Homelessness, mental health, policy, leadership, leadership development, program development, housing, diversity, equity and inclusion
Homelessness, mental health
Dr. Pearson is the co-course lead of OT655: Management Strategies for a Changing Practice Environment II.
2008: BS in psychology, Missouri State University
2011: Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Program in Occupational Therapy
Dr. Pearson is a St. Louis native who was raised in a family of educators. He grew up in Normandy, Mo., near Ferguson, where the 2014 uprising after the murder of Mike Brown led him to clarify his occupational therapy lens towards broader principles of housing equity and parity. Already engaged in providing occupational therapy services to unhoused individuals at a then-drop in day shelter called The Bridge, he was hired to direct the development of Garfield Place Apartments, a permanent supportive housing program at Peter & Paul Community Services (PPCS). He hired and led a team of clinicians and support staff to provide services for four years. Recognizing the need to learn more about the intersection of housing, disability and policy, he then left to work as the strategy and development manager at the Centene Center for Health Transformation at the Washington University Social Policy Institute. In this role, he managed the Center’s national research portfolio, facilitated collaboration between the Center and Centene’s National Disability Advisory Council, and assisted on several market-driven studies and initiatives centered on social determinants of health. Dr. Pearson then returned to PPCS as the chief operating officer, where he presently oversees the organization’s seven programs and programmatic staff, strategic planning initiatives and facilities. He is hoping to channel this work into targeted advocacy for local and national policies that advance affordable housing for everyone who wants it.
Pearson, A., Stark, S. Case 21: Falls. (2014). Case Files: Geriatrics. E. Toy, A Dentino, M. Williams & L. Johnson (Eds.). McGraw-Hill Medical.
Davison, G., Ferris, D., Pearson, A., Shach, R. (2020). Investments with returns: a Systematic literature review of health-focused housing interventions. Journal of Housing And the Built Environment 35, 829–845 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10901-019-09715-6
Anderson, A. A., Lietzau-Mourer, S., Pearson, A., Bolt, B., Timson, B., et al. (2007). Effects of age and exercise on mouse skeletal muscle type I collagen gene promoter Activity. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, 21, 921.6.
2021: Emerging and Innovative Practice Award, American Occupational Therapy Association
2021: Commencement Speaker, Maryville University, Program in Occupational Therapy, St. Louis
2019: Trailblazer Award, Washington University in St. Louis
2018: Emerging Leader Award, Program in Occupational Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis
2016: Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award, Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement, Washington University in St. Louis
2016: FOCUS St. Louis, Emerging Leaders Program, Spring class
2016: Commencement Speaker, Washington University School of Medicine Program in Occupational Therapy
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