Archives for Presenters

Bio | Brandy Brown, LCSW (she, her, hers)

Brandy is the Program Manager for The Gender Clinic Program at Maine Medical Partners/ The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She provides assessment, therapy, coordination of medical and mental health services, and program development within a multidisciplinary setting. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for Tufts University School of...
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Bio | Betsy Sawyer-Manter, MSW

Betsy is the President & CEO of SeniorsPlus — the Area Agency on Aging for Western Maine. She currently serves as President of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging and is the Treasurer for the Maine Council on Aging. Betsy also is a co-convener of the Speaker’s Maine...
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Bio | Thomas M. Meuser, Ph.D.

Tom Meuser joined the faculty of UNE in Fall, 2018, as a Professor of Social Work in the Westbrook College of Health Professions and as the Founding Director of the new university-wide Center for Excellence in Aging & Health (CEAH). The UNE Legacy Scholars Program is the signature program of the new center...
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Bio | Sarah Lynch, LCSW

Sarah is the Program Manager for the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Program, an early psychosis treatment program at Maine Medical Center.  For the past 16 years, she has worked with young people with early symptoms of psychosis and their families. Formerly, she was the Clinical Team Leader of...
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Bio | Rebecca Jaynes, LCPC

Rebecca has been working as a clinician with the PIER Program since 2007, and has been providing training, supervision and consultation to communities throughout the US with the PIER Training Institute since 2010.   She has also received 5 years of training in CBT for Psychosis and is a certified CBTp...
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Bio | Meredith Charney

Dr. Meredith Charney is currently a clinical psychologist at Maine Medical Center in the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) program. Dr. Charney is relatively new to Maine; she has spent the majority of her career in clinical research programs providing evidence-based clinical care to individuals with anxiety, trauma, and...
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Bio | Hilary B. Hodgdon, Ph.D.

I am a practicing clinical psychologist, trainer and researcher specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress. My research interests center on deepening understanding of the etiology and sequelae of childhood trauma, elucidating mechanisms that convey risk for psychopathology among vulnerable populations, and development and evaluation of trauma-informed treatment...
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Bio | Katie Volk, MA

Katie Volk, MA is a child development specialist with a particular focus on infancy, early childhood, and families living in poverty. She has worked with hundreds of community organizations to provide training and technical assistance in the United States and Australia, particularly focused on implementing trauma-informed practices. Katie understands the...
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Bio | Marjorie Meyer, MD

Marjorie Meyer is a Maternal Fetal Medicine subspecialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Medical Director for the Birthing Center and the Vice Chair for Obstetrics at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She oversees the treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorder. She has served on multiple national committees...
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Bio | Maria Restrepo-Toro, BNS, MS

Maria E. Restrepo-Toro is an Educator at Yale University, Department of Psychiatry, Program for Recovery and Community Health. She is a nationally recognized leader, educator and trainer in the fields of Latino behavioral health recovery, psychiatric rehabilitation and cultural competence. She is currently the manager of the New England Mental...
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Bio | Haner Hernandez, Ph.D., CPS, CADCII, LADCI

Dr. Hernández is originally from Puerto Rico, is bilingual and has worked for over 29 years in the health and human service field developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically competent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support programs. Also, Dr. Hernández has many years of experience...
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Bio | Sara Hayes, FNP

Sara Hayes is a family nurse practitioner who has been working in various family planning clinics in Maine for over forty years. Her motto (that she is pretty sure she coined) is “there is a fine line between a rut and a groove.” She generally feels like she is still...
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Bio | Brandy Brown, LCSW (Pronouns: she, her, hers)

Brandy is the Program Manager for The Gender Clinic Program at Maine Medical Partners/ The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She provides assessment, therapy, coordination of medical and mental health services, and program development within a multidisciplinary setting. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for Tufts University School of...
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Bio | Joe Parks, M.D.

Joe Parks, M.D., currently serves as medical director for the National Council and is a distinguished research professor of science at Missouri Institute of Mental Health with the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He also practices outpatient psychiatry at Family Health Center, a federally funded community health center established to...
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Bio | Lenard W. Kaye, Ph.D.

Dr. Lenard W. Kaye is Professor of Social Work at the University of Maine School of Social Work and Director of the University of Maine Center on Aging. A prolific writer in the field of health care and aging, he has published more than 150 journal articles and book chapters...
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