There are a wide variety of ongoing clinical trials in the department, in disorders ranging from depression to schizophrenia to borderline personality disorder, generally at no cost to the patient.
In addition to the wide range of clinical services it provides, the department runs over a dozen research clinics. These clinics provide treatment in the context of specialized research projects.
Research staff and faculty of the de- partment are organized in various divi- sions, each with a chief. Over 500 ongoing externally-funded studies with budgets totaling $86 million, most supported by the federal government.
The function of Centers in the Department of Psychiatry is to foster research on a given disorder or population, utilizing relevant expertise from the Academic Divisions.
Education is a high priority for any university, but at Columbia, it is center stage. For example, research fellows have the opportunity to learn methodology and analytical skills from experienced Faculty with the highest caliber of expertise.
Faculty members of the Columbia Department of Psychiatry run a wide variety of Research Laboratories. Columbia Psychiatry faculty members are recognized as world leaders in the neurosciences and related disciplines, and have made major advances in understanding the biology of the mind.