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Ralph B. McPherson

        

Ralph B. McPherson, LCSW Health Education Program Specialist

Ralph B. McPherson, LCSW, is newly hired as an Health Education Program Specialist who began his duties with Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine on March 29, 2021. McPherson has been licensed as a clinical social worker in the state of Maine since 1995. His career has transitioned from direct patient care in a variety of roles to education and teaching. He currently teaches graduate school at the University of Maine and Yeshiva University. He teaches field experience, but has also taught courses in Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Coping with Loss. He has held a variety of leadership and management roles in his career. His interest includes geriatric and family/caregiver roles, especially working with families who care for loved ones diagnosed with dementia. He also has a passion for Hospice care, grief and loss, and bereavement. As a clinician, McPherson has interest in working with patients and families who struggle with anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders.

McPherson comes to us from Northern Light Health where he served in many roles, but most recently, worked as a team leader for the Community Care Team. This program provided home services to enhance the overall care of patients of Northern Light Health and to the residents of Maine.

McPherson is a current member and past president of the  Maine Chapter, Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care and two-time recipient of their Social Work Leader of the Year Award. 

He is a member of Rotary International, serving as president of his Rotary Club and was also the Assistant District Governor of District 7810, which covers Northern Maine and Western New Brunswick.

In his spare time, he enjoys cleaning and detailing vehicles. He also enjoys mowing lawns, fishing, and biking. His also has a love for the martial arts, having earned two black belts in two different styles of martial arts.

He is married and has two adult step-children that he enjoys and loves very much.