Research

Muskie School Research Centers and Institutes:

Muskie School Laboratories


On any given day, staff from the Muskie School might be appearing in Washington, DC before a federal commission on health care, training human service workers in Hawaii, or briefing business executives in Maine on the state economy. From health care and child welfare to taxes and the environment, the Muskie School is engaged in a wide range of research activities that are founded in a common goal — to work together to improve the lives of all citizens through informed policy and practice.

Since its formative stages in 1972, the Muskie School has grown into a vital resource for Maine and the nation and has earned a national reputation for innovative policy research and development. The school conducts $28 million in externally funded research and public service activities with projects throughout Maine and in every state in the nation.

Issues facing policy makers, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the general public are complex and often require multiple and sometimes conflicting solutions. Faculty and research institute staff have formed essential partnerships with federal, state and local agencies as well as private foundations to conduct research and program evaluation, policy analysis, technical assistance, and training. The school's relies on partners in business, government, research, and the community to forge creative solutions to pressing problems, and to share the knowledge gained with wider audiences.

New Publications

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Ciolfi, M. L., Griffin, E., Pratt, J., Richards, M., Gildard, S., & Byrne, B. (2016). Living with a brain injury in Maine: Individual experiences, perceptions, and need.  Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.

Lenardson, J. D., Gale, J. A., & Ziller, E. C. (2016). Rural opioid abuse: Prevalence and user characteristics. (PB 63-1). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center.

Snow, K. I., Gressani, T., Olsen, L., McGuire, C., Bratesman, S., Mauney, K., & Theriault, J. (2016). Adults using long term services and supports: Population and service use trends in Maine, SFY 2014. (Chartbook). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.

Talbot, J. A., Ziller, E. C., & Szlocek, D. (2016). Mental health first aid in rural communities: Appropriateness and outcomes. Journal of Rural Health. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12173.

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