Center for Intergenerational Psychiatry (CIP)

Mission

The Center for Intergenerational Psychiatry (CIP) at Columbia Psychiatry is a center of excellence committed to studying the transmission of vulnerability and resilience to mental illness between generations, and to develop interventions and preventive strategies to interrupt and avert this transmission, limiting the impact of mental illness earlier than ever thought possible. The Center’s expertise spans epidemiology, developmental neuroscience, neuroimaging and psychophysiology, data science, genetics, epigenetics, maternal-fetal biology and has a strong focus on mental health equity, dedicating substantial efforts to produce knowledge that is relevant to under-served individuals. CIP aims to advance scientific inquiry about how, where, and in what familial and social contexts neural and behavioral development goes awry, and how these processes that are passed from generation to generation within families leading to poor mental health can be deterred.

Approach

Our goal is to promptly translate scientific information into effective interventions as early as possible to decrease risk, illness, and promote health and resilience in families and individuals. Bringing together scientists across multiple disciplines, the Center will increase the pace of discovery by moving from the laboratory to the clinic and back across development with an integrated team of scientists spanning the necessary research and clinical areas of expertise.

The Center for Intergenerational Psychiatry will accelerate scientific discovery relevant for intergenerational transmission of psychiatric disorders, working from bench
to bedside, from fetus to adolescence and beyond. In order to accomplish our goals,
we will continue to develop our existing intergenerational cohorts and develop new intergenerational cohorts, with a strong focus on under-resourced populations. The Center will also work with existing CUIMC resources and possibly private donors to establish an Intergenerational Psychiatry biobank.

The Center will also work to translate research findings about intergenerational process into improved clinical services and interventions in psychiatry. This will be achieved by disseminating our work to professional and clinical associations, settings responsible for clinician education and policymaking organizations focused on improving the lives of children and families. Another focus of the Center for Intergenerational Psychiatry will be training and dissemination.

We intend to establish a training program in the field of Intergenerational Psychiatry and a biannual international symposium on Intergenerational Psychiatry.

Contact Us

Cristiane Duarte
Cristiane.Duarte@nyspi.columbia.edu
CUIMC/Herbert Pardes Building of the New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive, New York NY