Karen Pearson


  • MLIS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1983
  • MA, St. Xavier University, Chicago, 1985
  • Certificate, Knowledge Mangement/Knowledge Services, Special Libraries Association, 2017


Karen joined the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School in 1992, bringing her professional skills of knowledge management and online information retrieval to research faculty and staff, and soon became part of the Maine Rural Health Research Center and Flex Monitoring Team. Her expertise is in qualitative research and literature searches. She has conducted research and directed projects for the FMT on evidence-based patient safety issues in critical access hospitals (CAHs), population health in CAH communities, rural EMS, community paramedicine, and substance use. Her article on the evaluation of the community paramedicine pilot projects in Maine won Best Article of 2018 in Journal of Health and Human Services Administration.

Research Interests

  • Community paramedicine
  • Community engagement
  • EMS: rural-relevant performance measures; data sources; integration in healthcare delivery systems
  • Knowledge management
  • Population health
  • Rural patient safety