Public Health Faculty & Staff
The mission of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) is to enhance, expand, and enrich learning opportunities in public health through student-centered operations.
By maintaining strong partnerships with other UNE colleges, CGPS is best able to utilize UNE faculty expertise while maintaining a strong student focus. Our dedicated Public Health faculty members may have appointments in other UNE colleges, be affiliated with other respected institutions.
Each faculty member is a respected member in the field of Public Health. Our expert faculty are essential to the success of UNE Online and to the continued success of our students.
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Deborah Shields, JD, MPH
Director, Graduate Programs in Public Health
M.P.H., Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA.
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Policy and Advocacy, Public Health Administration, Community Based Participatory Research, Public Policy, Public Health Law and Ethics.
Titilola Balogun, MBBS, MPH, DrPH
Assistant Director for Public Health Practice
Public Health, Center for Excellence in Public Health
DrPH University of Texas School of Public Health
MPH University of Texas School of Public Health
MBBS Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria
Community Health Practice
Maternal and Child Health
My background is in clinical medicine. I practiced medicine in Nigeria for about 8 years before getting my MPH in 2012 and my DrPH in 2016 – both from the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston. My research interests are maternal and child health, and adolescent health. As a resident in pediatrics I was initially interested in neonatal health, and malnutrition in children aged less than 5 years, but as I transitioned into public health and completed a fellowship in maternal and child health, my interests broadened to include adolescents. Most of my research on adolescent health has focused on juvenile justice-involved youth with particular reference to mental health, sexual health, and substance use.
- Balogun, T., Troisi, C., Swartz, M. D., Lloyd, L., & Beyda, R. (2020). Juvenile Justice-involved Youth: Preventive Health Services Received Prior to Detention. Journal of Correctional Health Care. Accepted February 2020.
- Balogun, T., Troisi, C., Swartz, M. D., Lloyd, L., & Beyda, R. (2019). Factors associated with Knowledge of where to Access Health Care among Youth in Juvenile Detention: A Mixed Methods Study. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. doi: 10.1515/ijamh-2018-0128
- Balogun, T., Troisi, C., Swartz, M. D., Lloyd, L., & Beyda, R. (2018). Does juvenile detention impact health? Journal of Correctional Health Care, 24(2), 137-144. doi:10.1177/1078345818763174
- Balogun, T. B. & Yakubu, A. M. (2015). Recent illness, feeding practices and father’s education as determinants of nutritional status among preschool children in a rural Nigerian community. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, 61(2), 92.
- Ella, E. E., Ahmad, A. A., Umoh, V. J., Ogala, W. N., Balogun, T. B., & Musa, A. (2011). Studies on the interaction between IgA, lactoferrin and lysozyme in the breastmilk of lactating women with sick and healthy babies. Journal of Infectious Diseases and Immunity, 3(2), 24-29.
- Ella, E. E., Ahmad, A. A., Umoh, V. J., Ogala, W. N., & Balogun, T. B. (2011). Breast milk IgA levels as a possible index to predict the onset of sepsis in infants in Kaduna State, Nigeria. South Asian Journal of Experimental Biology, 1(3), 163-167.
Perinatal health, under-five morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent health.
Jennifer R. Ceide, MPH, CHES
Assistant Director, Public Health Workforce Development
Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Addiction Professionals Certification Board, Inc, 2016
Program Planning and Evaluation
In the fifth grade we were given an assignment to bring in our favorite book to share with the class. With a strong sense of pride and a desire to help others, I squeezed The Doctors Book of Home Remedies in between the row of colorfully decorated Judy Blume and Goosebumps novels. In reflection, what was I thinking? My teacher probably thought my childhood was being suppressed, my fellow 10 year old classmates were most likely confused by my contribution, and I just felt proud to share my fascinating book on “cures”. Needless to say, I knew from a young age that health would be my area of focus.
My undergrad and graduate degrees are in public health and for close to ten years, I have focused on education and program planning for a variety of communities and professionals in the areas of asthma, tobacco treatment, and nutrition.
Public health was one of the best things that has happened to me. I am excited about my future in this amazingly diverse field and to be working in workforce development by bringing creativity and innovation to the field through interdisciplinary collaboration.
