Participate in Research

Below is a list of the current studies that are being conducted by the Center of Prevention and Evaluation (COPE) at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry/New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI).


In Person/Virtual Research Study for People with Unusual Thoughts/Experiences

Have you ever had unusual thoughts, experiences or feelings, or do you have a family member with schizophrenia or psychosis? If so, you may be eligible for the Center of Prevention and Evaluation clinic and research program. Researchers at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry/New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) are interested in how these experiences may change over time.

Study requirements: 2–3 hours of interview over the course of 1–2 visits at NYSPI. These visits can also be done remotely or over video. As a participant you will receive $50 as well as reimbursement for local transportation to research appointments.

If you are eligible, you will have the opportunity to participate in any of a number of additional research studies. If you participate in a research study, both therapy and medication are available to you at no cost. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please follow this link to see if you are eligible to participate. For further information about the study, please contact the research coordinator, Hannah, at 646-774-5209 or through email at Hannah.Hesson@nyspi.columbia.edu.


Brain Imaging Research Study and Brief Treatment: People with Hallucinations and Delusions

Are you between the ages of 18–35?

Do you have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder?

Researchers at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry/New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) are currently seeking participants who are interested in a brief trial of anti-psychotic medication.

This study will include:

  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • a physical exam
  • clinical and neurocognitive assessments over a four-week period

If all elements of the study are completed, participants can make up to $550.00. Please follow this link to see if you are eligible to participate. For further information about the study, please contact the research coordinator, Hannah, at 646-774-5209 or through email at Hannah.Hesson@nyspi.columbia.edu.

Center of Prevention and Evaluation (COPE) at NYSPI/Columbia Psychiatry
1051 Riverside Drive
First Floor, Suite 1715
New York, NY 10032
United States