The Center of Prevention & Evaluation (COPE) is an outpatient research program for teenagers and young adults experiencing changes in thoughts and feelings that have led to problems in relationships, school or work. Our research focuses on the causes and course of these symptoms. Individualized treatment is provided.
COPE was developed to provide a setting for the evaluation and treatment of prodromal symptoms. These are symptoms which develop relatively early in life (from childhood to young adulthood) and which resemble symptoms found in some psychiatric disorders, but occur in individuals who do not have a definite psychiatric illness. In some individuals, these symptoms may represent the early stages of a disorder which will develop over time, while in others the symptoms seem to fade with time or remain mild, and no psychiatric illness develops.
Examples of prodromal symptoms include:
COPE has three primary goals, reflecting our focus on both research and clinical treatment. Research goals include:
We believe that this work will help in the development of more specific and targeted treatments to reduce prodromal symptoms and to prevent the development of psychiatric disorders in those individuals at highest risk.
While working to understand the meaning of prodromal symptoms, the clinicians at COPE (psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers) will provide a range of treatment options for individuals who are appropriate for and desiring of treatment. Depending upon individual need, these can include:
We recognize that changes in thoughts and feelings can be very confusing and even frightening. Our research clinic provides an opportunity for young people and their families to discuss these problems with mental health professionals and learn how to handle these upsetting changes.
All clinical services (with the exception of any medications that may be prescribed) are provided for up to 2 years and are free of charge for participants in research.
All services are confidential.
New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive
Fourth Floor, Rooms 4800, 4804, 4808, 4817, 4818
Ragy Girgis, MD
Gary Brucato, PhD
Kelly Gill, MA
Winnie Leung, PhD
You may be eligible for participation in the COPE clinic if you are between the ages of 14 and 30 and are experiencing changes in thinking and behavior which may include:
Call (646) 774-5232 for more information about the clinic and to schedule an evaluation. We may ask about your interest in the program, and problems for which you are seeking help.
All evaluations and treatment (with the exception of medication) are provided free of charge.