Carol J. Ewan Whyte, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Assistant Director, Public Health Research & Service
Ph.D. The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
M.Sc. The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
B.Sc. (Hons) The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
Certified Professional Career Coach, The Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, 2018
Maternal and Child Health
Research Project Development and Management
Dr. Ewan Whyte has a background in human nutrition and epidemiology with a focus on child development. For over 20 years, she has worked in academic settings internationally and in the US conducting longitudinal studies that examined the long-term consequences of maternal characteristics, choices and perceptions, and intrauterine insults on infant growth, morbidity and mental development, early life stunting, infant feeding practices, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. While child development has been her primary focus, her work has included vulnerable groups from infants and adolescents to menopausal women and 65 and older adults. This unique experience has given her exposure to factors affecting health outcomes throughout the lifespan. Consequently, she developed expertise in shared decision-making, audience segmentation, and other research methodologies, and has developed culturally and linguistically appropriate data collection tools, research protocols, and educational resources for diverse populations.
Prior to joining UNE/GPPH in 2016, Dr. Ewan Whyte held an appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine, and worked as Research Project Manager, Scientist and Co-Investigator on several successful grants and contracts. Her work with vulnerable populations continues with her latest funded research that examines the nutritional status of Maine’s older adults residing in long-term care facilities. Dr. Ewan Whyte is also a certified professional career coach, and shares her knowledge of maternal and child health as a teaching faculty for GPH 721 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health.
- Col NF, Haskins AE, Ewan-Whyte CJ. Measuring the impact of menopausal symptoms on quality of life: methodological considerations. Menopause 2009 Jun 26.
- Col N, Fairfield K, Ewan-Whyte C, Miller H. In the clinic. Menopause. Annals of Internal Medicine 2009; Apr 7; 150 (7):ITC4-1-15; quiz ITC4-16.
- Walker SP, Ewan-Whyte C, Chang SM, Powell CA, Fletcher H, McDonald D, Grantham-McGregor SM. Factors Associated with Size and Proportionality at Birth in Term Jamaican infants. J Health Popul Nutr, 2003 Jun;21(2):117-126
- Ewan-Whyte C, Walker SP, Powell CA, Chang SM. The effects of term low birth weight on growth in Jamaican infants in the first year. West Indian Medical Journal 2002 April 24-27;51(suppl 2): 25-26, Abstract
Tailoring Web-Based Interventions To Young Female Smokers Using Audience Segmentation. Best Presentation – Innovation in Practice Management (IPM) category. Society for General Internal Medicine, 31st Annual Meeting, April 2008
Factors associated with term low birth weight at Victoria Jubilee Hospital.
National Recognition for Outstanding Research Quality and Relevance to the Jamaican Society, 2001. The Gleaner 2001 August 9; D8
Peer-Reviewed and Invited Presentations
Ewan Whyte C. Understanding our Minority Populations: Cultural Competency for Spiritual Care Practitioners. Maine Medical Center. January 17, 2013
Ewan Whyte C. Addressing Cancer Prevention Education Needs among the New American Populations of Greater Portland, Maine. Maine Cancer Foundation Annual Meeting. June 26, 2012. Gray, ME
Emery I, Ewan Whyte C, Lucas L, Feinberg M, Blackburn K, Gibbs A, Chase B, Grillo B, Hedlund J, Larsen E, Miesfeldt S, and members of the Clinical Trials and Disparities Subcommittee. Maine Medical Center NCI Community Cancer Centers Program: Progress in Improving Access to Clinical Trials. NNECOS Annual Conference, 2011 and MMC Quality Improvement Fair, 2011
Lucas FL, Ewan Whyte C, Siewers AE, Bancroft J. Representativeness of segments in Cumberland County, Maine, with respect to birth characteristics. Maine Study Center. The National Children’s Study Expanded Steering Committee Meeting. NIH. August 2011
Ewan Whyte C, Soule A, Moran S, Lucas L, Miesfeldt. Addressing Cancer Prevention Education Needs among the New American Populations of Greater Portland, Maine. Maine Public Health Association. Fall Conference. Portland, ME. November 22, 2011
Kuhl LN, Ewan Whyte CJ, Keller S, Pbert L, Slater M, Weber G, Morgan D, Farina-Henry E, Chang E, Haskins A, Col NF. Challenges Implementing Web-based Decision Support at Point-of-Care for Young Female Smokers. 5th International Shared Decision Making Conference. June 14-17, 2009. Boston, MA.
