Current Studies

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

  • Principal Investigator:

    Helen Blair Simpson, MD, PhD
    The goal of the project is to examine the accuracy of self-report measures that are commonly used to assess symptoms of emotional distress and well-being in (1) individuals with OCD, (2) individuals with anxiety, and (3) individuals without OCD/anxiety. Eligible participants will be asked questions about their medical and psychiatric history (through an evaluation with a clinician that can be done remotely and online questionnaires) and to perform a task on a computer. All parts of the study must be completed within a week. Following completion of the study, you will be entered into a raffle...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Francesca Zanderigo, PhD
    Note: Due to COVID-19, all the research procedures, except the phone screening for this study, has been on pause. The in-person screening and the research procedures will start after the pause is lifted. 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...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Jeffrey M. Miller, MD
    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. All research procedures can be done from home no in-person visits are required. 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...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Jeffrey M. Miller, MD
    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. All research procedures can be done from home no in-person visits are required. 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...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Jeffrey M. Miller, MD
    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. All research procedures can be done from home no in-person visits are required. 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...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Barbara H. Stanley, PhD
    Our research team studies the biological causes of depression and suicidal behavior using behavioral research. Our ultimate goal is to improve prevention of suicide. You may be eligible if you have depression either with or without suicidal thoughts or previous suicide attempts. Participation involves clinical assessments, a week-long phone survey, a stress test and computer games, with compensation of $250. If you also sign up for our companion neuroimaging study, you could receive up to a total of $1,250 and 6 months of free psychiatrist visits for medication treatment. Our rigorous safety...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Barbara H. Stanley, PhD
    Our research team studies the biological causes of depression and suicidal behavior. Our ultimate goal is to improve prevention of suicide. You may be eligible to participate as a healthy control if you do not have psychiatric illness. Participation involves clinical assessments, a week-long phone survey, a stress test and computer games, with compensation of $250. If you also sign up for our neuroimaging study, you could receive up to a total of $1,250. Our rigorous safety protocols minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure.
  • Principal Investigator:

    Raphael B. Campeas, MD
    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.
  • Principal Investigator:

    Randy P. Auerbach, PhD
    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). The initial visit would be in our lab at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center, and...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Jermaine Jones, PhD
    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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