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Antidepressant Medication Study for Older Adults with Depression

Persistent Sadness…

            Loss of Interests and Pleasure…

                        Low Energy or Sleeplessness…

                                    Are Just Some Signs of Depression

The Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry is conducting a research study of depression in adults 60 and older using an FDA-approved antidepressant medication.

Eligible individuals who agree to participate will. . .

  • receive free study medication and physician visits,
  • take part in clinical interviews,
  • receive two MRI scans, and
  • be compensated up to $340 for completing the entire three month study.

All information is confidential.

To learn more, please call: (800) NYP-1902 or 914-997-4331

The Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry
New York-Presbyterian/Westchester Division
21 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY 10605

Protocol # 1205012392

Psychotherapy Research Study

Weill Cornell Medical College is conducting a research study comparing two talk therapies for depressed individuals 60 years and older. The study is voluntary and will not influence your regular medical care.

A free screening will determine if you meet research eligibility criteria. Eligible participants will receive:

  • 9 weekly sessions with a social worker who will either advise on ways to deal with your problems or offer ways to encourage you to engage in physical and social activities you find rewarding. These sessions will be free of charge.
  • A series of assessments by a study research assistant taking place over a period of 6 months. These assessments can be completed over the phone or in our NYC or White Plains offices. You will be compensated for each assessment.

If you are interested in this research study or have any questions, please call: (914) 997-4331

Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry
NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division
21 Bloomingdale Road Unit 7 South
White Plains, NY 10605

Protocol # 1401014679A001

 

A Research Study for Depressed Stroke Survivors

Weill Cornell Medical College, NewYork-Presbyterian, and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital are conducting a research study of a home-based talk therapy for individuals 50 years of age and older, who have had a stroke and now are depressed. This study is voluntary and will not influence your regular medical care. A free screening will determine if you meet research criteria to enter the study.

Participants will receive:

  • 14 talk-therapy sessions (45 minutes each) over one year, with a therapist who will either advise you how to cope with your problems or offer education related to your problems. Therapy sessions are free of charge. 

  • 6 free research interviews (1-2 hours each) over one year, conducted by a research assistant. You will be compensated for each interview ($15 for the 1 hour interviews, and $30 for the 2 hour interviews). 

  • Therapy sessions and research interview assessments take place in your home – you are not required to travel in order to participate in this study.

If you are interested in this study, or have any questions, please contact:


Dr. Victoria Wilkins
Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry 


Phone: (914) 997-4331 or (914)-682-5411 Email: vmw2001@med.cornell.edu 
  

Protocol #0811010074/BRC 396 


 

The PATH-MCI Study for Older Adults with Depression and Memory Problems

The Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry is currently conducting the PATH-MCI Study, a six month research study supported by the National Institute on Aging investigating two talk therapies for treating depression in older adults with memory or other thinking problems.

  • Are you between the ages of 60 and 85 years?
  • Do you feel fatigue, loss of energy, sad, discouraged, or have you lost interest in doing things?
  • Do you experience memory or other thinking difficulties?
  • Are you currently having difficulty doing activities that you were previously doing?
  • Do you feel you could use new coping strategies to help with your problems?

All study participants will receive talking therapy in our office in White Plain or Manhattan:         

  • A social worker will provide 15 psychotherapy sessions: 12 weekly sessions in the first 3 months and 3 monthly booster sessions at 4th, 5th and 6th month. 
  • The social worker will help you address the challenges or difficulties you are currently facing.
  • Each session lasts approximately one hour.
  • Study participants will be compensated for each research interview.

The study is currently recruiting in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester County.

For more information about the PATH study, please call: Joanna Pantelides, (914) 682-9100 ext. 2903

The Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
425 East 61st Street
New York, NY  10021

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NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division
21 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY  10605 

IRB Protocol #1603017114

 

Study for Negative Thoughts in Middle-Aged and Older Adults

The Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry is currently conducting a six month research study investigating different talking therapies for treating depression in older adults with negative thoughts about life, and difficulties in planning and organizing.

  • Are you 50 or older?
  • Do you feel fatigue, loss of energy, sad, discouraged, or have you lost interest in doing things?
  • Do you have difficulties in dealing with life stressors or in enjoying your everyday life?
  • Are you currently having difficulty doing activities that you were previously doing?

 All study participants will receive talking therapy in our office in White Plain or Manhattan:

  • A therapist will see you once a week for 12 weeks to help improve your negative thoughts, functioning and mood.
  • The therapist will help you address the challenges or difficulties you are currently facing.
  • Each session lasts about one hour. 
  • Study participants will also be compensated for each research interview.

The study is currently recruiting in Manhattan,  Bronx, Queens, and Westchester Counties.

For more information about the PATH-SP study, please call: Elizabeth Arslanoglou, (914) 682-9100 ext. 2491

The Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
425 East 61st Street
New York, NY  10021

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NewYork-Presbyterian/Westhcester Division
21 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY  10605
IRB Protocol #1402014762

  

The PATH for Pain Study for Older Adults with Chronic Pain and Negative Emotions

The Irving Sherwood Wright Center on Aging is currently conducting the PATH for Pain Study, a six-month research study supported by Pfizer, investigating if a specialized program involving talk therapy is effective in alleviating depression and improving pain and physical functioning in older adults who suffer with chronic pain.

  • Are you 60-89 years old and receive healthcare at the Wright Center on Aging?
  • Do you want to better manage your chronic pain and improve your mood?

All study participants meet with a researcher 4 times over a period of about 24 weeks to complete questionnaires and paper and pencil tasks evaluating your pain, mood, and thinking abilities.

  • Study participants will be compensated $20 for each of the 4 research interviews

Some study participants will receive a non-drug intervention (talk therapy), which will take place at the Irving Sherwood Wright Center on Aging. If selected for talk therapy:  

  • You will meet with a social worker once a week for 8 weeks to discuss ways to improve your functioning and your mood.
  • You may choose to have a study partner (family member, companion, home health aide) to participate in the study with you. The therapist will work with you and your study partner to address the challenges or difficulties you are currently facing.
  • Each therapy session lasts about one hour. 

This study is currently recruiting; for more information about the PATH for Pain study, please call:

Emily Petti, 212-746-7317Research Assistant, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

 IRB Protocol #1509016564

 

 

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