Current Studies

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

  • The purpose of this study is to examine the use of a new portable brain imaging device to study a measure of brain activity, and to develop optimal methods for analyzing the data from this device. After baseline assessments including clinical interview, physical exam, and blood tests, participants will undergo 3 brain scans on separate days: two Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans, each lasting one hour, using different PET cameras, to measure metabolic activity in the brain, and one Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan, to obtain information about brain structure.
  • The goal of this study is to examine how effective and well-tolerated a possible new treatment for individuals who injure themselves frequently will be. We are studying a minimal-risk form of electrical brain stimulation called transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. Previous studies using tDCS have shown that it is helpful in treating conditions like depression and chronic pain. tDCS is administered using two small electrodes that are applied to the scalp. A low current is applied to the electrodes using a battery-operated device.
  • The goal of this study is to examine how effective and well-tolerated a possible new treatment for individuals who injure themselves frequently will be. We are studying a minimal-risk form of electrical brain stimulation called transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. Previous studies using tDCS have shown that it is helpful in treating conditions like depression and chronic pain. tDCS is administered using two small electrodes that are applied to the scalp. A low current is applied to the electrodes using a battery-operated device.
  • The goal of this study is to examine how effective and well-tolerated a possible new treatment for individuals who injure themselves frequently will be. We are studying a minimal-risk form of electrical brain stimulation called transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. Previous studies using tDCS have shown that it is helpful in treating conditions like depression and chronic pain. tDCS is administered using two small electrodes that are applied to the scalp. A low current is applied to the electrodes using a battery-operated device.
  • This study conducts behavioral tasks to explore the biological causes of depression and suicidal behavior. We hope to develop a better understanding of how people who feel depressed and suicidal cope with their feelings so we can improve treatment and prevention. Participants can have depression with or without a suicidal thoughts or any history of suicide attempts. Participation involves clinical assessments, a week-long phone survey, a stress test and computer games.
  • This study conducts behavioral tasks to explore the biological causes of depression and suicidal behavior. We hope to develop a better understanding of how people who attempt suicide differ from those who do not in order to improve prevention. Participation includes clinical assessments,a week-long phone survey, a stress test and a computer game. Eligible individuals will be compensated up to $125.
  • We are seeking individuals without any history of psychiatric disorders to serve as controls in our studies of OCD and anxiety. Studies may involve diagnostic interviews, MRI scans, and computer tasks. Compensation provided for time and travel.
  • This study uses smartphone technology to better understand changes in adolescent moods over time. As a participant in our study, we would: (a) interview your child about current and past thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and (b) collect data from your child's smartphone for 6 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).
  • This research study is testing medication strategies for weight loss in individuals with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Participants will be randomly assigned (like a coin flip) to lorcaserin, lorcserin plus metformin, or placebo. All participants will be offered regular diet and exercise counseling. The study lasts one year.
  • Healthy Black and Latino heroin users (male and female ages 25-55) are needed for a research study assessing the relationship between heroin use and cellular aging. The study involves a single visit to the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and consists of questionnaires and the collection of a blood sample for genetic testing. The visit will take about 2-3 hours and you'll be compensated $50.

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