Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-morbidities and Education (PRIME) Center

A VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation (COIN)


To improve our understanding of the complex interactions between pain and associated chronic disease and behavioral health factors and to develop and implement effective interventions that can reduce pain, its negative impacts on emotional and physical functioning, and overall disease burden by employing principles of medical informatics, behavioral science, and health services research, and to improve women Veterans' health.

Focused Areas of Research

With a focus on pain and women’s health research, the strategic goals of the PRIME Center are to: (1) Enact a strategic research agenda to advance scientific knowledge and to have a significant impact on improving care for Veterans with pain and associated chronic conditions; (2) Conduct research to improve women Veterans' health; (3) Foster innovative health services research outside the two focused areas; (4) Establish a strong infrastructure that supports mentoring and career development, including partnered, system-oriented research; and (5) Promote interdisciplinary, cross-institutional collaborations and research networks in priority areas.

Who is Eligible?

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

Contact Us

For more information about the Center and our research program, please contact The Center at 203-932-5711, extension 2335.

The PRIME Seminar

The PRIME Center - VA Connecticut Healthcare System
950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516
Building 35A, 2nd Floor Conference Room (Room 237)
Mondays at noon

Next meeting: October 2, 12:00 noon
Lori Bastian, MD, MPH
Director, PRIME Center
Section Chief of General Internal Medicine
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Professor of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Upcoming Schedule

February 5, 2018 LIPS
February 12, 2018 LIPS
February 19, 2018 No Seminar Presidents' Day
February 26, 2018 Lori Bastian, MD PRIME Staff Meeting
March 5, 2018 Benjamin Tolchin, MD, MS Interventions to Improve Treatment Adherence and Outcomes Among Patients with Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures and Other Functional Disorders
March 12, 2018 Mark Relyea, PhD, and Lynette Adams, PhD Understanding Barriers to Intervening in Women Veterans' Harassment
March 19, 2018 Andrew Carlquist, PsyD Bereavement After Suicide: A Systematic Review of Comparison Studies
March 26, 2018 Pending Pending
April 2, 2018 No Seminar - CDA Meeting A Conversation with CDA Reviewers Cindy Brandt and Alicia Heapy
April 9 , 2018 Michael Leapman, MD/td> Post-Operative Opioid Prescription After Surgery for Kidney Stones
April 16, 2018 No Seminar Spring Break
April 23, 2018 Casey Cavanagh, PhD Prognosis Communication in Heart Failure
April 30, 2018 No Seminar No Seminar
May 7, 2018 Adrienne Miscimarra, PsyD Underlying Motivations of Health Behaviors: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective
May 14, 2018 Allison Warren, PhD Sexual Health and Wellbeing in Women Veterans
May 21, 2018 Elizabeth McLaughlin, PhD Medical Training in a Trauma-Informed Approach: Lessons from the Primary Care Center of Excellence
May 28, 2018 No Seminar Memorial Day
June 4, 2018 Jennifer Naylor, PhD Novel Non-Opioid Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain
June 8, 2018 Jessica Salwen-Deremer, PhD The Impact of Trauma and Physical Health on Development and Maintenance of Obesity
June 11, 2018 Kelsey Corcoran, DC Chiropractic Management for Veterans
June 18, 2018 Georgina Gross, PhD Military Sexual Trauma in Recently Returned OEF/OIF Veterans
June 25, 2018 Silvia Ronzitti, MD PTSD, Substance Use Disorder and Risk of Suicidal Behaviors among Veterans


Lori Bastian, MD, MPH

PRIME Center Director

Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine)

Section Chief of General Internal Medicine VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Director, Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center

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Alicia Heapy, PhD

PRIME Center Associate Director

Associate Professor Term

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Amy Justice, MD, PhD

PRIME Center Associate Director

Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Public Health (Health Policy)

Co-Director, Virus and Other Infection-associated Cancers

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Joseph Goulet, PhD

PRIME Center Director of Methodologies and Biostatistics

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

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Steve Martino, PhD

PRIME Center Director of Education, Dissemination, and Implementation

Professor of Psychiatry

Chief of Psychology, VA CT Healthcare System

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Cynthia Brandt, MD, MPH

PRIME Center Director of Medical Informatics

Professor of Emergency Medicine and of Anesthesiology

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Video: Investigator Insights: Automated Mobile Ancillary Care for Substance Abuse Treatment

Brent Moore, PhD, Research Psychologist at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Research Scientist in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, discusses the Automatic Mobile Ancillary Care for Substance Abuse Treatment program in a video produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Watch it here

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