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Our research team is involved in numerous studies to determine causes, identify predictors, and develop treatments for serious mental illness in veterans. For information about faculty members' current and past research portfolios, please click on the faculty names. 

René Kahn, MD, PhD, Director

Dr. Kahn is principal investigator on the projects below.

Combined Psychiatry Residency and PhD Training at Mount Sinai (2018-2023). Funding source: NIH/NIMH.

Why Some Children Thrive and Others Don’t (2012-2022). Funding source: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

Using the RDoC Approach to Understand Thought Disorder: A Linguistic Corpus-Based Approach to Understand Psychosis (2018-2020). Funding source: NIMH.

Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) Psychiatric Ratings using Intermediate Stratified Markers (2016-2019). Funding source: IMI.

PSYSCAN: Translating Neuroimaging Findings for Research Into Clinical Practice (2014-2019). Funding source: European Commission.

Marianne Goodman, MD, Deputy Director

Dr. Goodman is principal investigator on the projects below.

Group ("Project Life Force") vs. Individual Suicide Safety Planning RCT (2018-2023)
. Funding source: VA.

Pilot Study of Open Label, Intranasal Ketamine for Suicidal Ideation in Veterans (2019-2021). Funding source: VA.

The Needs of Adult Children Regarding a Suicide Attempt of the Veteran Parent: A Qualitative Study (2018-2020). Funding source: VA.

Safer: A Brief Intervention Involving Family Members in Suicide Safety Planning (2017-2020).
Funding source: VA.

Suicide Safety Planning Group Treatment: "Project Life Force" (2015-2018). Funding source: VA.


Dr. Goodman is a local site investigator on the project below.

Using Telehealth to Improve Outcomes in Veterans at Risk for Suicide (2018-2020). Funding source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

David Kimhy, PhD, Director of Education

Dr. Kimhy is principal investigator on the projects below.

Optimizing and Personalizing Interventions for Schizophrenia Across the LifeSpan (2018-2022). Funding source: NIMH.

Improving Cognition via Exercise in Schizophrenia(2017-2021). Funding source: NIMH.

The Influence of Aerobic Exercise on Cognitive Functioning in Schizophrenia (2012-2015). Funding source: NIMH.

Psychosis in Schizophrenia: Mechanisms of Recovery(2007-2012). Funding source: NIMH.

The Influence of Arousal on Paranoia in Schizophrenia: An Experience Sampling Study (2009-2011). Funding source: NIMH. 


Dr. Kimhy is co- investigator on the projects below.

Hippocampal Inflammation as a Pathophysiology for Psychosis (2017-2022). Funding source: NIMH.

Using the RDoC to Understand Thought Disorder: A Linguistic Corpus-Based Approach (2018-2021). Funding source: NIMH.

Thought Disorder and Social Cognition in Clinical Risk States for Schizophrenia (2017-2021). Funding source: NIMH.

Yulia Landa, PsyD, MS, Fellowship Director

Dr. Landa is principal investigator on the projects below.

Prevention of Symptoms and Psychosis through Education and Cognitive Therapy (ProSPECT) (2018-2022). Funding source: SAMHSA

Early Stage Identification and Engagement to Reduce Duration of Untreated Psychosis (EaSIE) (2017-2020). Funding source: NIMH.

Missouri System of Care Community Enhancement for Early Signs and Symptoms (SOC-SESS) (2016-2020). Funding source: SAMHSA.

Group and Family Based CBT for Youth at Risk for Psychosis: Virtual Patient-Avatar to Assist Caregiver (2014-2020). Funding source: Sidney R. Baer Jr. Foundation Award

Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, Director of Clinical and Health Services Research

Dr. Dixon is principal investigator on the projects below.

OnTrackChile for First Episode Psychosis (2018-2023). Funding source: NIMH.

Web‐Based Therapist Training on Complicated Grief (2019-2021). Funding source: NIMH.

OnTrack: An Online Role-Playing Game (2017-2020). Funding source: NIMH.

VISN 5 MIRECC (2016-2020). Funding source: VA Maryland Health Center.

