Current Studies

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

  • 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.
  • Principal Investigator

    Bret R. Rutherford, MD
    The purpose of this 8-week study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a medication called tianeptine for treating depression in people whose symptoms have not responded to two prior treatments. Tianeptine is an investigational drug. This means that it has not been approved for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the branch of the federal government that approves new drugs, but it has been approved by the European Regulatory Agency and has been used to treat depression in Europe, Asia, and South America since the 1980s.
  • Principal Investigator

    Helen Blair Simpson, MD, PhD
    The Center for OCD and Related Disorders and the Institute of Genomic Medicine is conducting a study to look for genetic causes of OCD. Our goal is to look at the genes of individuals with OCD to see if we can identify what may have put those individuals at risk for OCD. Participants will receive a clinical evaluation at no cost, a blood draw (up to 2 tablespoons) and compensation for their time. Significant findings from these genetic tests will be reported back to participants (if they chose to be notified of results).
  • Principal Investigator

    Bret R. Rutherford, MD
    In this research study, you will be fitted with hearing aids that may be fully tuned to improve your hearing (full dose) or may be only partially tuned and not likely to substantially improve your hearing (low dose). You will receive a free hearing aid that will be at full dose at the end of the 12 week study. You will also receive treatment for depression with an FDA approved medication called escitalopram (Lexapro) or duloxetine (Cymbalta).
  • Principal Investigator

    Eleanor McGlinchey, PhD
    We are conducting research to compare different ways of improving sleep and mood in teens. Treatment involves Behavioral Sleep Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents targeting: depression trouble falling and staying asleep not feeling rested on waking feeling sleepy during the day. Study Procedures: ~ A free, thorough diagnostic evaluation ~ A full course of therapy (8-20 sessions) at no cost ~ Saliva collection and sleep monitoring before and after treatment ~ Study evaluations and treatment will be provided at no cost to you.
  • Principal Investigator

    Alla Landa, PhD
    We are recruiting healthy volunteers to participate in our diagnostic brain imaging study. This new study aims to investigate individuals experiencing persistent pain that was triggered by Lyme Disease. By utilizing brain imaging (functional MRI), we hope to gain a better understanding of why patients have ongoing problems with persistent pain, fatigue, and sensory sensitivity even after antibiotic treatment. We suspect that Lyme disease may change the pattern of an individual's brain activation, making him or her more sensitive to pain than a healthy person.
  • Principal Investigator

    Ragy Girgis, MD
    Almost everyone at some point has thoughts and experiences that they feel are unusual or that they feel uncomfortable with. We are conducting a research study to better understand how to ask about these kinds of thoughts and how they relate to violence. We are recruiting any individual between the ages of 13 to 35 to participate in this study. Participation involves: One virtual or in-person interview (up to 1 hour), Several follow-up interviews over the course of a year, either in-person or on the phone or via video (up to 40 minutes).
  • Principal Investigator

    Ragy Girgis, MD
    Healthy volunteers, age 14-30 years, needed for research study to understand thoughts and feelings young people experience over time. Study requirements: 6-7 hours including interviews, and word tests over the course of 1-2 visits at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUIMC)/New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) Follow-up interview for 6-7 hours after 2.5 years MRI scan of the brain every 6 months (3 hours).
  • Principal Investigator

    Yuval Neria, PhD
    Emerging research has demonstrated a relationship between visual attention patterns and anxiety disorders, including PTSD. This study is designed to examine these visual attention patterns using eye-tracking A simple device that monitors eye-movements. The study included two sessions conducted approximately 1 week apart, each no longer than 1 hour. In both sessions, you will perform a simple computer task while eye-data will be recorded. Session 1 can be conducted inside an MRI or without scanning. Session 2 has no MRI testing.
  • Principal Investigator

    Yuval Neria, PhD
    Emerging research has demonstrated a relationship between visual attention patterns and anxiety disorders, including PTSD. This study is designed to examine these visual attention patterns using eye-tracking A simple device that monitors eye-movements. The study included two sessions conducted approximately 1 week apart, each no longer than 1 hour. In both sessions, you will perform a simple computer task while eye-data will be recorded. Session 1 can be conducted inside an MRI or without scanning. Session 2 has no MRI testing.

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