Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Why Participate in Research?


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.


Why are research subjects important?

Research is a way to describe, examine or explain a phenomenon of interest.  Research also seeks to answer questions or solve a specific problem.  Through research doctors at the Neuropsychiatry Section aim to learn more about the brain and how it influences behavior. 

The goal of research is to share the information learned by the end of the study with other doctors or researchers.  Sometimes this information is shared through articles written in a science journal or by providing doctors and researchers access to study information in a secure, anonymous database.

Our research studies do not offer direct benefits to you on the day you volunteer.  The research studies we conduct are designed to help others in the future by learning new ways to provide new or better treatment to those with a psychotic disorder.

What is a human research subject?

An individual about whom a researcher obtains:

  • data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or
  • identifiable private information.

Private information must be individually identifiable (i.e., the identity of the subject is or may readily be ascertained by the investigator or associated with the information) in order for obtaining the information to constitute research involving human subjects.

Can I be a research subject?

In our department all research volunteers participate in the same study activities.  Both types of volunteers are vital to the success of research studies and your time and commitment are valuable.

Patient Subject:
An individual with a known medical or psychiatric condition being studied.

Healthy Subject:
An individual without a medical or psychiatry condition being studied.

 

 

To find out if you qualify for one of our studies, call us at 267-324-6273 or send us an email at volunteers@lists.upenn.edu.
If you qualify and complete one of our studies you will receive payment for your time and travel.

Learn more about our studies here.


To request information on any of our clinical services, please call 215-662-2826.

Virtual MRI: Click to see a video of an MRI session. Thanks to Center for Functional Neuroimaging.


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