Advances in Psychiatry

Home to the country’s top psychiatrists who are leading the field in patient care, research, and medical education.

Last year, we provided care for 20,000 patients and trained 100 residents. Our academic partners — Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons — are consistently ranked No. 1 in NIH funding. With nationally recognized psychiatrists and psychologists across two academic medical center campuses, we can offer robust specialized programs, such as Addiction & Substance Use Rehabilitation, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Ketamine therapy, to respond to our community’s needs.

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Cardiology, Neurology, Psychiatry

A Novel Approach to Treating PTSD in Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors

A multidisciplinary team from Columbia and the New York State Psychiatric Institute conduct pilot study of acceptance and mindfulness-based exposure therapy protocol for PTSD after sudden cardiac arrest.

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Moving Toward Precision Medicine in Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for PTSD

Weill Cornell Medicine psychologist shows that using D-cycloserine, a cognitive enhancing medication, with virtual reality exposure therapy offers a personalized approach to treating PTSD.

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Otolaryngology, Psychiatry

New Study Shows That Hearing Loss May Worsen Cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenia

Columbia psychiatry and otolaryngology faculty identified higher rates of hearing loss among patients with schizophrenia, pointing to the need for routine hearing screening.

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Tackling the Treatment of Cannabis Use Disorder

Columbia psychiatry faculty lead research of first-in-class drug to treat this substance use disorder.

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Psychiatry, Women's Health

Study Shows Need for Increased Research and Screening of Maladaptive Weight Control Methods in Postpartum Women

Weill Cornell Medicine mental health urge that research and screening occur in postpartum women for eating disorders, particularly around the use of breastfeeding and pumping as maladaptive weight control methods.

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Geriatrics, Psychiatry

Addressing Substance Use Disorders in Geriatric Population

Weill Cornell Medicine conducted a review of existing literature to inform best practices for treating substance use disorders in geriatrics moving forward.

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Four Different Subtypes of Autism Uncovered Through Novel Brain Study

Weill Cornell Medicine psychiatrist and neuroscientists used machine learning and a large brain imaging dataset to correlate autism symptoms with brain connectivity.

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Tackling Eating Disorders Through Habit Circuitry

Mental health clinicians at the Center for Eating Disorders work to prevent relapse in anorexia nervosa by addressing maladaptive behaviors and habits.

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Psychiatry, Women's Health

Uncovering the Link to Between Perinatal Anxiety and Immunity

Weill Cornell Medicine reproductive psychiatrist uncovers differences in the immune system in pregnant women with anxiety from that of those without anxiety.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Psychiatry Faculty Address Transgender Health Disparities

Columbia psychologist developing community-based interventions to improve HIV prevention and care for transgender women of color.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Faculty Examine the Role of Rewards in Treating Late-life Depression

Weill Cornell Medicine researchers conduct one of the first studies to look at the neural mechanisms of reward-focused interventions for major depression in older adults.

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Assessing Brain Connectivity Patterns and Treatment Response in OCD

A Columbia psychiatrist examines how resting-state functional connectivity and cognitive control predict symptom improvement with exposure and response prevention in adults and adolescents with obsessive compulsive disorder.

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Examining the Connection Between COVID-19 and Cognitive Deficits

Weill Cornell Medicine neuropsychology faculty receive the Neuropsychopharmacology Editors' Award for a Transformative Original Report for their paper, Frequency and Profile of Objective Cognitive Deficits in Hospitalized Patients Recovering from COVID-19.

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Crossword Puzzles Beat Computerized Games in Slowing Memory Loss

A Columbia psychiatrist conducts research that finds adults with mild cognitive decline assigned crossword puzzles demonstrated greater cognitive improvement than those who were trained on cognitive video games.

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Pediatrics, Psychiatry

Preventing Suicide on a Worldwide Scale

At Columbia, Dr. Kelly Posner, a leading scientist in the development of the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale, shares the message about the impact of this simple, yet potent screening tool.

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Cannabis Use Disorder Rising Significantly During Pregnancy

Columbia and Weill Cornell Medicine researchers report their findings in JAMA Psychiatry that cannabis use disorders increased 150 percent in prenatal hospitalizations from 2010 to 2018.

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Expanding Research in Personalized Treatments for Depression

Weill Cornell Medicine receives a three-year grant to further develop targeted approaches, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, for the treatment of refractory depression.

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Weathering the Storm: Emotion Regulation App Aids in Suicide Prevention

Weill Cornell Medicine psychologists and psychiatrists develop a psychosocial intervention for middle-aged and older adults at high suicidal risk to bring therapy to them outside of formal therapy sessions.

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Exploring the Potential of Psychedelic Therapy to Improve Depressive Symptoms

Columbia psychiatrists take part in a phase 2b clinical trial of psilocybin – a psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms.

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Mobile Depression App Provides Point-of-Care Treatment Algorithms

Columbia Psychiatry faculty have developed an interactive smartphone application to strengthen clinicians’ ability to provide outpatient mental health services.

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Stephen Kanne, PhD Brings Innovative Approaches to Autism Care at CADB

Spearheaded by Stephen M. Kanne, PhD, the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain blends world-class psychiatry and autism expertise to bring the latest evidence-based approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of ASD.

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‘Anxiety Cells’ Identified in the Brain’s Hippocampus

Neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco, have found in mice that certain brain cells in the hippocampus fire when the animal is anxious, triggering anxiety-related behaviors.

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Opioid Overdose Survivors Face Higher Death Rate

Researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia have found opioid overdose survivors are at great risk of dying from respiratory diseases, viral hepatitis, and suicide in the year after an overdose, according to a report published in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Online Databases: A Prescription for the Opioid Epidemic

As drug overdoses continue to rise in the United States, doctors and policymakers search for solutions to stem the tide of opioid-related deaths. Researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell are studying the efficacy of statewide online databases to track prescriptions.

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Defining Unique Subtypes in Depression

In a quest to better define depression diagnosis, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell used fMRI brain scans to identify unique subtypes of depression. The study may help physicians to better diagnose depression subtypes and determine which patients would benefit from TMS.

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The Role of Ketamine in Treatment-Resistant Depression

It is estimated that by 2030 depressive illness will account for more disability than any other illness worldwide. Investigators at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia are studying the use of ketamine as a treatment option for reducing suicidal thoughts in patients with refractory depression.

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