Catherine Cutler Institute

Julie Atkins

Research Associate: Children, Youth, and Families Program

Office Location

245 Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus




Julie Atkins, M.A. is a Research Associate at the Cutler Institute. She brings over 20 years of experience in research, evaluation, and the provision of technical assistance on issues affecting children, youth, and families. She currently works with county child welfare agencies in New York, in partnership with Public Catalyst, helping them build their capacity to use data to develop practical solutions to improve outcomes for youth. She is also the USM Project Director for the Center for Tribes, focusing on the development of resources and products for tribal child welfare agencies across the country. Ms. Atkins received her M.A. in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine. As a reflection of her unending obsession with excellence in the world of desserts, she co-founded Cutler's Dessert Idol competition. Her lack of cooking skills was officially recognized this year when she won 2017's No Bake Dessert category.

Areas of Expertise

I work with a team both within USM and across the country on the development of a wide variety of products designed to make necessary information easily accessible to tribal child welfare programs. These include websites, distance learning trainings, apps, videos, and fact sheets. I also work directly with child welfare agencies on using the data they already collect to diagnose areas where improvements can be made in safety and permanency outcomes for children. We work together over a series of several months to determine where they can have the most impact with very practical, easy-to-implement solutions.


  Please review Julie Atkins's publications on Digital Commons.


Professional Activity

Court Appointed Special Advocate, Maine CASA