Alison’s broad and varied experience in the field is now utilized within several justice policy projects at the Cutler Institute including the Violence Against Women Act Measuring Effectiveness Initiative (VAWA MEI) and the Legal Assistance for Victims Tri-County Advocacy Project (LAV TCAP). Her role includes grant administration, operations oversight, program coordination, curriculum development and implementation, and collaboration with internal and external partners.
As an advocate for over twenty years, she provided support and crisis intervention to women, men, children, families, friends, and community members surviving the aftermath of sexual violence. Across two decades and three states (WA, NH, and ME), she led sexual assault response teams, managed 24/7 hotline and in-person response, and provided oversight as program director at community based sexual assault support centers.
Areas of Expertise
An experienced trainer, Alison presents on topics related to advocacy and sexual violence, particularly within a multidisciplinary response. Alison has presented at local, state, and national training as well as the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.
Alison also served as a field instructor for the Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire as well as an adjunct faculty instructor of Psychology at Central Maine Community College.
- M.S. Clinical Psychology - Eastern Washington University
- B.A. Psychology - Wake Forest University
- Portland Arts and Technology High School Advisory Committee Member, 2011 – present
- City of Portland Commissioner Police Citizen Review Subcommittee, 2008 - 2017
- Locker Project Founding Board Member, 2012 - 2015