Columbia University Medical Center
Ranked #1 in Psychiatry
U.S. News & World Report
Ranked #1 in Research Funding
National Institutes of Health
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell


Myrna M. Weissman, PhD, Chief


The Division of Epidemiology was established on July 1, 2007 as a consolidation of several existing divisions in epidemiology within the New York State Psychiatry Institute. The research mission involves studying the risk of psychiatric disorders associated with genetic, brain, social and environmental factors; developing interventions to reduce these risks and understanding the delivery of health care, using health services research.

Collaborations in translational epidemiology – integrating epidemiology with the newest methods from genetics, imaging, and neuroscience – as well as Global Mental Health are the focus of several new projects.

The Division is organized into four related areas: 1) genetics/birth cohorts/brain imaging, 2) epidemiology/health services, 3) prevention/therapeutics, and 4) global mental health. Core resource support is available to all members in administration, data management, subject tracking, and biostatistics.

In order to carry out these diverse activities, members of the Division include faculty from many disciplines, e.g. clinical psychiatry, epidemiology, statistics, genetics, engineering, as well as post-doctoral fellows and graduate students from many departments and numerous collaborations across disciplines.

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