Social Psychiatry Research Institute



About SPRI

About Social Psychiatry Research Institute

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Having worked on clinical trials for many years, Dr. Ari Kiev envisioned a research institute dedicated to finding safer and faster acting medications, while producing fewer side effects. With this vision in mind, Dr. Kiev founded the Social Psychiatry Research Institute in 1970 in order to conduct some of the earliest clinical trials for new medications for depression and anxiety. Over the past thirty five years SPRI has been integral in researching many new medications that have been developed for psychiatry. Over time, SPRI expanded beyond New York City, organizing and managing clinical trials in Europe and India, with future plans to help with the development of clinical trials in China as well.

Principal Investigators:
Ari Kiev, M.D. is the founder and President of SPRI Clinical Trials. Dr. Kiev is a graduate of Harvard College, Cornell Medical College, and New York Law School. He has been a pioneer in the field of psychopharmacology, developing medications for psychiatry since 1964. Over the years, Dr. Kiev has been involved in more than 250 clinical trials. Dr. Kiev is the author of over 18 books, including the classics, A Strategy for Daily Living and Recovery from Depression.

Nick Vatakis, M.D. is the Medical Director of SPRI Clinical Trials. He has served on the teaching faculty at New York University. He has participated in over 150 clinical trials for the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, insomnia, fibromyalgia, PMDD, Alzheimer’s disease, stuttering and other areas of mental health. He has consulted for numerous pharmaceutical companies regarding protocol development and placebo response. He also has a private practice where he treats patients utilizing psychopharmacology, dynamic psychotherapy and coaching.

Our Staff:
Our team consists of Clinical Research Coordinators who work closely with the Principal Investigators on our studies. All of our staff have backgrounds in psychology and medicine and are trained to follow Good Clinical Practice guidelines and FDA regulations.



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