Brief Biography

Dr. Shawn Graham has worked in the behavioral health field for over 25 years and continues to maintain a small practice working as a mental health and substance abuse counselor.

He earned his BS in Social Science from UMFK and then earned his Master of Science in Counseling Rehabilitation from USM. He earned his doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, from the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky.

Mr. Graham holds several licenses in the State of Maine; Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor; Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor License; Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician – Community; Certified Trainer for the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program; and Disaster Behavioral Health Responder.

When not working on his doctorate or a myriad of other things, Mr. Graham enjoys hiking, biking, fishing, and snowmobiling.

Research Interests

  • Trauma and Posttraumatic Growth
  • Peer Support
  • Harm Reduction
  • Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health
  • Legalization of Recreational Marijuana
  • Harm Reduction
  • Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health
  • Trauma and Self-Care
  • Andragogy

Distinctions & Associations

  • Maine Mental Health Counselors Association, 2020 – Present
    • Board of Directors, 2020
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association, 2020 – Present
  • American Counseling Association, 2018 – Present

Licenses Held

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, License # CC5145, Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure, State of Maine
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, License # CAC 5036, Board of Alcohol & Drug Counselors, State of Maine
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician, Maine Department of Health and Human Services
  • Certified Trainer for the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program
  • Disaster Behavioral Health Responder, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Selected Publications

The Impact of Trauma and Self-Care for First Responders

  • Southern Aroostook First Responders, March 2022
  • United States Customs and Border Protection, January 2019
  • Presque Isle First Responders, November 2018
  • Fort Kent First Responders, October 2018
  • North Lakes Fire and Rescue, June 2018

Perception and Communication in the Workplace

  • Life by Design, 2018
  • University of Maine at Fort Kent, 2013

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Kentucky
  • Master of Science in Counseling Rehabilitation, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Science, University of Maine at Fort Kent, Fort Kent, Maine