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

October 9, 2017 No Seminar Columbus Day
October 16, 2017 CDA Meeting CDA Meeting
October 23, 2017 Robyn Sysko, PhD Diagnostic Assessments for DSM-5 Eating Disorders: Conventional Instruments vs. the Eating Disorder Assessment for DSM-5?
October 30, 2017 Justin Nash, PhD Serving the Behavioral Health Needs of the Underserved in Primary Care
November 6, 2017 Brent Moore, PhD The Veteran’s Recovery Line is Feasible, Acceptable, and Effective: Where do we go from here?
November 13, 2017 Dwain Fehon, PsyD How to Treat Pain in Cancer Patients with Unexpectedly Longer Lives
November 20, 2017 Suzanne Decker, PhD, and Anne Black, PhD Feasibility of Ecological Momentary Assessment with Female Veterans with Suicidal Ideation, PTSD, and Alcohol Use
November 27, 2017 Brent Moore, PhD, and Erica Abel, PhD VINCI: Navigating the New Administrative Data Systems from Conception through Analysis
December 4, 2017 Frank Buono, PhD Understanding Pain Interference and Pain Severity of Individuals with Neurofibromatosis Type I
December 11, 2017 Inginia Genao, MD (Extend Session 12:00-1:30) Implicit Bias: Increasing awareness, knowledge, and skills to reduce its impact
December 18, 2017 No Seminar Holiday Party
December 25, 2017 No Seminar Winter Break
January 1, 2018 No Seminar New Year's


Lori Anne 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 A Heapy, PhD

PRIME Center Associate Director

Associate Professor Term

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Amy Caroline Justice, MD, PhD

PRIME Center Associate Director

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

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Joseph Lucien 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 A Brandt, MD, MPH

PRIME Center Director of Medical Informatics

Professor of Emergency Medicine and of Anesthesiology

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