Catherine Cutler Institute

Alison Grey

Policy Associate: Justice Policy Program
Alison Grey

Office Location

332C Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus



Academic Degrees

  • Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, Eastern Washington University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Wake Forest University


Alison Grey is a Policy Associate within the Cutler Institute at the University of Southern Maine. She joined the Cutler Institute in 2016 after extensive experience in the field as an advocate and program director at rape crisis centers in Washington, New Hampshire, and Maine. She now administers Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grants and leads applied research and evaluation projects based in Maine. Research skills include key informant interviewing, focus group facilitation, analysis of qualitative data, and report writing. Alison has also developed and implemented training on topics related to sexual violence, domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation, often as it corresponds to a multi-disciplinary response.

Prior to her time at the University of Southern Maine, Alison served as a field instructor for the Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire and as an adjunct faculty instructor of Psychology at Central Maine Community College.


Areas of Expertise

Selected Project Work at the Cutler Institute:

Violence Against Women Act Measuring Effectiveness Initiative (VAWA MEI), Legal Assistance for Rural Maine Victims (an OVW award in partnership with the University of Maine School of Law), Research Services on Child Welfare Identification and Response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Maine, Body Worn Cameras and Law Enforcement in Maine: A Study of Current Use, Stakeholders’ Views, and Nationwide Best Practices, and the Maine Sexual Assault Kit Study.

Awards and Recognition

In 2019, the report for the Maine Sexual Assault Kit Study received the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award:
Grey, A., Arthur, E., Tomenko, V., Shaler, G., & Snell, E. (2018). Maine Sexual Assault Kit Study. Maine Statistical Analysis Center, University of Southern Maine.

Professional Activity

  • Portland Public Schools: Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) Advisory Committee Member, 2011 - present
  • City of Portland: Police Citizen Review Subcommittee (PCRS) Commissioner, 2008 - 2017
  • Locker Project: Founding Board Member, 2012 - 2015