Current Studies

  • The Neurocognition of Language Laboratory is seeking children from 6 12 years of age to participate in a brain study of visual-sensory processing. We will use a technique called electroencephalography (EEG) to measure the brains electrical activity by placing small electrodes that rest on the scalp. EEG is pain-free, safe, and non- invasive. We are looking for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who do not take psychiatric medications and neurotypical children without psychiatric diagnoses. The purpose of this study is to determine if some children with autism have a neurochemical...
  • 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:

    Rachel Marsh, PhD
    This research study aims to explore learning and memory in children who have not been diagnosed with any neurological or psychiatric disorders. 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: interviews, games and puzzles, and 1-2 MRI scans. Your child will receive compensation up to $325 in the form of a gift card for participating in this study.
  • Principal Investigator:

    Rachel Marsh, PhD
    This research study aims to identify brain differences that underlie OCD in children by assessing changes in the brain after treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This study includes a thorough diagnostic evaluation, a full course of CBT (12 sessions), and fMRI scans before and after treatment. All study procedures, including the evaluation, treatment, and fMRI scans are at no cost. In addition, your child will receive compensation up to $350 in the form of a gift card for participating in this study.
  • 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. To participate in our study, we would ask your child to: (a) complete a mental health interview (from home over Zoom), (b) complete a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan, (c), provide a saliva sample, and (c) collect data from their smartphone for 12 months through a research app, which would be setup during the initial study appointment after you learn more and provide permission. There also would be brief follow-up assessments that would be...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Amir Levine, MD
    The Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute is currently recruiting healthy volunteers with no previous diagnosis of any psychiatric disorders to provide samples and answer questionnaires. If your child is eligible, he or she will be compensated up to $110.
  • Principal Investigator:

    Amir Levine, MD
    Sertraline (also known as Zoloft) is an FDA approved medication that is used to treat anxiety in children and adolescents. We aim to better understand how children and adolescents with anxiety respond to sertraline and whether we can predict medication response. If your child is eligible, he or she can participate in a research study and will receive both a clinical evaluation and 14 weeks of medication at no cost to you. Your child may also have access to a therapeutic school on the premises.