Catherine Cutler Institute

The experienced staff members of the Catherine Cutler Institute work collaboratively to help partnering organizations and communities thrive in a changing world by translating knowledge and best practices into sustainable solutions that are responsive to societal needs and focused on meaningful outcomes.

The Catherine Cutler Institute, the research arm of the Muskie School of Public Service, collaborates with partners in Maine, throughout the nation, and across the world to find sustainable practical solutions to critical societal issues.

Catherine Cutler Institute staff bring decades of experience and advanced degrees in areas of policy, social work, law, education, business administration, and public health. Our multidisciplinary approach allows us to provide innovative outcomes to complex local, national, and international issues.

The Catherine Cutler Institute is named for Catherine E. Cutler who devoted herself to public service in Maine for many years. Learn more about Catherine Cutler.

The Cutler Institute’s primary focus areas are:

  • Children, Youth, and Families
    Advances the well-being of children and families by improving the public and private systems that serve them. We work to include the voices of children, youth and families, and to engage the community.
  • Disability & Aging
    Commits to making sure public resources are used to their best effect in helping older adults and adults with disabilities live healthy, active, secure and engaged lives. In collaboration with state and federal policymakers and service providers we improve programs and services for older adults, adults with disabilities, and the most vulnerable.
  • Economic & Workforce Development
    Provides applied research and technical assistance that advance Maine’s economy and builds its workforce.
  • Environmental & Social Resilience
    Supports local, regional partners, and communities as they adapt to a changing environment.
  • Justice Policy
    Informs policy development and practice in civil, criminal, and social justice systems in Maine and nationally. Our applied research, training, and technical assistance builds capacity and improves community health and public safety.
  • Population Health & Health Policy
    Conducts policy-driven research, evaluation, policy analysis and technical assistance focusing on the public health system and the delivery of healthcare services.

Our multidisciplinary expertise allows us to provide innovative outcomes to complex local, national, and international issues.

  • Community Engagement
    Empowering communities to address issues and tell their own stories
  • Design & Implementation
    Implementing and evaluating initiatives that lead to lasting change
  • Evaluation
    Assessing outcomes, improving practice, and communicating results
  • Policy & Practice
    Helping leaders identify their goals and prepare to meet them
  • Research
    Assisting leaders in finding practical answers to real world problems
  • Workforce Development
    Building capacity for individuals, organizations, and communities
Institution University of Southern Maine
Country United States
Infrastructure type Research centre/institute
Disciplines Philosophy and ethics
Sociology and cultural studies
Management and administration
Environmental sciences
Health and medicine
Social work and counselling
Social services
Environmental protection
Language of operation English
Keywords workforce developmentsocial sciencessocial resiliencepopulation healthpolicy and practicejustice policyhealth policyfamiliesdisability and agingdesign and implementationcommunity engagementchildrenyouthenvironmental policyeconomics


If you are interested in collaborating with the Catherine Cutler Institute, please contact the Director, Kris Sahonchik.

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If you are interested in collaborating with the Cutler Institute, please contact the Director, Kris Sahonchik.

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