OnTrack>An Online Role-Playing Game(2014-2020). Funding source: NIMH.

ACT Training (2009-2020). Funding source: NYS-OMH.

Center for Practice Innovations (2007-2020). Funding source: NYS-OMH.

OnTrackNY with the Option of Social Network Meetings, Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health

Care (2017-2019). Funding source: Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

IPA for VISN 3 MIRECC (2016-2019). Funding source: JJP VA Medical Center.

Improving Life Trajectories for Youth With Early Psychosis(2014-2019). Funding source: SAMHSA.


Dr. Dixon is collaborator, co-investigator, co-mentor, or consultant on the projects below.

An Information tecHnology approach to implEmenting depression treAtment in cardiac patienTs (iHeart Trial) (2018-2023). Funding source: NHLBI.

PrOSPECT: Prevention of Symptoms and Psychosis Through Education and Cognitive Therapy (2018-2022). Funding source: SAMHSA.

Statistical Methods for the Assessment of Social Engagement in Psychosis Using Digital

Technologies (2018-2022). Funding source: NIMH.

Preventing Postpartum Depression: A Dyadic Approach adjunctive to Obstetric Care (2017-2022). Funding source: NIH.

The Neurobiology of Violence in a Psychosis-Risk Cohort (2017-2022). Funding source: NIMH.

Early Intervention Mental Health Demonstration Study, Social Security Administration (2016-2022). Funding source: Social Security Administration.

Promoting Hope and Opportunities for Youth with Early Psychosis (2019-2021). Funding source: SAMHSA.

Does the Addition of Cognitive Remediation to Coordinated Specialty Care Service Improve Functional Outcome? (2018-2021). Funding source: NIMH.

Optimizing and Personalizing Interventions for Schizophrenia Across the Lifespan (OPAL) (2018-2021). Funding source: NIMH.

Hospital Discharge Planning and Transition to Outpatient Psychiatric Care (2016-2021). Funding source: NIMH.

Zero Suicide Implementation and Evaluation in Outpatient Mental Health Clinics (2016-2021). Funding source: NIMH.

Addressing Psychiatrist Workforce Shortages in the U.S. with Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (2017-2020). Funding source: NIMH.

Early Stage Identification and Engagement to Reduce Duration of Untreated Psychosis (EaSIE) (2017-2020). Funding source: NIMH.

Family psychoeducation for adults with psychotic disorders in Tanzania (2017-2020). Funding source: NIMH.

CSC OnDemand: An Innovative Online Learning Platform for Implementing Coordinated

Specialty Care (2016-2020). Funding source: NIMH.

Suicide Prevention Training (2014-2020). Funding source: NYS-OMH.

COD Training (2009-2020). Funding source: NYS-OMH.

A Trial of Opening Doors to Recovery for Persons with Serious Mental Illness (2017-2019). Funding source: NIMH.

Development of an Evidence-Based Evaluation for Life is Precious™: Phase II, New York Community Trust (2017-2019). Funding source: New York Community Trust.

Recovery to Practice (2014-2019). Funding source: SAMHSA via AHP.

Vahram Haroutunian, PhD, Director of Research

Cheryl Corcoran, MD

Dr. Corcoran is principal investigator on the projects below.

Using the RDOC Approach to Understand Thought Disorder: A Linguistic Corpus-Based Approach(2018-2021). Funding source: NIMH.

Thought Disorder and Social Cognition in Clinical Risk States for Schizophrenia(2017-2021). Funding source: NIMH.

Stella Dracheva, PhD

Joseph Geraci, PhD, LMHC

Dr. Geraci is principal investigator on the projects below.  

VA Veteran Cultural Competence Certification Training. Funding source: Starbucks; NY State Health Foundation.

Westchester County Drug Enhancement Court: Veteran Treatment Track and Medicated Assisted Treatment (2017-2020). Funding source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration / New York State Unified Court System.

Trained, Peer Mentorship and Veteran Support Organization Membership to Assist Transitioning Veterans: A Multi-arm, Parallel Randomized Controlled Trial (2014-2018). Funding source: David and Maureen O’Connor Foundation.

Geraci is co-investigator on the project below.

