Cutler Institute

Karen Pearson

Policy Associate, Population Health and Health Policy Program

Office Location

432A Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus



Academic Degrees

  • MLIS
  • MA


I have the great opportunity to use my skills as an information specialist in my role as Policy Associate in the Maine Rural Health Research Center and Population Health and Health Policy program area in the Cutler Institute. My expertise in literature searches, bibliographic databases, and information retrieval have provided valuable research to my project teams in the areas of rural health, patient safety, long-term care, population health, and quality improvement. I have conducted and published qualitative research on rural hospitals, healthcare delivery  systems, and EMS delivery system models.  I am engaged in research on EMS systems, recently directing a national project on the evidence for community paramedicine in rural areas as well as an evaluation of Maine's community paramedicine pilot program. I have been the project director for the annual Patient Safety Academy in Maine, bringing together healthcare providers, students, patient safety advocates, and quality improvement staff to help improve patient safety in Maine.

Areas of Expertise

Literature searches, EMS, rural health, knowledge management, patient safety, qualitative research


 Please review Karen Pearson's publications on Digital Commons.