Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Penn Psychosis Evaluation and Recovery Center (Penn PERC)

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Initial Evaluation


A comprehensive behavioral evaluation by a neuropsychiatrist with special expertise in early psychosis will assess clinical status and functioning and developmental history. The interview and assessment typically last 2 hours, and consist of evaluation and examination of the patient, interview of the family, a review of previous records, and a detailed review of prior treatments and responses to the treatments. A standard physical and neurological examination will be performed, and blood work testing to detect medical disorders that may produce behavioral symptoms will be offered.


Patients will work with a neuropsychologist who will perform a comprehensive neuropsychological testing that will assist in diagnostic assessment, define specific cognitive weaknesses and strengths, and recommend individualized treatment and vocational rehabilitation. A “Behavioral Image” will also be generated for each person, to facilitate comprehension of the test results.

Radiology and Electrophysiology

Structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will evaluate for structural abnormalities and connectivity of the brain, and functional MRI will be performed to evaluate resting state connectivity and response to neurocognitive probes. Electroencephalogram (EEG) will examine resting function and brain processing of information.

Results of the evaluation will be discussed with the patient, family and, if applicable, communicated to the treating physician.