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PRIME Leadership

Lori Bastian, MD, MPHLori Bastian, MD, MPH, Director. Dr. Bastian has a 30+ year career in VA research, starting at the Durham VA Medical Center. Under the mentorship of Eugene Oddone, MD, MHSc, she received an HSR Career Development Award to conduct research on behavioral interventions and women's health. In 2016, she was appointed Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and Director of the PRIME Center. In 2023, Dr. Bastian was appointed Associate Chief of Staff for Research. She also co-directs the VA OAA Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Systems Research.

Alicia Heapy, PhDAlicia Heapy, PhD, Associate Director. Dr. Heapy has been the Associate Director of the PRIME Center since 2008 and is a leader in its focused area of research around pain. In 2019, she was appointed Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and serves as Corresponding PI of the HSR-funded Pain/Opioid Core. She is a member of the National Pain Management Strategy Coordinating Committee, representing research. She is also Chair of the National Pain Research Working Group that comprises over 80 VHA, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and collaborating non-VHA pain-relevant investigators.

Cynthia Brandt, MD, MPHCynthia Brandt, MD, MPH, Deputy Director. Dr. Brandt provides expertise in medical informatics, health systems research, informatics education, and the use of electronic health record data for health systems research. Dr. Brandt is Professor of Emergency Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Her informatics career has focused on building informatics infrastructure for clinical research. Her funded projects use VA's electronic medical record data and natural language processing. She also co-directs the VA OAA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Informatics as well as the NLM-funded Informatics Fellowship at Yale.

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