Current Studies

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

  • Principal Investigator:

    Alla Landa, PhD
    Why do some individuals continue to experience chronic symptoms of Lyme Disease, such as pain, long after receiving treatment? Through the use of brain imaging (functional MRI) and specific biomarker testing, we hope to gain a better understanding as to why patients develop this persistent, debilitating pain. Based on prior research, we explore whether Lyme disease may change the pattern of an brain activation, making the person more sensitive to pain than a healthy person. If we identify the hyper-activated brain networks in patients with chronic Lyme symptoms, then that information can...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Alla Landa, PhD
    We are inviting healthy volunteers to participate in our brain imaging study. This study aims to investigate persistent pain in Lyme disease. By using 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 investigate whether Lyme disease changes the pattern of an individual's brain activation, making him or her more sensitive to pain than a healthy person. To test this hypothesis, we will compare patients with chronic Lyme Disease symptoms and...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Franklin R. Schneier, MD
    We are currently enrolling individuals with social anxiety disorder to participate in this study. The purpose of this study is to assess whether a brief computer-based research treatment helps improve social anxiety symptoms. For eligible participants, this study will involve a brief, novel research treatment for social anxiety, delivered in 8 sessions over the course of 4 weeks. Participants will receive payment for completing study assessments. The study will also assess the effect of research treatments on brain activity using a scan called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Principal Investigator:

    Jeffrey M. Miller, MD
    We are seeking patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who are currently experiencing symptoms despite current medication treatment to participate in a research study involving brain imaging and treatment. The goal of this study is to examine whether a type of brain imaging called PET imaging can predict how much benefit patients will have in their OCD symptoms from treatment with an anti-inflammatory medication called celecoxib, which is not FDA approved for this purpose. This study is seeking adults between the ages 18 and 55 years old who have OCD. Eligible participants with OCD...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Sandra Comer, PhD
    Have an Opioid Use Disorder? We need your help for an inpatient clinical research study! Help the New York State Psychiatric Institute research better treatment options for those with opioid use disorder.You could earn up to $12,017.00.You must meet the following criteria: - Age 18 -59 years old- Have opioid use disorder- Be currently taking an oral daily methadone therapy at a dose of 60-120 mg Call: 646-774-6243 to learn more
  • Principal Investigator:

    Joanna E. Steinglass, MD
    How do people make decisions about food? Were doing a research study with healthy individuals to find out. Help us learn more. Participation involves completing meals in our lab, participating in brain imaging, and playing computer games. Earn up to $240.
  • Principal Investigator:

    Randy P. Auerbach, PhD
    We are seeking adolescents with a history of depression ages 13-18. As a participant in our study, we would: (1) interview you and your child about current and past thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, (2) collect brain activity data with EEG (non-invasive) while your child plays some computer games and eye tracking information while they watch movies, and (3) collect data from your child's smartphone for 12 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...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Randy P. Auerbach, PhD
    We are seeking depressed adolescents ages 13-18. As a participant in our study, we would: (1) interview you and your child about current and past thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, (2) collect brain activity data with EEG (non-invasive) while your child plays some computer games and eye tracking information while they watch movies, and (3) collect data from your childs smartphone for 12 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). The initial...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Randy P. Auerbach, PhD
    We are seeking adolescents without a history of depression ages 13-18. As a participant in our study, we would: (1) interview you and your child about current and past thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, (2) collect brain activity data with EEG (non-invasive) while your child plays some computer games and eye tracking information while they watch movies, and (3) collect data from your child's smartphone for 12 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...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Helen Blair Simpson, MD, PhD
    The goal of the project is to identify brain characteristics associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by comparing brain images of (1) individuals with OCD, (2) individuals without OCD, and (3) siblings of individuals with OCD who do not themselves have the disorder. Eligible participants will be asked questions about their medical and psychiatric history, perform tasks on a computer, and receive a brain scan using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The study can be completed in one or two in-person visits. This study does not involve treatment. Participants will be compensated for...

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