and disabilities. She returned to school in Honolulu, Hawaii in the early 1990’s to obtain her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. While in Hawaii, she was exposed to a muticulturally diverse population and worked as a neuropsychologist through 2017. With over 20 years of experience specializing in neuropsychology, Dr. Palozzi currently serves as a private practitioner in southern Maine working with a broad spectrum of clients.

Erin Pontbriand, LCPC-cc, CADC

Erin is a Conditionally Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She obtained her graduate degree from the University of Southern Maine in 2016 and immediately opened her own practice in Biddeford. Her main focus is trauma informed care and impulse control to include violent behaviors and substance misuse. Erin completed her internship with Violence No More and continues to work with the men’s program. When not working she spends her time with her partner, son, and their three rescue dogs.

Brandy Rogers, LCPC, LADC

Brandy has training primarily in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Her ongoing study has been focused on how our body and mind influence each other, the brain, exploring our relationships with substances, our relationships with ourselves and others, and violence in relationships. She teaches classes with Violence No More.

Christine Rogerson, Ph.D.

Dr. Rogerson graduated from Simmons University in 2021 with a Ph.D. in Social Work and in 2007 with her MSW in Social Work from the University of New England. She has over 13 years of clinical experience working with children, young adults, and families with medical and mental health diagnoses as well as those connected to the child welfare system. Her research interest include child welfare, social work education, and social work practice. She is passionate about social inclusion, kindness, and social justice.

Laura Slap-Shelton, Psy.D.

Laura is a licensed psychologist specializing in neuropsychology who has extensive experience in evaluating children and adults with autism, Asperger’s Disorder, and developmental disorders.

Andrew Sokoloff, LMSW

Andy is the Coordinator of Grief and Bereavement Services at CHANS Home Health & Hospice in Brunswick. He is a graduate of the University of New England School of Social Work and is on the Board of the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care. Andy also has a Masters’ in Fine Arts in Theater from Indiana University and later worked at Portland’s Mad Horse Theater for many years before becoming a social worker. He found that the difference between theater and social work was a lot smaller than he initially thought.

Wilma Wake, LCSW

Wilma Wake is an Affiliate with Sweetser working with autistic children, adults, and families and co-author of an upcoming book on spectrum adults over 50.

Ashley Wilock, LICSW, LCSW, CCS

Ashley is an independently licensed Clinical Social Worker in several states and currently provides substance abuse and mental health counseling in outpatient, residential, and MAT program settings. She is a graduate of the State University of New York, University at Albany. Ashley has worked with all ages in a variety of settings in a clinical and supervisory capacity.

Melissa Winchester, LCPC

Melissa received her Bachelor’s (1988) and Master’s (1992) degrees in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Maine. She received her MBA in healthcare administration from Thomas College in 2019. Melissa have been a licensed professional counselor in the state of Maine since 1998 and has provided family therapy, case management, child protective services, therapeutic foster care, and policy level services over the years. In addition, she has supervised and trained interns, licensed and non-licensed staff in the provision on behavioral health services for over 20 years.