Founded in 1997 as the Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest (BHRCS), the PIRE-Southwest center specializes in mixed-methods research and program evaluation. Major areas of research include health and behavioral health policy and service delivery, community-based substance abuse prevention, intervention development and evaluation, and implementation and dissemination science.
Our interdisciplinary research team has a strong history of engagement with rural, Latinx, Native American, and sexual and gender minority communities. The PIRE-Southwest center is focused on conducting high quality research to identify and eliminate health disparities through the advancement of policies and programs that change lives. Our scientists collaborate with universities, federal, state and local community organizations, community coalitions, health educators, and health practitioners to study, develop, test, and disseminate innovative and evidence-based ideas, programs, and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for individuals and their communities.
Areas of Expertise
- Community-Based Participatory Research and Evaluation
- Health Disparities Research
- Implementation Science
- Impaired Driving Intervention and Environmental Strategies Evaluation
- Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
- Mixed-Methods Research and Evaluation
- Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning
- Program Evaluation
- Qualitative Research Methodologies
- Randomized Controlled Trials
- State and Community Capacity-Building Research
- Substance Abuse Intervention and Environmental Strategies Evaluation
- Training and Technical Assistance