Current Studies

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

  • For inquiries, please call (646) 774-6104. Emails and online submissions are not monitored. Male and female cocaine users (age 18-30) needed for a research study involving answering questionnaires and completing performance tasks. Earn $180-$210, depending on the number of visits. For more information, call (646) 774-6104, do not email. Online submissions will NOT be monitored. Confidential.
  • 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 $350 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.
  • The purpose of this study is to learn more about how individuals with OCD and anxiety disorders respond to a stress reactivity task. This study may help us to better understand the brain basis of OCD and anxiety disorders so that we can improve treatments. You will be asked to complete a stress reactivity task and questionnaires about your symptoms and health for compensation of up to $100.
  • The Columbia University Irving Medical Center Department of Psychiatry is conducting a clinical research study at the New York State Psychiatric Institute looking at depression in adults ages 18-75. Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to either treatment with medication or a sugar pill. The medication is called escitalopram and it is an FDA approved medication indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder. A placebo is a sugar pill.
  • The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of dietary flavanols on brain activity.Flavanols represent a specific group of plant-derived nutrients that are found in cocoabeans, grapes, tea, berries and various other fruits and vegetables. The specificflavanols investigated in this study come from cocoa. You are being asked to participate because you are a healthy subject between the age of 50 and 69 years old. http://cumcmemorystudy.com/
  • This NIMH-funded research study examines whether there are differences in the brain when people with eating disorders make decisions about food. We hope to understand the neurobiology of eating disorders so that we can improve treatment. Participation includes computer tasks, brain imaging (MRI), and a measure of eating behavior. Eligible individuals will receive inpatient or outpatient treatment at no cost.
  • A research study at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Medical Center is looking for healthy teens between the ages of 14 and 18 years to participate in a study about food. Come in to the lab three times over the course of two years and get up to $250 each time for your participation. For more information and to see if you are eligible, call the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders at 646 774 8066.
  • This research study uses brain imaging to explore the biological causes of depression and suicidal behavior. The investigators hope to develop a better understanding of how people who attempt suicide differ from those who don't in order to improve prevention. Participation includes brain imaging scans (MRI and PET), neuropsychological tasks and clinical assessment. Eligible individuals will be compensated up to $475.

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