Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Laura Dyer, B.A.

Research Analyst: Children, Youth, and Families Program

Office Location

332H, Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus




Laura is a lifelong Mainer and dedicated Cutler Institute employee, having worked here since earning a degree in communication 10 years ago. She’s worked on grant funded projects that focus on state and tribal child welfare; aging; and, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. She’s currently working on a federal Children’s Bureau grant designed to support Tribal child welfare agencies: the Capacity Building Center for Tribes. Her professional passions include fostering collaborative relationships, promoting shared learning, and helping various partners get the resources and tools they need to do their jobs well.

She lives just outside of Portland with her husband, two kids, two cats, and two fish. Inspired by childhood wonder and kitten antics, she spends most of her free time digging in dirt, reading books with colorful pictures, cooking, and cleaning up sticky messes. When not enjoying down time at home or a solo trip to the grocery store, the ocean is her happy place.

Areas of Expertise

  • Manages product development projects and coordinates groups of national experts to develop responsive, easily accessible and attractive products for child welfare workers in the field (guides, toolkits, websites, infographics, apps, resource lists, etc.)
  • Coordinates peer networks, utilizing innovative technologies to bring together professionals from all over the country to share and learn from one another
  • Develops and maintains marketing/dissemination campaigns, social media, and project website - Plans and facilitates webinars to promote shared learning for national audiences
  • Researches and maintains a knowledge database of internal and external resources
  • Laura also has experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research, project evaluation, and conference planning.

 Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Research and Evaluation Methods

Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine

Bachelor of Arts in Communication University of Southern Maine