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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.

VA Epidemiology to Implementation (ETI) Seminar: Hosted by Robin M. Masheb, PhD, on behalf of PRIME, VACS and CERC

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

Upcoming Schedule

February 3, 2020 LIPS
February 10, 2020 LIPS
February 17, 2020 No Seminar Presidents' Day
February 24, 2020 Nadim Mahmud, MD, MS, MPH, MSCE Predicting Surgical Risk in Cirrhosis: A VA Cohort Study
March 2, 2020 Soohyun Nam, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC TBD
March 9, 2020 Design Clinic
March 16, 2020 Lynette Adams, PhD, & Mark Relyea, PhD Ending Harassment - Practical Applications
March 23, 2020 CDA Meeting
March 30, 2020 No Seminar
April 6, 2020 Design Clinic
April 13, 2020 Shelli Feder, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC Variation in VAMC use of High-Quality Palliative Car Among Veterans with Heart Failure
April 20, 2020 Erica Abel, PhD & Brent Moore, PhD Research Data 101
April 27, 2020 Alicia Heapy PhD Technology-Assisted Self-Management for Chronic Pain: Development, Testing and Implementation of Cooperative Pain Education and Self-Management (COPES)
May 4, 2020 Garrett Ash, PhD Mobile Approaches to Promote Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity in Type 1 Diabetes
May 11, 2020 Allison Gaffey, PhD Stress and Sleep Disturbance: Nontraditional Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease Among Women Veterans
May 18, 2020 Nallakkandi Rajeevan, PhD Genetic Risk Overlaps of PTSD with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Illnesses
May 25, 2020 No Seminar Memorial Day
June 1, 2020 Jaylyn Clark, PhD Uptake of Nonpharmacological Pain Treatment Modalities
June 8, 2020 Allison Warren, PhD TBD
June 15, 2020 Sean Hallinan, PhD Burnout, Turnover, and Vicarious Trauma in Persistently Traumatized Organizations
June 22, 2020 Amanda Gehrke, PhD Evaluating and Optimizing Interprofessional Care in the Opioid Reassessment: A QI Project


  • PRIME Center Director

    Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Section Chief of General Internal Medicine VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Internal Medicine; Director, Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center, Research

  • PRIME Center Director of Methodologies and Biostatistics

    Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director, Methods Core, Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center; Director, Research Design Clinic, Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center; Consultant for Observational Studies, Yale Center for Analytical Sciences (YCAS)

  • PRIME Center Director of Medical Informatics

    Professor of Biomedical Informatics & Data Science; Vice Chair for Education, Biomedical Informatics & Data Science; Professor, Biostatistics

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