Pain Research, Informatics, Medical Comorbidities and Education (PRIME) Center

A VA Health Services Research and Development Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP)

Mission

To improve our understanding of the complex interactions between pain and associated chronic disease and behavioral health factors and to develop efficacious interventions that can reduce unnecessary pain and suffering and overall disease burden.

Research Portfolio

Our research program is broad in scope and includes several active studies.  These include:

  • CBT for painful diabetic neuropathy - A clinical trial of the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy as an adjunct treatment for diabetic peripheral nerve pain.
  • CBT for MS-related chronic pain – A clinical trial of the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy as a treatment for chronic multiple sclerosis-related pain.
  • Women Veterans Cohort Study (pain substudy) - The key aims of this substudy are to determine the prevalence of persistent pain in a national sample of female and male veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, to evaluate gender, age, and racial disparities in pain prevalence, and to determine the associations of pain with combat trauma and military sexual trauma.
  • CBT for pain and opioid dependence in methadone maintenance treatment – A NIDA-funded clinical trial to assess the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy in promoting pain management and drug abstinence in opioid dependent, methadone-maintained patients.
  • Office-based CBT for pain and opioid dependence – A NIDA-funded clinical trial to assess the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy in promoting pain management and drug abstinence in buprenorphine-maintained office-based patients.

Who is eligible?

Veterans and non-veterans with painful medical conditions, including, but not limited to chronic low back pain, diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, and pain related to Multiple Sclerosis.

Leadership

  • Robert D. Kerns, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology; PRIME Center Director
  • Amy Justice, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine; PRIME Center Medical Director
  • Joseph L. Goulet, Associate Research Scientist, Internal Medicine General Medicine; PRIME Center Director of Methods and Biostatistics

Contact Us

For more information about the Center and our research program, please contact David Pecirep at 203-932-5711, extension  3526.

Location

VA Connecticut Healthcare System
950 Campbell Avenue
Building 35A
West Haven, CT 06516


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