Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Neuropsychiatry Section

Neuropsychiatry Section, Department of Psychiatry

Neuropsychiatry Section, Department of Psychiatry

Neuropsychiatry Section, Department of Psychiatry

Neuropsychiatry Section, Department of Psychiatry

Welcome to the Neuropsychiatry Section

The Neuropsychiatry program of the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Psychiatry is devoted to the study of brain and behavior in health and disease. By integrating methodologies we aim to advance the understanding and treatment of complex brain disorders such as schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders.

We combine clinical assessment procedures with neurobehavioral measures, neuroimaging, electrophysiology and genomics. Clinical research is linked to basic research by using animal models and biomarkers.  The research involves working with individuals and families over time to help understand changes and treatments. We are especially interested in factors that contribute to vulnerability to psychosis as well as those that add to resilience in young people.

News and Events

Penn Medicine Co-Leads $12 M NIH Grant to Study Genetics of Mental Illnesses in Deletion Syndrome Patients

PHILADELPHIA — A major international consortium co-led by Penn Medicine has received a $12 million National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) grant for a large-scale genetics study investigating why patients with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome have an increased risk of schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.

Contrasting Brain Wiring In Men And Women May Explain Gender Differences

Dec 3, 2013. A Study by the BBL and collegues in Radiology has shown that male and female brains are wired differently. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the study shows that there are structural differences in male and female brains.

Neuropsychiatry Open House

JUNE 5, 2014 - The Blanche Prince and Harry Stern Memorial Symposium.

This annual educational activity is made possible through the Blanche Prince and Harry Stern Memorial Fund. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about our program, meet faculty and staff, and ask questions concerning psychosis research and treatment.  Mental health consumers and family members will find this program valuable. Psychiatrists, mental health professionals, students, social workers, and psychologists will also benefit from attending.

You may view the 2013 presentations under the “Participate in Research” link on the top left of this page.

Contact: Amy Cassidy

Neuropsychiatry Section
Programs &

Schizophrenia Research Center

Our center is devoted to the study of schizophrenia through an integration of neurobiology and treatment. In addition to schizophrenia research, the center also studies other brain and behavior relationships including sex differences, emotion, memory, olfaction, and rehabilitation.

Comprehensive Neuropsychiatry Evaluation Service

We offer comprehensive medical and psychological evaluations, including second opinions, for persons with brain-related disorders and injuries who may be experiencing mood, behavioral, and cognitive changes.

Brain Behavior Laboratory

The BBL is devoted to the study of the brain and behavior in healthy people and individuals with brain disorders through the use of behavioral measures combined with structural and functional neuroimaging.