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Columbia Psychiatry is proud to be an international leader in the field of psychiatric medicine. An integral component of one of the nation’s premier medical schools, Columbia Psychiatry is in the vanguard of training tomorrow’s medical and health professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and behavioral disorders in children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. We are proud to rank #1 nationally by the NIH (National Institutes of Health) in grant support.

Our mission is to define for the field the standards of care and practices in psychiatry through leading edge research, clinical care, policy, and training.

Much of our progress is the result of the foresight, commitment, and dedication of our contributors. The Frontier Fund is the annual fund of Columbia Psychiatry and provides critical support for our core mission. The name is inspired by the brain itself – one of the last true frontiers of exploration and discovery, and the focus of our vital research at Columbia Psychiatry. This fund is crucial in allowing us to support the best and brightest young investigators, pioneering pilot research, and the most promising priority initiatives (further information below).

You can click on the link below to make a secure online gift, or you can make a check out to 'The Trustees of Columbia University' with 'Department of Psychiatry' in the memo line, and mail to:

Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Office of Development
516 West 168th Street, Third Floor
New York, New York 10032

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With any questions or for more information on additional giving opportunities such as gifts of securities or wire transfers please contact: (866) GIFTSYS (1-866-443-8797).

The Department of Psychiatry has also benefited from individuals who have made planned gifts, including bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, IRA and/or life insurance beneficiary designations.

Please contact Bridget Foley at for any general questions regarding supporting Columbia Psychiatry. For more information on how to make a gift providing you with income or a future gift, please contact Laura Tenenbaum at or 212-342-2108.

Young Investigators

From its inception, the Frontier Fund has been dedicated to providing support for promising young scientists to foster the leaders of tomorrow. The energy and talent of this new generation of researchers are the foundation for Columbia Psychiatry’s future and critical advances in mental health care.

Clinical Research and Treatment

Columbia Psychiatry offers help and hope to thousands of patients and families each year who are challenged by Autism, Eating Disorders, Depression, Severe Anxiety, Schizophrenia or Substance Abuse. Our clinicians and researchers have pioneered innovative new treatments that set a new standard of care for the field.

Education and Outreach

Taking a public health approach, Columbia Psychiatry serves the mental health needs of our community in Washington Heights, greater New York City and beyond. We work with neighborhood public schools to assist over 1,000 youth annually through early identification and assessment, crisis counseling and treatment. We also provide, at no cost, confidential mental health counseling to New York Police Department staff directly affected by the trauma of September 11, 2001.

The Chair’s Initiatives

 In 2022, H. Blair Simpson, MD, PhD, became the Interim Chair of Psychiatry at P&S and Interim Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). The Chair’s Initiatives fund provides vital unrestricted funds for core priorities that help to support new initiatives, student services, faculty educators and research opportunities.