A Brief Peer-Support Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Military Life Transitions (Mil-iTransition) Following Medical and Physical Evaluation Boards. Funding source: Military Suicide Research Consortium.

Erin Hazlett, PhD

Dr. Hazlett is principal investigator on the projects below.  

CSR&D Research Career Scientist Award Application(2018-2023). Funding source: VA.

Group (“Project Life Force”) vs. Individual Suicide Safety Planning RCT (2018-2023). Funding source: VA.

Neurobiology of Affective Instability in Veterans at Low and High Risk for Suicide(2017-2021). Funding source: VA

Supplement to Neurobiology of Affective Instability in Veterans at Low and High Risk for Suicide(2019-2020). Funding source: VA.

DNA Methylation and Inflammatory Signatures with Suicide Risk and Treatment in US Veterans (2016-2020). Funding source: VA.

Supplement to Neurobiology of Affective Instability in Veterans at Low and High Risk for Suicide(2018-2019). Funding source: VA.

James Murrough, MD, PhD

Dr. Murrough is principal investigator on the projects below.  

Transdiagnostic Multimodal 7 Tesla MRI of the Locus Coeruleus in Human Pathological Anxiety(2019-2024). Funding source: NIMH.

Electroconvulsive Therapy vs. Ketamine Treatment for Antidepressant Treatment Resistant Depression (2016-2022). Role: Mount Sinai Site Principal Investigator. Funding source: PCORI.

Neuro-Immune Biotypes of Depression: Towards Pathophysiology-Based Diagnosis and Personalized Treatment (2018-2021). Funding source: Dana Foundation.

Developing Neuronal KCNQ Channel Modulators For Mood Disorders(2017-2019). Funding source: NIH/NIMH.

Inflammatory and Neurocircuit Mechanisms of Anhedonia in Human Depression(2016-2018). Funding source: NIH/NIMH.

Functional MRI Studies of Emotion in Depression and Rapid Antidepressant Response(2011-2016). Funding source: NIH/NIMH.


Dr. Murrough is co-investigator on the projects below. 

Neuroimaging of Resilience in World Trade Center Responders: A Focus on Emotional Processing, Reward and Social Cognition (2017-2021). Funding source: NIOSH.

7T MRI to reveal structural, connectomic and metabolic imaging markers for the neurobiology of depression (2016-2021). Funding source: NIH/NIMH.

Stress and atherosclerotic plaque macrophages – a systems biology approach (2016-2021). Funding source: NIH/NHLBI.

Panagiotis Roussos, MD, PhD

Dr. Roussos is principal investigator on the projects below.  

The 3D Genome in Transcriptional Regulation Across the Postnatal Life Span, With Implications for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder(2018-2023). Funding source: NIH/NIMH.

Dissecting Cis Regulation of Gene Expression in Schizophrenia(2013-2022). Funding source: NIH/VA.

Integrated Multiscale Networks in Schizophrenia(2016-2021). Funding source: NIH/NIMH.

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2016-2021). Funding source: National Science Foundation.

Risk Genetic Variants and Cis Regulation of Gene Expression in Bipolar Disorder(2016-2021). Funding source: NIH/NIMH.

Large-Scale Transcriptome and Epigenome Association Analysis Across Multiple Traits(2018-2020). Funding source: NIH/VA.

Towards a comprehensive Signaling Pathway Map of Parahippocampal Vulnerability in Alzheimer’s Disease(2017-2020). Funding source: National Institute on Aging/NIH.

Molecular Profiling of Schizophrenia(2016-2020). Funding source: NIH/NIMH.

Higher Order Chromatin and Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's Disease(2015-2020). Funding source: National Institute on Aging.

Multiregional Assessment of Cell Type Specific Epigenome and Transcriptional Profiling in Human Brain Tissue (2017-2019)

Philip R. Szeszko, PhD

Dr. Szeszko is co-investigator on the projects below.  

Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of the Accelerated Aging Phenotype in PTSD(2017-2022). Funding source: NIMH.

Neuroimaging Biomarkers of Resilience and Treatment Response in PTSD (2017-2020). Funding source  Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

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