Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

MSC 09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505-272-2223

Annette Crisanti, PhD, Receives PCORI Research Award

May 9, 2013

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute announced that Annette Crisanti, PhD, Research Associate Professor, has been awarded one of the first two PCORI awards in New Mexico. 

Dr. Crisanti will partner with Inside Out in Española, NM and LifeLink in Santa Fe, NM to study whether treatment for co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders can be effectively adapted and delivered by peers. “This is a terrific step forward with respect to services research in the Department,” says Michael Bogenschutz, MD, Professor, and the Department’s Vice Chair for Addictions and Clinical Research in Psychiatry. 

“The long-term objective of our study is to increase access to trauma treatment in underserved communities by providing new knowledge for patients, caregivers or clinicians regarding effective trauma treatment options. This research is important because it strives to address health disparities by looking into the benefits of Patient-Centered Trauma Treatment, that is, treatment delivered by peers with lived-experience. If effective, a trauma treatment option for patients delivered by persons in recovery has the potential to increase accessibility and availability of treatment particularly in underserved, rural, minority, and hard-to-reach populations,” says Dr. Crisanti, who works in the Department’s Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health (CRCBH) . “This is especially needed in Española which has the highest drug overdose rate in the country, entrenched generational poverty, and an intergenerational heroin addiction problem,” she says.According to the PCORI announcement, the cycle was very competitive. Only 12% of applicants were funded. The awards are part of PCORI’s second cycle of primary research funding. This new round of funding follows PCORI’s initial approval of $40.7 million in support for 25 projects under the institute’s national research priorities. All awards in this most recent round of funding were approved pending completion of a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff and issuance of a formal award contract. 

“I’d also like to especially thank Deb Altschul, Tara Biehl, Ernest Coletta, Marsha Freeman, Joe Moreno, and Clint Pyeatt for their part in making this grant submission a success,” says Dr. Crisanti


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work. More information is available at