Current Projects

Alacrity Center Grant

The ALACRITY for Late- and Mid-Life Mood Disorders grant is funded through the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry of Weill Cornell has three studies that are currently funded through the ALACRITY Grant and conducted under the supervision of Dr. Jo Anne Sirey. All three ALACRITY funded studies focus on behavioral interventions for depression in older adults. These studies incorporate mobile phone technology to further support older adults. The ALACRITY funded studies work to meet older adults where they receive care: in primary care settings, senior centers, and social work agencies.  

Elder Abuse

Providing Options to Elderly Clients together and Homebound Mental Health Services (PAC HB)


Providing Options to Elderly Clients together and Homebound Mental Health Services (PAC HB) combines elder abuse services with services for homebound older adults in order to serve a larger number of older adults. Read more


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Providing Options To Elderly Clients Together (PROTECT)¹ is an ALACRITY funded intervention designed by Dr. Jo Anne Sirey.

This evidence based intervention focuses on supporting older adults who have experienced elder abuse and are exhibiting symptoms of depression. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic we began to deliver the PROTECT intervention virtually and study the effectiveness of this modality. The outcome of this research can help us better understand how to best serve older adults and expand service delivery for those who need it. Read more

1. PROTECT is a proprietary intervention developed by our PI Dr. Jo Anne Sirey. For more information about PROTECT, please email Dr. Sirey at or Clare Culver at

Completed Projects

Sandy Mobilization, Assessment, Referral and Treatment for Mental Health (SMART-MH) focused on providing community outreach following Hurricane Sandy. This project was completed through collaboration with the New York City Department for the Aging. Read more

Open Door is an engagement intervention that was developed and tested by Dr. Sirey in Westchester County and the Bronx NY. This intervention was completed with the support of with the support of the National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH079265). Read more

Treatment Initiation Program (TIP) is a psychological intervention that was developed by Dr. Sirey and tested with funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH087562) and in collaboration with Dr. Helen Kales at University of Michigan. Read more

Community Projects

Do More, Feel Better

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Feeling blue? Do More and Feel Better!

The Sirey Lab is currently collaborating with New York City Senior Centers to combat loneliness and low mood with a free depression treatment.

¡Ahora también ofrecemos este tratamiento en español! Lea más 

Work once a week with a clinician or peer coach to help increase rewarding and pleasurable activities. Eligible participants receive compensation for their time.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for any further information! 

Call the study team at our toll-free number: 

(844)-333-3579 / ext.714 or ext. 720, 

(914)-507-7672 (para español) to talk to Victoria

Or email us at:

Trio For Successful Aging

Senior Center Members
Trio strives for the successful aging of the older aults of New York City

TRIO is carried out with the support of the New York City Department for the Aging in more than 20 community senior centers throughout the city of New York.

Trio staff members works with senior centers to develop activities and workshops that embrace the Trio theme: the importance of health, mental health, and social support together to ensure a better quality of life for NYC’s older adults.

TRIO clinicians provide services in English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, and Cantonese.

Find out if your center is part of this program! 

Call us at: 844-999-8746 (TRIO)

Current Research Funding

The Sirey Team is grateful to have the opportunity to receive funding from various grants and collaborations.

Weill Cornell Medicine Sirey Lab 425 East 61st Street, PH 1308 New York, NY 10065 Phone: 914-682-5453