Wendy St. Pierre

Wendy St. Pierre is an Assistant Professor of Mental Health and Human Services at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA). She is also a part-time faculty member at the University of Maine’s (UM) School of Social Work. At UM, she teaches graduate courses on generalist social work practice to prepare new social workers for the profession.  Dr. St. Pierre’s research interests focus on caregiver communication, active aging and youth in the foster care system.  Her dissertation involved analyzing the communication between family visitors who were trained in communication techniques and the behavioral responses of their relatives, who were in middle to late stage Alzheimer’s disease, when they applied, or did not apply, those trained techniques.

Currently, Dr. St. Pierre teaches full time at UMA.  Her courses include introduction to human services, community mental health, psychosocial rehabilitation, mental health and aging and social gerontology.  She is also an active member of the UMA faculty as a member of faculty senate, the policy committee and is leading the institution’s efforts to become designated as an age-friendly university.

Dr. St. Pierre has over 20 years of direct practice experience with adolescents and children, and their families, who were experiencing a mental health crisis, homelessness or were placed in foster care.  She also worked for many years as the coordinator of performance improvement and regulatory affairs at a free-standing inpatient psychiatric hospital.  She has been teaching full-time since 2015 and enjoys helping students achieve their educational goals of entering the fields of mental health and social work.

Dr. Wendy St. Pierre’s CV 11.22.2019(1)