Haskins A, Ewan Whyte C, Kuhl L, Pbert L, Keller S, Slater M, Druker S, Col N. Smoking and Drinking Patterns and Beliefs Among Young Female Smokers. 5th International Shared Decision Making Conference. June 14-17, 2009. Boston, MA.
Ewan Whyte CJ, Keller SN, Slater MD, Pbert L, Chang E, Druker S, Kuhl LN, Col NF. Tailoring Web-Based Interventions To Young Female Smokers Using Audience Segmentation. Society for General Internal Medicine, 31st Annual Meeting, 2008. Pittsburg, PA.
Nutritional Assessment of Maine’s Elders – A Preliminary Look Using a Validated Tool: The NAME Study.
Tracey Spinato, MSW, MPH
Assistant Director, Career Services in Public Health
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LABSWE #12710
Trauma Informed Care
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Rebecca Arsenault, DHA, MS
Capella University School of Health Sciences
MS, Community Health Nursing
Boston University School of Nursing
University of Southern Maine School of Nursing
My introduction to public health was as a community health nurse in the rural state of Maine. After practicing for several years, I returned to school, pursuing a master’s degree in community health nursing at Boston University. I continued a career in community health until circumstances led me in the direction of a 30+ year-career in hospital administration. Because of this career path, my work took me to the states of Utah, Washington, California, Texas and Maine. Throughout what would generally be considered a hospital CEO career, I selected employment opportunities that allowed me to be active in public health initiatives in communities where I worked and lived. It has always been important to me in my administrative roles to seek ways where the hospital or health system I was responsible for could be involved in public health and community wellness initiatives.
I am a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and a member of the American Public Health Association. I am active in legislative initiatives impacting the overall health and wellness of my community.
I have recently completed my doctoral dissertation, a qualitative phenomenological study, entitled, “CHARACTERISTICS OF A HEALTH SYSTEM-SPONSORED LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AS THEY RELATE TO THE CAREER ADVANCEMENT OF PHYSICIAN LEADERS”.
I am currently preparing two manuscripts, based on my dissertation research, to submit for possible publication.
Srikanta Banerjee, MD, PhD, MPH, MCHES, CPH
American University of Antigua
PhD, Public Health and Epidemiology
Des Moines University
Johns Hopkins University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Sri Banerjee has over fifteen years of experience in the areas of Public Health and Global Health. He has worked at the Centers for Disease Control in the area of infectious diseases and has worked on public health projects worldwide. Additionally, he has conducted award-winning research in the areas of HIV and chronic diseases and has experience writing grant proposals. His experience as a public health consultant and serving on the board of directors of public health organizations help in proving a practical front line perspective to the learning of public health. Also, has has experience in advising students about public health projects.
Sri is a member of the American Medical Association, Americal Rural Health Association, and American Association of Family Physicians. He received his MD, MPH, PhD and postdoctoral training in the United States, United Kingdon, and the Caribbean and attended universities like the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Sri has researched health disparities and cardivascular disease in his PhD research. Additionally, he has researched in the areas of malaria, HIV, diabetes, obesity, mental health, health disparities, homelessness, unintentional injuries, and rural health. Sir is well-versed with both quantitative and qualitative research. He has guided research work in the areas of smoking cessation, obesity, infectious disease, and malaria.
Leanne Barry, MPH, MBA
Applied Nutrition, Public Health
Maryland University of Integrative Health
New York Chiropractic College
University of New England
St. Joseph’s College
BS, Health Science
University of Southern Maine
Leanne Barry has been a course facilitator at UNE for over eight years and has taught a variety of courses in the field of public health and nutrition. Leanne received her Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition degree at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She also has Masters degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition (MSACN) from New York Chiropractic College, Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the University of New England and her Masters of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s College.
Leanne works at Tufts Health Plan in the Department of Population Health and Wellness (Watertown, MA). She leads a team with a focus on managing disease management programs and vendors. Leanne’s prior places of employment include the Healthy Community Coalition (Farmington, ME) and the Women, Infants, and Children Program (Auburn, ME).
Leanne’s research interests include developing effective health and wellness related programs that promote behavior change in populations. Other research interests include inflammation, the microbiome, pre-diabetes, eating disorders, how the social determinants of health impact nutrition and overall health.
Leanne lives in Farmingdale, Maine. Outside of work and school she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with family, especially her eight-year-old nephew.
Increasing engagement in health plan disease management programs.