Current Studies

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

  • We are trying to understand what causes bipolar disorder and how medications treat bipolar depression. If you participate, you will have two different brain scans (MRI and PET scan). You will also have antidepressant treatment for free. We will then be able to see whether information on the brain scans connects with how people do on the medications. The medications are common, and are not experimental. You will be able to discuss the treatment with Dr. Lan before starting the study to make sure that it is the proper treatment for you.
  • We are trying to understand what causes bipolar disorder and how medications treat bipolar depression. Particularly, we are looking at the importance of dopamine signaling in the process. If you participate, you will have two different brain scans (MRI and PET scan). You will also have treatment for your depression with an FDA approved medication, lurasidone (Latuda). The study is funded by the Columbia University Irving Institute to improve the treatment of bipolar disorder. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.
  • Columbia University Medical Center is presently recruiting individuals who have experienced trauma to participate in an fMRI research study. For your participation, you will receive up to $270 and an opportunity to advance research in the area of trauma and PTSD. This study involves two visits.
  • 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 $275 in the form of a gift card for participating in this study.
  • Columbia University Medical Center is presently recruiting healthy individuals to participate in an fMRI research study. For your participation, you will receive up to $270 and an opportunity to advance research in the area of trauma and PTSD. This study involves two visits.
  • This study intends to learn more about the symptoms of psychosis and beliefs. The study involves clinical interviews, clinical chart review, computer tests, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
  • We are currently enrolling individuals with social anxiety disorder to participate in this study. The purpose of this study is to assess whether a brief computer-based research treatment helps improve social anxiety symptoms. For eligible participants, this study will involve a brief, novel research treatment for social anxiety, delivered in 8 or 12 sessions over the course of 4 or 8 weeks. Participants will receive payment for completing study assessments.
  • This research study aims to identify brain differences that underlie OCD in children by assessing changes in the brain after treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This study includes a thorough diagnostic evaluation, a full course of CBT (12 sessions), and fMRI scans before and after treatment. All study procedures, including the evaluation, treatment, and fMRI scans are at no cost. In addition, your child will receive compensation up to $300 in the form of a gift card for participating in this study.
  • Approximately half of the individuals with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) present with major depressive disorder (MDD). Compared to PTSD alone, patients with comorbid PTSD-MDD demonstrate greater distress and poorer treatment outcome. The goal of this pilot study is to collect preliminary data on the feasibility, safety, and initial efficacy of an integrated therapeutic approach of a combination treatment with PE and Pramipexole, a dopamine agonist, in treating patients suffering with PTSD and Depression. This study includes pre- and post- treatment research MRI Scans.
  • Approximately half of the individuals with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) present with major depressive disorder (MDD). Compared to PTSD alone, patients with comorbid PTSD-MDD demonstrate greater distress and poorer treatment outcome. The goal of this pilot study is to collect preliminary data on the feasibility, safety, and initial efficacy of an integrated therapeutic approach of a combination treatment with PE and Pramipexole, a dopamine agonist, in treating patients suffering with PTSD and Depression. This study includes pre- and post- treatment research MRI Scans.

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