Catherine Cutler Institute

Karen Pearson

Policy Associate
Headshot, Karen Pearson

Office Location

406 Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus



Academic Degrees

  • MLIS
  • MA


Ms. Pearson is a Policy Associate in the Cutler Institute, Maine Rural Health Research Center, and the Flex Monitoring Team. Her research interests include the role of EMS in the rural healthcare delivery system, behavioral health, substance use, patient safety, population health, and long-term care. She brings her skills in bibliographic systems and qualitative analysis to rural-focused projects within the Cutler Institute, including federally funded research on access to substance/opioid use disorder treatment and recovery. She contributed to the publication of an evidence review of rural tobacco prevention and control, and has worked on rural telehealth projects. Ms. Pearson has directed several projects, including community paramedicine in rural areas, and was the co-principal investigator on a statewide evaluation of community paramedicine and the lead author on the report and award-winning journal article.

Areas of Expertise

Literature searches, EMS, rural health, knowledge management, substance use disorder evaluation, qualitative research


 Please review Karen Pearson's publications on Digital Commons.