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 Lisa Carney at 203-932-5711, extension 2335.


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 Term

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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Lori Anne Bastian, MD, MPH

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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