Bentley, Kelly
Assistant Professor of Community Health
Degrees
1996 MPH Boston University; 1989 BED Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University
Areas of Expertise
Community Health Education: Gender, Sex & Culture, Grant Writing, International Health & Policy, Intimate Partner Violence, Mixed Methods, Mothering, Qualitative Research (Grounded Theory), Woman's Health

Professor Bentley received her a BED from Va Tech (1989) and her Master’s of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health (1996). She is currently completing an Interdisciplinary PhD at the University of New Brunswick. Kelly’s work has focused on women's health, mothering, intimate partner violence (IPV) and health policy. She has over 24 years of experience in community health and has worked internationally, nationally, and at state and local levels. She is sought to speak about her research on mothers and IPV and is actively involved in violence prevention in the state and local community. Kelly has received numerous awards to include the prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canada Graduate Scholarship Award. She has had over 25 grants funded by federal, state and philanthropic organizations for community level interventions, evaluation and academic research.  


Boothby, Denise
Registered Nurse/Health Educator
Degrees
1993 BS University of Massachusetts, Boston; 2009 MS Nursing Education, University of Maine
Areas of Expertise
Community Health Education: Food and Agriculture, Nutrition, Spiritual Health

Denise is a health educator, a nurse, a lover of all things food and wellness, a mother of 4 and a farmer's wife.  She has been a nurse in west central Maine for 20 years and enjoys working at UMF's health center as a way of complementing and informing her teaching.  Denise loves being in the classroom and presenting new material and using lots of hands-on experiences particularly around local foods.  In addition to teaching, she loves the advising process and watching each student take their education in community health, find an area of passion and put it to work in ways that are most meaningful to the student and the community they serve. 


Geshnizjani, Alireza
Assistant Professor of Community Health
Degrees
2004 BS Biology, Indiana University Bloomington; 2006 MS Biology (genetics), Purdue University; 2008 MS Public Health (MPH), Indiana University Bloomington; 2011 PhD Public Health (Health Behavior), Indiana University Bloomington
Areas of Expertise
Biology: Genetics, Public health biology
Community Health Education: Cancer prevention, Chronic diseases prevention, College students behavior change, Evaluation, Theories of health behavior, Women's health
International & Global Studies: Global health, Infectious disease, International epidemics

Dr. Alireza Geshnizjani (Dr. Ali) joined UMF in 2011. His educational background is interdisciplinary: biology and public health with concentrations in statistics and health behavior theories. He has presented at several state and national conferences such as American Public Health Association and Indiana Public Health Association and published in several public health journals. His research focus is on chronic disease prevention by using theoretical and conceptual frameworks to design interventions and evaluation studies.  His research projects are currently focused mainly on cancer prevention, college students’ sexual health and changing health behaviors in rural areas. He has taught a wide variety of courses such as human anatomy, animal biology, personal health, theories of health behavior, program planning, epidemiology, health communication and theories, intervention design, public health biology, and independent research courses.


Jennings, Chandra
Assistant Professor of Community Health
Degrees
2008 BA Health and Psychology, Luther College; 2010 MSED Health Education, University of Kansas; 2013 PhD Health and Psychology of Physical Activity (Health Education), University of Kansas
Areas of Expertise
Community Health Education: Biopsychosocial Determinants of Health, Cultural Competency, Health Behaviors, Health Disparities, and Wellness Across the Lifespan, Individual and Community Program Development, Sleep Health

Dr. Jennings joined UMF in 2013 with a background in wellness, health promotion, public health, psychology, statistics and a CHES certification. As an active member of the American Public Health Association, Society of Public Health Educators, AAHPERD, and other professional organizations she acts as a peer reviewer, presents research at national conferences, and is actively preparing manuscripts for publication. Dr. Jennings seeks to include students in her research on health promotion and disparity prevention in emerging adults, sleep health, and other areas. She has over a half decade of teaching experience in community health and public health experience at the local and state level.  Courses she has taught include Principles of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Substance Abuse, Personal and Community Health, Health Aspects of Aging, Consumer Health, Environmental Health, and Wellness, Coaching, and Fitness courses.


Martin, Maurice
Associate Professor of Community Health
Degrees
2000 PhD University of South Carolina; 1992 BS University of Maine; 1997 MED University of South Carolina
Areas of Expertise
Community Health Education: Chronic Disease Prevention, Community Program Development and Evaluation, Men's Health Issues
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In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Martin serves as senior research and evaluation consultant with the Heading off Environmental Asthma in Lousiana in collaboration with Merck and Xavier University.  He serves as Deputy Editor of Health Promotion Practice, and as peer reveiwer for many professional publications.  He is an active member of the Society of Public Health Educators, and the American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance among others. He serves a variety of state and community boards concerned with community health. His research interests include systems dynamics, behavioral science, chronic disease and evaluation.  He is certified by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing and is a prolific author contributing to the development of national standards for the discipline.  Dr. Martin includes students as junior colleagues in all of his work and is a sought after adviser. 


Swan, Stephanie
Lecturer in Community Health Education
Degrees
1993 BS University of Maine at Farmington; 2003 MED Plymouth State College
Areas of Expertise
Community Health Education: Physical Activity, School Health Education, Schoolsite Health Promotion, Stress Management, Suicide Prevention

Stephanie is currently a Ph.D. Higher Education student and the lead instructor for School Health, guiding students who want to teach in Maine schools to earn a K-12 certification. The coordination of school health requires an alignment with Secondary Education, the Director of Student Teaching, and the student teaching Supervisors. She is committed to primary prevention and has 25 years of teaching/designing professional development for practicing teachers and school health coordinators. Her primary responsiblity is providing pre-service knowledge and skills necessary to teach in the 21st century classroom. She is a longstanding member of the state planning committee for Comprehensive School Health Education. In addition, she teaches 2 graduate courses in the summer for Educational Outreach - SHE 530: Foundations of School Health is online and SHE 533 is a Summer Institute with an extended deadline for the summative assessments.