Cutler Institute

Brenda Joly

Associate Professor of Public Health, Population Health and Health Policy Program
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Office Location

405 Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus




Dr. Joly has been a member of the public health faculty since 2005. She played a key role in the development of the Master of Public Health degree and recently led the efforts to create a new undergraduate program in public health.  Her current research includes serving as the lead evaluator for the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network, a $20 million initiative funded by National Institutes of Health. In collaboration with the Maine Medical Center and the University of Vermont, Dr. Joly leads a team of ten and oversees the tracking and evaluation activities of this multi-state effort designed to enhance research capacity and improve health outcomes, particularly in rural areas.

Prior to this work, Dr. Joly served as the lead evaluator for the national Public Health Learning Network, a federally funded initiative focused on building public health workforce capacity through 10 designated training centers across the U.S.  Dr. Joly has also served as an evaluator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and several state and local efforts.  

Areas of Expertise

  • program monitoring and evaluation
  • public health system assessment

Research Interests: 

Dr. Joly specializes in developing metrics, tools and systems for evaluating programs designed to improve the health of populations. “I study different types of public health interventions and try to figure out what makes them successful and what leads to better health outcomes for our communities.”

Teaching Interests: 

Professor Joly teaches several courses in the program including an introductory public health course, an applied research and evaluation course, a practice-based course, and a course on the role of social and behavioral factors in health.  She also oversees the student capstone course. 


  Please review Brenda Joly's publications on Digital Commons.

  • M.P.H., University of South Florida, College of Public Health, 1997
  • Ph.D., University of South Florida, College of Public Health, 2001


Recent Publications

Joly BM, Ziller E, Gray C, Hopper F, Gabrielson S, Horn M. Evaluation Brief. A Summary of the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network’s Registration and Needs Assessment Activities (Year One – Annual Report). Maine Medical Center, July, 2018.

Hopper F, Joly BM, Gray C. Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network. NNE-CTR Participant Chartbook, Maine Medical Center, June, 2018.

Joly BM, Coronado F, Bickford BC, Leider JP, Alford A, McKeever J, Harper E. (2018). A review of public health training needs assessment approaches: current activities and future opportunities. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. March 07, 2018 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print. Issue doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000774. In print: 24(6):571-577, November/December 2018.