Current Studies

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

  • Principal Investigator:

    David Pagliaccio, PhD
    This study is designed to understand aspects of brain function that result in some adolescents experiencing difficulties with depression and suicide. We are currently recruiting adolescents ages 13-17 who recently visited the emergency room for suicide-related concerns. To participate in our study, we would ask your child to: (a) complete a mental health interview (over Zoom), (b) complete a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan, (c), provide a saliva sample, and (c) collect data from their smartphone for 3 months through a research app, which would be setup during the initial study...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Michael Avissar, MD
    Suffering from hearing voices? Researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute are currently seeking participants with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who are interested in being part of a study investigating Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) as a treatment for hearing voices. You may participate in the study if you are: between the ages of 22 and 55, experiencing hearing voices, and able to come to the New York State Psychiatric Institute over a period of 4 weeks. The study will include clinical interviews, electroencephalography (EEG), magnetic resonance...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Suzette Evans, PhD
    RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS: Healthy male and female (age 21-60) MARIJUANA SMOKERS needed to study effects of marijuana on brain activity and decision-making. The study involves 2-3 outpatient visits and a 5-day/5-night stay at the NYS Psychiatric Institute and includes Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. Compensation for time could be between $870-$1230 (generally $990). Call (646) 774-5125 or (646) 774-6161 for information.
  • Principal Investigator:

    Rachel Marsh, PhD
    This research study aims to explore worries (subclinical obsessive-compulsive symptoms) in children. 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: a thorough diagnostic evaluation, games and puzzles, and 1 MRI scan. Your child will receive compensation up to $200 in the form of a gift card for participating in this study.
  • Principal Investigator:

    John Caleb Markowitz, MD
    The goal of this research study is to compare evidence-based tele-therapies for patients with non-metastatic breast cancer and comorbid major depression. Participants will be randomly assigned (like by the flip of a coin) to receive twelve weeks of either interpersonal therapy (IPT) or pharmacotherapy with a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, either venlafaxine XR (Effexor) or escitalopram (Lexapro). All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. Participants will be assessed by independent evaluators and will complete self-report questionnaires throughout the study. There will be a blood sample...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Ronit Kishon, PhD
    This study offers 12 individual free sessions of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) or Supportive Therapy to depressed adults. All sessions will be given virtually using Zoom. Participants must have internet access and video conferencing capabilities. During the study, participants can't be on psychotropic medications or attend any other psychotherapy. Participants will need to come in person before receiving sessions for a urine & blood test (protocol #6669) and once before and once after sessions for an EEG (protocol #6559). Please exercise caution when traveling in public and follow...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Sandra Comer, PhD
    This outpatient study will examine whether there is a relationship between non-fatal opioid overdose and cognitive functioning (memory, planning, organization, etc.). This research will also study the impact of a computer-based working memory program on cognition, quality of life, well-being and other important outcomes. Those who are eligible after 2-3 visits will start a 1-month long cognitive training program that can be done from their home computer, tablet or smart phone. Participants will be asked to return for follow up after they finish training, and again 1-month and 3-months later...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Brian A Fallon, MD
    Are you suffering from persistent symptoms that began after you were diagnosed and treated with antibiotics for Lyme Disease? This new research study aims to test a new form of treatment for people with persistent symptoms despite antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease. This treatment involves stimulating a nerve on the surface of your ear. This is called transcutaneous (through the skin) auricular (ear) vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS). Published studies report that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can help to reduce pain, fatigue, depression, and inflammation; some studies suggest it can improve...