Chris Saxton, contact and grants administrator for the UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been selected to be a reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

“I really wanted to do this so that I can help our faculty,” Saxton says. “By reviewing applications myself, I’ll have more of an insight into what PCORI reviewers are looking for. And that can only help us prepare stronger applications in our own department."

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. 

“It’s a great approach to funding, making sure that the stakeholders really have a say during the entire process,” Saxton says. “I wanted to be a part of it.”

Currently, there are two PCORI research awards in the department. Annette Crisanti, PhD, is working 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. Alya Reeve, MD, has a study titled Researching the Effectiveness of a Decision-Support Tool for Adult Consumers with Mental Health Needs and Their Care Managers.” Reeve is partnering with two clinics through the Family Services Agency of San Francisco and, in New Mexico, with the Border Area Mental Health Center and Tri-County Community Services. Their 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.