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Featured Projects

•Long COVID Practice Based Research Network
A multi-site effort including the Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN), the James J. Peters VA Medical Center (Bronx, NY), and the Puget Sound VA Health Care System (Seattle, WA), the Long COVID Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) is an effort to build an infrastructure that will facilitate and support rigorous practice-based and data-driven research to address gaps in access, treatment, and cost-effective delivery of Long COVID care. More Information
•Pain ESP
Lizzy Goldsmith, MD,
and team found Evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) are effective for chronic pain, yet underused. To identify key gaps for future research to improve uptake of EBPs for chronic pain, we completed an evidence review on barriers, facilitators, and evaluations of implementation strategies. More Information
Erin Krebs, MD,
is evaluating the effects of changes in opioid prescribing practice on Veterans treated with opioid therapy for chronic pain. More Information
Laura Meis, PhD,
 is pilot testing a new method of treating PTSD in veterans by partnering with veterans’ significant others. Couples participate in treatment together. The treatment integrates one of the most effective treatments for PTSD (Prolonged Exposure therapy) with one of the most effective treatments for relationship distress (Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy). More Information
• Primary Care for Women with Past Trauma
Elisheva Danan, MD, MPH
, has been working with the Minnesota Learning Health Systems Mentored Career Development Program to develop and implement trauma-sensitive, patient-centered primary and preventive healthcare practices for women Veterans who have experienced sexual assault. More Information
• Social Determinant Influences

Michele Spoont, PhD, and her colleagues in CCDOR and at Purdue University have been working on a mixed-methods study exploring how social determinants of health among Veterans with PTSD influence their mental health treatment beliefs, treatment preferences, and views of PTSD. More Information
Hildi Hagedorn, PhD
and team are working with 8 VA sites to increase use of medications for treating opioid use disorders (M-OUD). M-OUD effectively manages cravings and prevents overdose, yet, <40% of Veterans with OUD receive it. At 6 months, we’ve learned it takes more than training to make this happen. More Information
Laura Meis, PhD
and her team surveyed 272 veterans with PTSD as they began trauma-focused therapy at 4 different VAs. Researchers found that veterans were twice as likely to stay in PTSD treatment when a loved one encouraged them to face their distress. More Information

Diana Burgess, PhD is heading a 6-year, $5.2 million study, funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), on the effectiveness of mindfulness to treat chronic pain and co-morbid conditions such as PTSD, insomnia, depression, and substance abuse. More Information
Diana Burgess, PhD and colleagues are testing the effectiveness of a multi-component intervention involving proactive outreach, a pedometer-based walking program, action planning, motivational interviewing and the use of cognitive behavioral techniques among black and non-black Veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain. More Information
Erin Krebs, PhD, MPH was awarded $12.5 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to conduct a comparative effectiveness study to improve pain management and opioid safety in Veterans with chronic pain. More Information
Melissa Polusny, PhD and Chris Erbes, PhD were funded through NIH’s National Institute of Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) UG3/UH3 Phase Innovation Awards Cooperative Agreement mechanism to conduct a prospective, longitudinal cohort study of new military enlistees. More Information


Project Websites

ARMOR logo

Advancing Research on Mechanisms of Resilience (ARMOR) 
LAMP logo

Learning to Apply Mindfulness to Pain (LAMP) 
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Veterans' Pain Care Organizational Improvement Comparative Effectiveness (VOICE) Study 
VAntage Study logo Veteran Support for Smoking Cessation Pilot Project (VAntage)
SeRV logo Suicide Prevention for Recent Veterans (SeRV)