January 09, 2007

New Early Psychosis / Schizophrenia Evaluation Site Opens in New York City

A new early schizophrenia evaluation and treatment center has opened in New York city. Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Corcoran and her team. Schizophrenia research has consistently demonstrated that the sooner that psychosis and schizophrenia are treated, the better the outcome. If you or a family member are at high risk of schizophrenia (i.e., have a parent who has schizophrenia or a strong family history of schizophrenia) we recommend you contact the center. See below for more information. For a worldwide list of early evaluation and treatment centers for schizophrenia click here.

The Center of Prevention & Evaluation (COPE) – Columbia University Department of Psychiatry/ New York State Psychiatric Institute  

The Center of Prevention & Evaluation (COPE) is a clinical research program for young people (ages 12-25) who are at elevated risk for psychosis, as compared with peers. Increased risk may be related to genetic risk (having an ill family member) and/or having symptoms, such as changes in perception, unusual thoughts, odd behavior, and social withdrawal. Other symptoms may include: loss of interest or lack of motivation, trouble thinking clearly, changes in sleeping or eating patterns, less concern with appearance, feeling suspicious of others, or feeling like things are unreal.

COPE offers the following:
  • Clinical evaluation and consultation.
  • Individual psychotherapy.
  • Support and social groups.
  • Family support and education.
  • Medication evaluation and treatment to reduce symptoms.  
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. The research component largely consists of interviews, questionnaires, and cognitive tests. The COPE program is affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center and is located in upper Manhattan. If you have any questions or to schedule a consultation, please contact us.  

For more information visit the web site: The Center of Prevention & Evaluation (COPE)

Tel.: (212) 543-5874

Address: 4th Floor, Room 4820
New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive
New York , NY 10032
See Map to The Center of Prevention and Evaluation (COPE)

Related Reading: Uncovering an Epidemic - Screening for Mental Illness in Teens


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