Current Studies

Here is a list of some of our current studies. For additional studies, please visit RecruitMe.

  • Principal Investigator:

    Frances R Levin, MD
    This study will test a computer-based behavioral intervention to decrease cocaine use. Those who fail to achieve cocaine abstinence after the first 4 weeks while receiving the behavioral treatment will continue the behavioral treatment and be randomly assigned to one of two groups (one group will receive Adderall-XR (MAS-ER) and the other group will receive placebo (an inactive sugar pill)), over the course of 10 weeks. Patients will be asked to come into the clinic for outpatient treatment 3 times per week.
  • Principal Investigator:

    Randy P. Auerbach, PhD
    We are seeking adolescents ages 13-17 to participate in a study on anhedonia. Anhedonia is the reduced ability to feel pleasure or enjoy things, and is a key feature of depression and other mental illnesses. If you believe your child is experiencing anhedonia, they may be eligible to participate in this study. If your child participates in this study, we will ask that they answer questions about themselves in an interview with our study team and complete some tasks during an electroencephalogram (EEG) test. We will also ask that your child fill out questionnaires about their thoughts and...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Randy P. Auerbach, PhD
    We are seeking adolescents with a history of depression ages 13-18. As a participant in our study, we would: (1) interview you and your child about current and past thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, (2) collect brain activity data with EEG (non-invasive) while your child plays some computer games and eye tracking information while they watch movies, and (3) collect data from your child's smartphone for 12 months through an app called the Effortless Assessment of Risk States (EARS; which would be installed during the initial study visit after you learned more about the study and provided...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Randy P. Auerbach, PhD
    We are seeking depressed adolescents ages 13-18. As a participant in our study, we would: (1) interview you and your child about current and past thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, (2) collect brain activity data with EEG (non-invasive) while your child plays some computer games and eye tracking information while they watch movies, and (3) collect data from your childs smartphone for 12 months through an app called the Effortless Assessment of Risk States (EARS; which would be installed during the initial study visit after you learned more about the study and provided permission). The initial...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Randy P. Auerbach, PhD
    We are seeking adolescents without a history of depression ages 13-18. As a participant in our study, we would: (1) interview you and your child about current and past thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, (2) collect brain activity data with EEG (non-invasive) while your child plays some computer games and eye tracking information while they watch movies, and (3) collect data from your child's smartphone for 12 months through an app called the Effortless Assessment of Risk States (EARS; which would be installed during the initial study visit after you learned more about the study and provided...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Helen Blair Simpson, MD, PhD
    The goal of the project is to identify brain signatures associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by comparing brain images of (1) individuals with OCD, (2) individuals without OCD, and (3) siblings of individuals with OCD. Eligible participants will be asked about their medical and psychiatric history, perform tasks on a computer, and receive a brain scan using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The study requires one in-person visit and one assessment by telehealth. Participants will be compensated for their time and effort and may also be eligible for treatment (delivered via...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Helen Blair Simpson, MD, PhD
    The goal of the project is to identify brain characteristics associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by comparing brain images of (1) individuals with OCD, (2) individuals without OCD, and (3) siblings of individuals with OCD who do not themselves have the disorder. Eligible participants will be asked questions about their medical and psychiatric history, perform tasks on a computer, and receive a brain scan using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The study can be completed in one or two in-person visits. This study does not involve treatment. Participants will be compensated for...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Lawrence S. Kegeles, MD
    Are you between the ages of 18-35? Do you have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder? Researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute are currently seeking participants who are interested in a brief trial of anti-psychotic medication. This study will include: - magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - a physical exam - clinical and neurocognitive assessments over a four-week period. If all elements of the study are completed, participants can make up to $550.00. For further information about the study and your eligibility, please contact us.
  • Principal Investigator:

    Rachel Marsh, PhD
    This research study aims to explore learning and memory in children who have not been diagnosed with any neurological or psychiatric disorders. This study will take place at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Participation in this study includes three parts: interviews, games and puzzles, and 1-2 MRI scans. Your child will receive compensation up to $325 in the form of a gift card for participating in this study.
  • Principal Investigator:

    Ragy Girgis, MD
    Have you or your child ever had unusual thoughts, experiences or feelings, or do you have a family member with schizophrenia or psychosis? If so, you may be eligible for our clinic and research program. Researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute are interested in how these experiences may change over time. Study requirements: 6-7 hours including interviews over the course of 1-2 visits at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC)/New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) Follow-up, one-hour interview every three months for up to 2.5 years You will also be asked to...

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