Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

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

Phone: 505-272-2223

Alya Reeve, MD, MPH, FANPA and Deborah Altschul, PhD and Receive PCORI Research Award

May 13, 2013

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute announced that Alya Reeve, MD, MPH, FANPA, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Pediatrics, and Deborah Altschul, PhD, Research Assistant Professor in our department and, have received a PCORI research award for their study “Researching the Effectiveness of a Decision-Support Tool for Adult Consumers with Mental Health Needs and Their Care Managers.”

Drs. Reeve and Altschul will partner with the Family Services Agency of San Francisco to study the effectiveness of decision-support tools for adults with serious and chronic mental illness and their care managers. The study is designed to look at differences in implementation across rural and urban sites and at the impact on patients and professionals that results from improved shared decision-making in initiating and maintaining psychiatric care (groups, medications, prevention of hospitalization, housing, transportation, etc.). The study will provide care managers with structured mentoring to allow patients to express their priorities in achieving mental health. It has the potential to demonstrate a sustainable model of shared decision-making that is applicable in rural and urban settings across multiple cultural settings. In addition to two mental health clinics in San Francisco, two core service agencies (CSAs) in New Mexico will participate – Border Area Mental Health Center (SW region) and Tri-County Community Services (NE region). This grant provides recognition of New Mexico’s University – Community partnerships in developing cutting edge and practical solutions to decreasing barriers to health and healthcare.

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.

“We’d also like to especially thank Marsha Freeman (Grants Coordinator), Tara Biehl (Program Manager), and Tisa Bernally-Russell (Research Associate) for their part in making this submission a success,” say Drs. Reeve and Altschul. “The efforts and team approach of everyone at CRCBH make meeting deadlines and catching small details possible.”

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