Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

How to participate in a research study in Neuropsychiatry?

Our research is currently studying how the brain influences behavior. To study the brain, we combine clinical assessment with various research techniques. We are interested in examining factors that contribute to the onset of psychosis.


To find if you qualify for one of our studies, please click here to complete our confidential online screener. This online screener is quick and easy and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

You can also call us at 267-324-6273 to complete the screener over the phone. 

*If you are under 18 – call us with your parent or guardian.


Research activities may include:

  • At least two visits at HUP (Hospital of the Univ. of Pennsylvania) scheduled at your convenience. We work seven days a week.
  • Completing a research interview with questions about a broad range of life experiences
  • Providing a small blood sample (2 tablespoons)
  • Performing computerized activities that includes memory and puzzle-like problems
  • Having an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
    • This is very safe and does not involve radiation or dye
    • An MRI takes pictures of your brain
    • Click here to watch a video of a virtual MRI
  • Having an EEG (Electroencephlography)
    • During this activity you may wear a device (like a shower cap) on your head while sitting in a chair.
    • An EEG measures the electrical activity of the brain

Participating in a research study is voluntary. Whether or not you participate in a study will have no effect on your relationship or future care with the University of Pennsylvania.

 


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