Clinic for Aging, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders (CAAM)

We are an outpatient research clinic dedicated to improving the lives of people suffering from depression and cognitive impairment. The Clinic for Aging, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders (CAAM) is part of Columbia Psychiatry at Columbia University and is located at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at 1051 Riverside Drive, NY NY, 10032.

Directed by Dr. Patrick J. Brown, the clinical research focuses on the following problems in adults and elderly people:

  • Depression
  • Frailty
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Motor and Cognitive Slowing
  • Hearing Impairment

Read about our recent findings here.

Clinical Research

Since 1996, the Clinic for Aging, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders (CAAM), formerly the Adult and Late Life Depression Clinic, has been at the forefront of the study of depression and the treatment of patients who suffer from this illness.

We offer free and confidential outpatient treatment for eligible individuals in clinical research studies of standard and new antidepressant medications as well as innovative approaches to the treatment of depression. These studies are funded by the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. The studies cover a wide range of depressive illnesses including mild and severe depression, depression with atypical or classical symptoms, chronic forms of mild depression often referred to as persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), and for patients in late life, depression with memory problems, motor or cognitive slowing, sensory impairment such as hearing deficits, or depression with characteristics of frailty including strength and mobility deficits or dimished energy capacity.

We are currently recruiting for both patients and healthy controls in observational and treatment studies. Please see the following summaries for additional information about all our current studies, grouped by treatment/condition.

If you are interested in participating in one of our studies, please fill out this form. You can also call us at (646) 774-8677 or email us at CAAMLab@nyspi.columbia.edu.