Psychiatry Research Innovations (PRI)


The PRI is established to advance academic success of faculty members in the Department of Psychiatry by providing research-related administrative, operational, and educational support.


  • Director of PRI: Merlin Ariefdjohan, PhD, MPH
  • Director of Biostatistics Core: Susan Mikulich, PhD
  • Biostatistics Consultant: Crystal Natvig, MPH
  • Director of Research Operations Core: Claudia Iannelli, MS
  • Director of Clinical Research Support Core: Christine Garver-Apgar, PhD
  • Director of Research Education Core: Emmaly Perks, MA, CCRP
  • Grants and Contracts Specialist: Chelsea Hansen, MFA

Requesting PRI Support:

Within her role as the Director of PRI, Merlin will manage and provide oversight to all the services outlined below. She will vet each request for support from respective faculty members and then work closely with the Core Directors/Specialist to determine the type and level of support that can be reasonably provided. A ticketing system may be implemented, but in the interim, all requests can be emailed to

Eligibility for PRI Support

Contact Us

13001 E. 17th Place

Rm E4304

Mail Stop F546

Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (303) 724-4064

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