I’m thinking about taking part in a research study, what should I know?

 

If you are thinking about taking part in a research study, you should know that all research done here at the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute has been reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (the "IRB"). Our IRB is a committee of professionals and lay members with expertise in science, medicine, patient care, law, religion, and ethics. We are responsible for assuring that research with patients or other individuals meets the highest ethical and safety standards and follows all Federal and State rules and requirements for research. We are of diverse background and include members of the community, members of patient advocacy organizations, and people who have personal experience with mental illness.

The New York State Psychiatric Institute ("PI") is the oldest and one of the most highly regarded psychiatry research centers in the United States. Members of the IRB volunteer their time to support PI's efforts to improve the understanding and treatment of mental illness and related problems by helping ensure that your participation in research respects your rights, needs and expectations.

  • Understanding the process of research participation.
  • Questions to consider when thinking about research participation.

Research done here at the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute has been reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (the "IRB"). Our IRB is a committee of professionals and lay members with expertise in science, medicine, patient care, law, religion, and ethics. We are responsible for assuring that research with patients or other individuals meets the highest ethical and safety standards and follows all Federal and State rules and requirements for research.

For your convenience, here are some questions to consider when thinking about research participation:

  • Who will see my records?

  • How do I access Office 365 e-mail?

  • Who will answer my questions?

  • Why should I volunteer for a research study?

  • What is informed consent?

  • Are there benefits to being in a research study?

  • Are there risks or side effects in a research study?

  • What questions should I ask before I agree to take part in a research study?