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Residency Training - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Research/Scholarly Activity

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research/Scholarly Activity

All second-year residents develop an individual research project or scholarly activity under direct, ongoing supervision by a senior faculty member. In addition, monthly meetings with peers pursuing related areas of research and more experienced research fellows facilitate project development and broaden the educational benefit of this experience.

A poster session in June of the 2nd year represents the culmination of the resident's scholarly project.

Research Activities

The following are examples of current research activities within the Divisions of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College.

Neuropsychiatry
  • MRI studies on OCD, Tourette's, depression, bipolar disorder, and autism
  • Development of low-birth weight children
  • MRI of infants with prenatal exposure to drug abuse
  • Children at high and low risk for depression
  • Epidemiology of early CNS injury and psychopathology
Antisocial Behavior and Abusive Relationships

  • Assessment of psychiatric risk in incarcerated youth
  • Utility of mental health assessments in incarcerate youth
  • Development of antisocial behaviors in mainland and island Puerto Rican children
  • Prevention of dating violence in youth with conduct problems
  • Mood changes in juvenile offenders before and after rehabilitation
  • Impact of parental incarceration
Attention-Deficit Disorder
  • Methylphenidate efficacy and safety in preschoolers
  • Phase-two studies on new medications
  • Assessment tools
  • Brief diagnostic screening tools, e.g., DPS, TeenScreen®, and Quick DISC
  • Examination of the value of computerized interview for screening as an adjunct to clinical assessment in high-risk settings
  • Investigation of the sources of unreliability in diagnostic assessment
  • Assessment of suicidal ideation
  • Assessment of unwanted effects in clinical trials
Eating Disorders
  • Metabolism and body composition
  • Fluoxetine after weight restoration for anorexia nervosa
  • Pilot study of manualized family therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa
  • Psychobiology of eating behavior in binge-eating disorder and obesity
  • Pharmacological treatments for binge-eating disorde
Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Controlled trial of fluoxetine in pediatric dysthymic disorder
  • Treatment for adolescents with depression
  • Outcome research on psychodynamic therapy for adolescents with panic disorder
  • Phase-two studies of obsessive-compulsive disorder
Pediatric Delirium
  • Development and implementation of the Cornell Assessment of Pediatric Delirium (CAPD)
  • Prevalence of pediatric delirium in a clinical setting.
Post-Disaster Child Psychopathology
  • Effects of World Trade Center attack on New York City public-school students
  • Familial transmission and child PTSD
  • PTSD and substance use/abuse in youth
  • Treatment of subsyndromal depression
Service-Provision Research
  • Systems of care for seriously emotionally disturbed children
  • Parent Empowerment Project: Manual preparation
  • New York City Mental Health Assessment Partnership
  • Health Disparities Collaborative: Adolescent Depression
  • Screening for mood and other disorders
Youth Suicide
  • Studies in epidemiology, contagion, intervention, and prevention
  • Development of a rational basis for suicide postvention
  • Investigation of the mechanisms of youth suicide clusters
  • Treatment of Adolescent Suicide Attempters (TASA)
  • Experimental approached to hotline use by teens
  • Aspects of risk for suicidal behavior in children and adolescents
  • Effects of family suicide on children, adolescents, and parents
  • Phenomenology of suicide ideation

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