Catherine Cutler Institute

Lindsey Smith

Senior Research Associate

Office Location

418 Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus




Lindsey Smith is currently a Research Associate at the Muskie School of Public Service who is responsible for designing and implementing health services research and evaluation projects. Most of her research and evaluation work has focused on macro-level issues and has been designed to help systems reduce illness burden as well as healthcare utilization and costs. In addition, her recent work has explored and evaluated models of integrated care and understanding mechanisms of practice transformation during quality improvement initiatives or program implementation. Lindsey has extensive research and clinical expertise in the area of substance use and behavioral health disorders which has been the primary focus of her research agenda for nearly 20 years. She has experience designing and managing research and evaluation projects at the local, state, and federal levels and has worked on projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, Veteran’s Administration, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and National Institute of Justice. Her education and training has focused on a mixed-methods approach using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Her expertise includes applied research, evaluation design, survey methodology, primary and secondary data analysis, quality measurement, and program monitoring. Lindsey received her Master’s and Doctorate Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She received additional research training and clinical experience during her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the VA Pittsburgh Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and as a Fellow in Health Services Research at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP, VA Pittsburgh).

Areas of Expertise

As a Research Associate, Lindsey is responsible for developing, implementing and directing health services research and evaluation projects. She is responsible for grant writing, the design and execution of methodological and analytic research plans, training and supervision of project staff, managing work plans and budgets, dissemination efforts including preparing and presenting project results at state and national conferences as well as preparing scholarly publications. Her portfolio of research with the Muskie School includes projects related to integration of behavioral health and primary care services; access to and delivery of treatment for substance use disorders particularly in rural communities; evaluating practice transformation and quality improvement efforts; and using quality measurement to improve health care quality, patient outcomes, and population health.



 Please review Lindsey Smith's publications on Digital Commons.


  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2009
  • MSW, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
  • BA, University of New Mexico, 2000

Professional Activity

  • Lunder Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine
  • Alcohol Use: Time to Ask Pilot Team advisory board member