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New York State Psychiatric Institute

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New York State Psychiatric Institute is seeking Spanish Translation Volunteers

We are in need of people who can translate Spanish!!

As you are translating, you will get firsthand experience in observing individual, group and family therapy. This is an invaluable opportunity to be in the thick of the workings on an inpatient psychiatric unit working alongside industry professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, nutritionists and others.

Safety is first so you will be well supervised and never put in any compromising positions. Many of our former translators have come from various undergraduate and graduate programs wanting the experience of observing and volunteering on a real inpatient unit.

From their experience here, along with having obtained an excellent reference, they have gone on to their chosen fields within psychiatry or psychology. These include, medical school, doctoral psychology programs, master’s in social work, occupational therapy and mental health counseling, among others.

We are looking for volunteers who are able to work weekdays during any regular working hours. We accommodate a schedule that you create. We enjoy having volunteers and create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Director of Volunteer Services, Wardell Duncan, at 646.774.8252 Wardell.duncan@nyspi.colunmbia.edu.

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About New York State Psychiatric Institute


1051, new york, NY 10032, US

Mission Statement

Since its inception, NYSPI has been at the forefront of psychiatry, making major contributions to the clinical care and understanding of the mentally ill. Among these accomplishments are: the discovery of the spirochaetal origin of general paresis, the earliest use of lithium in the United States, the first data describing a genetic predisposition to schizophrenia, leadership in the discovery of the genes causing Huntington's and Wilson's disease, and the development of DSM-III, DSM III-R and DSM-IV. Through the years, distinguished figures in American psychiatry have served as directors of the Psychiatric Institute, including Drs. Ira Van Gieson, Adolph Meyer, August Hoch, Lawrence Kolb, Edward Sachar and Herbert Pardes. It is now led by a noted academic psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman. The Institute is the flagship for the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, for which it is the primary location of research and educational activities.


The Volunteer Services program within the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry is located at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Because NYSPI’s primary mission is psychiatric research, most volunteers are assigned to assist the Institute’s researchers. Tasks range from clerical and administrative responsibilities, including data management, to human research subject contact, observing testing and interviews.

Health & Medicine


We'll work with your schedule.


1051 Riverside DriveNew York, NY 10032



  • Spanish




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Time is flexible but you will need to be able to work during regular business hours.
  • Volunteer Registration

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