Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Neuropsychiatry Section

Neuropsychiatry Section

Forensic Neuropsychiatry

        Director: Ruben Gur, PhD

                The Forensic Neuropsychiatry service of the Neuropsychiatry Section is dedicated to study and apply neuroscience in relation to criminal and legal domains. It conducts brain and behavior studies of children and adolescents at risk for violence or for becoming criminal offenders, individuals who have committed violent crimes, and individuals involved in litigation where understanding their brain function can be of value. We specialize in applying neurobehavioral measures combined with structural and functional neuroimaging in order to understand neural substrates of behavioral abnormalities. We have also developed methodology for lie-detection using functional MRI and are studying threat-related behaviors and systems that modulate them.