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The Children in the Community study has attracted the active participation of a large number of professionals for a quarter century. The principal investigators are Drs. Patricia Cohen and Judith S. Brook. Listed below are the current investigators, staff and persons affiliated in the past.
Patricia Cohen, Ph. D. Principal Investigator: Patricia Cohen is Research Scientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Professor of Public Health (Epidemiology) in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia University School of Public Health. Her professional career began with a degree in social psychology and a special interest in statistics and methodology. A textbook, Multiple Regression/ Correlation for the Behavioral Sciences (3rd edition), written with her husband Jacob Cohen, Stephen West and Leona Aiken, is widely used. Happily, her interests are nearly as broad as required for this massive study that covers so many ages and issues. She is Co-Director of the Columbia University Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program.
Judith S. Brook, Ed.D. Principal Investigator: Judith S. Brook is at New York University School of Medicine. Her background in child development, including her authorship on a revision of Jersild’s classic text on The Psychology of Adolescence, has stood her in good stead in this study. She has been funded as a Research Scientist by the National Institute on Drug Abuse for many years, and is a prominent national and international expert on problems of substance use and abuse in young people.  
Stephanie Kasen, Ph. D. Co - Principal Investigator: Stephanie Kasen is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a Research Scientist V at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She has been with the Children in the Community study since 1982 and is Co-Principal Investigator of the study. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals including the American Journal of Psychiatry, the American Journal of Public Health, Archives of General Psychiatry, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Science. Her areas of interest include the course of depression and other disorders across child to adult transition; the impact of childhood risk on adult mental health status; and, more recently, associations among social roles, personality, and physical and mental health in women
Jeffrey Johnson, Ph.D. Co - Investigator: Jeffrey Johnson is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and a Research Scientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute. He has published more than 70 research articles in journals, including Science, JAMAArchives of General Psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of Abnormal Psychiatry. His major research areas of interest are the psychiatric epidemiology of depression, eating, personality and substance use disorders, and the association between childhood adversities and risk for the development of mental disorders.
Henian Chen, M.D., Ph.D. Co - Investigator: Henian Chen received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Biostatistics in China. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University School of Public Health and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a Research Scientist at New York Psychiatric Institute. His research interests include multilevel growth modeling, taxon analysis, psychiatric epidemiology and statistical methods, and qualtity of life issues.
Thomas Crawford, Ph.D. Co - Investigator: Thomas Crawford, a research scientist at NYSPI, is interested in the development, course, and treatment of personality disorders in adolescence and early adulthood. Also a clinical psychologist, he is in private practice in Manhattan.
Deidre Anglin, Ph. D. Collarborating investigator: Deidre Anglin received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2003 from Fordham University and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology at Columbia University in 2006. She joined the Children in the Community Study as an Associate Research Scientist in Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry in 2006. Her main interests include racial disparities in patterns of mental health treatment-seeking and in the epidemiology of severe psychiatric disorders.
Claudia Hartmark Field Director: Claudia Hartmark began her work on this research in 1975 as an interviewer for the original study while she was a student in sociology at the University of Albany. Upon the completion of her studies, she became field supervisor in 1983, and has continued on staff since then. The position combines her interest in child and family studies, and the development of research procedures and interviewing techniques to insure good data collection.
Kathy Gordon Office Manager: Kathy Gordon has extensive experience in program implementation and administration with varied populations including physically handicapped, geriatric, mentally retarded, children and teens. She is the Web site developer and administrator and produces graphics for presentations and publications.

Current Collaborators

Kathy Berenson

Kathy Berenson received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at New York University. Her research interests include the influence of past experiences and contextual factors on interpersonal patterns. She is a Research Scientist in Psychology at Columbia University.

David W. Brook, M.D.

David W. Brook is Professor of Community & Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. An addiction psychiatrist, his research is focused on the etiology of substance and risk behavior.

Miriam Ehrensaft, Ph.D.

Miriam Ehrensaft received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1996. She joined the CIC study in 1999. Her research interests include the relationship between developmental psychopathology and violence in romantic relationships; sex differences in the development of conduct disorder; child maltreatment and parenting behaviors.

Francis McMahon

Francis McMahon received his M.D. and post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He subsequently joined the faculty in 1993. In 1998, he became Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago, where he also served as medical director of the Electroconvulsive Therapy clinic. In 2002, he came to the National Institute of Mental Health to establish a new Genetics Unit within the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program. DNA samples currently being collected from the CIC subjects will be analyzed at the laboratory of this unit.

Daniel Pine, M.D.

Before moving to NIMH, Daniel Pine was Research Psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University. His special interests include the biological aspects of anxiety and other disorders in children.

Joel R. Sneed

Joel Sneed received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2002. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow in mental health statistics at New York University. Dr. Sneed's research interests include the longitudinal stability and change of personality, identity development throughout the lifespan, identity processing in older adulthood, and statistical techniques in the analysis of change.

Greta Winograd

Greta Winograd is a postdoctoral fellow in the Psychiatic Epidemiology Training Program, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. She received her Ph. D. in educational psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2005, where she currently serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor. Her current research focuses on mental health service utilization and the relationship between symptoms of personality disorder and levels of impairment.

Collaborating colleagues, former staff or students with current affiliation

David Bernstein, Ph.D.   Department of Psychology, Fordham University

Alan Brown, M.D.  New York State Psychiatric Institute and Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

Jocelyn Brown, M.D., M.P.H.   Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, founder and Director of the Child Advocacy Center at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Jacob Cohen, Ph.D. Department of Psychology, New York University *

Steven Finch, Ph.D.  State University of New York at Stony Brook

Michael B. First, M.D. New York State Psychiatric Institute, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

Mark Garcia, Ph.D.   Columbia University *

Ann S. Gordon   Mt. Sinai School of Medicine *

Diana Gurley, Ph.D.  Denver University

Shirley Jenkins DSW  School of Social Word, Columbia University *

James Johnson, Ph.D.   Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University *

Leonard S. Kogan, Ph.D.   City University of New York *

Selma A. Lewis, Ph.D.

Jason Liu, M.D. Elmhurst Hospital, New York

Donald Mandell  Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene

Patricia O'Connor, Ph.D. Russell Sage College

John Oldham, M.D. Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Acting Chairperson, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

Suzanne Salzinger, Ph.D. New York State Psychiatric Institute and Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

Andrew E. Skodol, M.D.  Deputy Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

Mary Schwab-Stone, M.D. School of Medicine, Yale University

Cheryl Slomkowski, Ph.D.   University of Rhode Island

Elmer Struening, Ph.D.   New York State Psychiatric Institute and Division of Epidemiology, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia        University

Maria Tejerina-Allen, Ph. D. Murcia University, Murcia, Spain

Carmen Noemi Velez, Ph.D.    Dept of Epidemiology, University of Puerto Rico

Barry Wagner, Ph.D.  Dept of Psychology, Catholic University

Martin Whiteman, Ph.D.   (Emeritus), School of Social Work, Columbia University

Ping Wu, Ph.D. New York State Psychiatric Institute and  Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

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