Current Studies

  • The Neurocognition of Language Laboratory is seeking children from 6 12 years of age to participate in a brain study of visual-sensory processing. We will use a technique called electroencephalography (EEG) to measure the brains electrical activity by placing small electrodes that rest on the scalp. EEG is pain-free, safe, and non- invasive. We are looking for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who do not take psychiatric medications and neurotypical children without psychiatric diagnoses.

  • Principal Investigator

    Randy P. Auerbach, PhD
    We are seeking adolescents ages 13-17 to participate in a study on anhedonia. Anhedonia is the reduced ability to feel pleasure or enjoy things, and is a key feature of depression and other mental illnesses. If you believe your child is experiencing anhedonia, they may be eligible to participate in this study. If your child participates in this study, we will ask that they answer questions about themselves in an interview with our study team and complete some tasks during an electroencephalogram (EEG) test.
  • Principal Investigator

    Rachel Marsh, PhD
    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 $325 in the form of a gift card for participating in this study.
  • Principal Investigator

    David Pagliaccio, PhD
    We are seeking children ages 7 - 12 to participate in a research study on irritability. The study consists of two lab visits. During the first lab visit, we will interview you and your child. During the second lab visit, your child will complete 3 tasks on the computer while electroencephalography (EEG) data are collected. We will also ask you to complete two short surveys 6-months and 12-months from the first lab visit. If your child participates, your family may be compensated up to $120.
  • Principal Investigator

    Rachel Marsh, PhD
    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.
  • Principal Investigator

    Jonathan E. Posner, MD
    Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are typically treated with two types of medications: stimulants and non-stimulants. These medications work in different ways to treat ADHD symptoms, but we do not fully understand the brain mechanisms underlying the medications' effects. This study will use MRI scanning to look at changes in the brain associated with medication treatment of ADHD in children.
  • Principal Investigator

    Jonathan E. Posner, MD
    Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are typically treated with two types of medications: stimulants and non-stimulants. These medications work in different ways to treat ADHD symptoms, but we do not fully understand the brain mechanisms underlying the medications' effects. This study will use MRI scanning to look at changes in the brain associated with medication treatment of ADHD in children.
  • 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).
  • 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.