Catherine Cutler Institute

Laura Dyer

Research Associate I: Children, Youth, and Families Program

Office Location

332H, Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus




Laura is a lifelong Mainer and has been with the Cutler Institute since 2008. With a background in communication and research, Laura takes a strategic approach to project management, marketing, and dissemination.  Laura’s view of knowledge management focuses on the idea that quality resources and knowledge are most useful when they’re shared with the right people, at the right time, through the right communication channels. Laura is passionate about meaningful engagement and networking, fostering collaborative peer relationships, and promoting shared learning. She has collaborated with national experts to create, manage, and share content for various audiences, including state, county, and Tribal child welfare systems; systems and communities that support older adults and aging in place; and federally-funded efforts to end violence against women.

Laura lives just outside of Portland with her husband, two kids, and their pets. She spends most of her free time with her family being inspired by her children’s sense of love, wonder, and imagination. When not enjoying down time at home, the ocean is her happy place.


Areas of Expertise

  • Communication
  • Marketing
  • Dissemination
  • Project coordination
  • Topical research
  • Product development
  • Communities of practice
  • Networking
  • Webinars and conference planning
  • Research and evaluation
  • Knowledge management

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