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.

Liz Blackwell-Moore, MPH, PS-C

Liz is a Master of Public Health, Prevention Specialist, and has been in the public health/substance use prevention field for over 15 years.

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.

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, MSW, LCSW

Amy is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of New England, School of Social Work. She has been a member of the field faculty since 2000. Her social work experience includes working with individuals with mental illness and substance abuse issues and survivors of battering. Amy was the Associate Director of the Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 15 years, and has also provided ongoing training and consultation to mental health providers on domestic violence issues.

Jeanne Croy, LCSW, CCS

Jeanne has 20 years of experience in mental health and child welfare, including as a forensic interviewer, clinician, and supervisor. She’s a former faculty member at the Yale Child Study Center with specialized training in a range of therapeutic modalities.

Shayne Croy, LCSW, LADC

Shayne has 20 years of experience in mental health, including extensive work with high-risk adolescents. He has specialized training in Brief Strategic Family Therapy and the Duluth Model for work with domestic violence perpetrators.

Emily DaSilva, MPH

Emily works in substance use prevention, is a Master of Public Health, and has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Kyle T. Ganson, LCSW

Kyle is a clinical social worker in private practice in Kittery. He works with adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, as well as individuals going through stressful life transitions. Kyle is also a doctoral candidate in social work at Simmons University in Boston. His research interests include eating disorders and boy’s and men’s mental health.

Jim Gorham, LCPC

Jim Gorham, LCPC has worked in the mental health field for nearly 20 years. He has expertise in CBT, group therapy and addiction treatment. He has taught college-level psychology courses and presented on a variety of mental health topics to organizations in southern Maine. He currently operates a private practice in South Portland and works in a clinic for medication assisted treatment for clients struggling with opioid use disorder.

Deborah Gray, LCSW

Deborah founded Life by Design in August of 2003 which has locations from Fort Kent to Veazie. Deborah maintains a full caseload, provides supervision, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Mind Body Medicine.

Jessica Griffin, PsyD

Jessica L. Griffin, Psy.D. 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.

Jamie Leavitt, LCSW

Jamie Leavitt, LCSW 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 Linnehan, LCPC, BC-DMT, FT 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 Lockhart, MD 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.

Ann Palozzi, Psy.D.

Ann Palozzi, Psy.D, 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.

Dr. Kevin Polk, Ph. D.

Kevin L. Polk, Ph.D. is a practicing clinical psychologist. For 26 years he has helped people with a variety of problems in living, including troubling trauma memories. For the past eleven years he has dedicated himself to the study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)—spending over 30,000 hours studying the philosophy and theory behind ACT, and eventually developing the ACT Matrix diagram. He has designed PTSD and Pain programs based on the ACT Matrix. He is also a peer-reviewed ACT trainer who is passionate about teaching others how to use the ACT Matrix to increase psychological flexibility and valued living. He is the co-editor of The ACT Matrix (2014) and co-author of The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix (2016). You can find out more at www.drkevinpolk.com.

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, LCSW

Christine Rogerson, LCSW, earned her MSW from the University of New England in 2007. She has dedicated the majority of her post MSW career to working with children, families and communities.

Laura Slap-Shelton, Psy.D.

Laura Slap-Shelton, Psy.D., 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.

Amber Walker, LCSW

Amber has a part-time private practice in Bangor, ME and serves in the Maine Army National Guard as a Behavioral Health Officer. Amber has facilitated art journaling groups with the homeless population, veterans and their family members, and adolescents.

Richard Watson, LCSW

Richard Watson, LCSW, is a clinical social worker employed at the Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center in Augusta. He has been a clinician since 1977 and has experience in hospital, school and mental health and substance abuse settings. He is intensively trained in DBT and runs 4 DBT groups a week. He has developed DBT for Parents which teaches DBT based skills as they apply to the task of raising children. He is also a consultant to Kennebec Behavioral Health, Care and Comfort and RSU 18 providing consultation to other clinicians in those settings.

Nikki Wetherell, LCPC, LADC, CCS

Nikki has been working with adults and adolescents since 2009. She utilizes holistic practices that include the mind-body connection, mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and more. Nikki is passionate about social justice and environmental concerns and believes it’s important to take into account all forms of oppression and challenges and to increase awareness and understanding of these concerns.

Ashley Wilock, LCSW

Ashley is a licensed clinical social worker and a graduate of the State University of New York, University at Albany. Currently employed as a clinical supervisor for school-based services at Sweetser, she previously held a clinical license (LICSW) and worked in mobile and emergency room crisis services as well as Medication Assisted Opiate Treatment in Massachusetts before relocating to Maine. She has worked with ages 2-98 and provided assessment, diagnosis, and level of care determinations as well as ongoing clinical treatment.