Volunteer Program

Photo of a group of volunteers reading paperworkThe volunteer program at Columbia University Department of Psychiatry is service-oriented. Volunteers work in alliance with employees in various departments. They are an essential part of the staff.

The Columbia University Department of Psychiatry is mainly a research organization; therefore, most of our volunteers choose to work on our many research studies.

Volunteer tasks vary from clerical work to patient or research subject contact, usually observing interviews performed by our researchers.

Volunteers accepted for placement must provide a Physical Health History and must attend an orientation.


All interested individuals should set up an interview.


Matt Gold
Coordinator, Volunteer Division

New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032