Grand Challenges Milestones

The work of the grand challenges teams includes research, professional practice, community engagement and public policy. The following achievements represent milestones on each team’s journey to a stronger and healthier New Mexico.


External Grants that Support Grand Challenge Research

  • 2020-2025, $2,300,000
    National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAA)
    Development of a Comprehensive and Dynamic AA Process Model: One Day at a Time
    (PIs J. Scott Tonigan and Matthew R. Pearson)

  • 2019-2021, $555,792
    National Institutes of Health
    Integrated Treatment for Veterans with Co-Occurring Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder
    (PIs Kevin Vowles and Katie Witkiewitz; Co-Investigators: Robert Rhyne, Zachary Schmidt, Karen Cardon, Erik Clarke, Kathleen Farrell)

  • 2019-2024, UNM Subaward $4,199,001
    National Institutes of Health
    Patient-Centered Team-Based Primary Care to Treat Opioid Use Disorder, Depression, and Other Conditions
    (PIs Lynn DeBar and Katharine Bradley; UNM Co-Investigators: Katie Witkiewitz, Robert Rhyne, Caroline Bonham, Orrin Myers, Sherry Weitzen, Terri Moyers)

  • 2019-2023, $1,398,555
    National Institutes of Health
    Alcohol and Addiction Research Domain Criteria and Alcohol Use Disorder Recovery
    (PI: Katie Witkiewitz; UNM Co-Investigators: Scott Tonigan, Matthew Pearson)

  • 2019-2020. $59,619
    Mountain West Clinical and Transactional Research
    Pharmacogenetics to Improve Opioid Prescribing for Native Americans: Pilot Study
    (PI Reyes, Kathleen Lopez Reyes, MD, MSCR)

Challenge-Related Publications and Reports

  • Corey Roos, Megan Kirouac, Elena Stein, Adam Wilson, Sarah Bowen, and Katie Witkiewitz. Psychology Department and Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions University of New Mexico.
    An Open Trial of Rolling Admission Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention: Feasibility, Acceptability, Dose-Response Relations, and Mechanisms.

  • Katie Witkiewitz, Raye Z. Litten, and Lorenzo Leggio. Psychology Department and Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions University of New Mexico and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
    Advances in the science and treatment of alcohol use disorder.
    Science Advances.

Challenge-Related Community Engagements

  • Fall 2020
    UNM Collegiate Recovery Center
    The Grand Challenges Substance Use Disorders team provided seed funding for the the UNM Collegiate Recovery Center (CRC), which opened its doors in November 2019. The Campus Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP) and CRC (based in the Department of Psychology) collaborated to create a campus-wide needs assessment which will be distributed to UNM students, staff, faculty and alumni in the spring. In addition, Grand Challenges funded furnishing of the actual CRC space which fulfilled one of four pillars of the CRC model, a drop-in center meant to be a dedicated, safe space for students in recovery from addiction. The mission of CRC is to support students in recovery from addiction at any point on their journey.

  • May 22, 2019
    Alcohol, Genes, and the Brain: The Latest Science and Dispelling Myths.
    New Mexico Museum of Natural History

Challenge-Related Media Presence


External Grants that Support Grand Challenge Research

  • 2019-2023, $1,009,923
    National Science Foundation
    Quantifying the microbial contribution to community recovery from drought
    (PI Jennifer Rudgers, coPI Scott Collins)

  • 2019-2023, $489,000
    National Science Foundation
    LTREB: Community reordering alters ecosystem processes in desert grassland
    (PI Scott Collins; co-PI Jennifer Rudgers)

  • 2020-2024, $5,000,000
    National Science Foundation
    CREST Center for Water and Environment, Phase II
    (PI Howe, Kerry; co-PIs José Cerrato, Ricardo González-Pinzón, Andrew Schuler and Mark Stone)

Challenge-Related Publications and Reports

  • September, 2019
    Esteban Muldavin, Elizabeth Milford, Lee Grunau, and Renée Rondeau. Natural Heritage New Mexico, Biology Department University of New Mexico, and Colorado Natural Heritage Program Colorado State University.
    Middle Rio Grande Conservation Action Plan: Framework and Status Assessment
    This work supports the efforts of the Sustainable Water Resources Grand Challenge Team.

  • October, 2019
    Caroline Scruggs, Claudia Pratesi, John Fleck
    Direct Potable Water Reuse in Five Arid Inland Communities: An Analysis of Factors Influencing Public Acceptance
    Journal: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
    DOI/MS ID: 10.1080/09640568.2019.1671815

Challenge-Related Community Engagements

  • November 14, 2019 (this event is not open to the general public)
    2019 Middle Rio Grande Conservation Action Plan Symposium.
    Rio Grande Nature Center State Park.