Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Penn Psychosis Evaluation and Recovery Center (Penn PERC)

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About Our Team

Raquel E. Gur, MD, PhDRaquel E. Gur, MD, PhD
Karl and Linda Rickels Professor of Psychiatry
Vice Chair for Research Development
Director of the Neuropsychiatry Program
Member of University of Pennsylvania Psychiatry Department since 1975,
Secondary appointments in Radiology and Neurology
Member, NIH National Advisory Mental Health Council (2004)

Tel. (215) 662-2915
Fax. (215) 662-7903
E-mail: raquel@upenn.edu

Dr. Gur is Professor of Psychiatry Neurology and Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine where she directs the Neuropsychiatry Section and the Schizophrenia Research Center and is Vice Chair of Research Development in the Department of Psychiatry. Her combined training in Psychology, Neurology and Psychiatry has provided the tools to pursue an academic career working with basic and clinical neuroscientists to advance the understanding of schizophrenia. In directing these research endeavors, she has interacted with scientists of diverse backgrounds, conducted collaborative interdisciplinary research, mentored junior faculty and trainees, and has come to know many patients and their families.  She is a member and has served in organizations including the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the NIMH Council and the American Psychiatric Association task forces including the DSM-5 Psychosis work group. She is Past President of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and President Elect of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. NIMH has supported her research efforts and she has over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals.



 

Ruben Gur, PhD Ruben Gur, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Director of the Brain Behavior Laboratory
Member of University of Pennsylvania Psychiatry Department since 1984,
Secondary appointments in Radiology and Neurology
Member of the IRG on Clinical Neuroscience at NIH (1992-1996)

Tel. (215) 615-3604
Fax. (215) 662-7903
E-mail: gur@upenn.edu

Dr. Gur received his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, in 1970 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from Michigan State University in 1971 and 1973, respectively. He did Postdoctoral training with E.R. Hilgard at Stanford University and came to Penn as Assistant Professor in 1974. His research has been in the study of brain and behavior in healthy people and patients with brain disorders, with a special emphasis on exploiting neuroimaging as experimental probes. His work has documented sex differences, aging effects, and abnormalities in regional brain function associated with schizophrenia, affective disorders, stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders and dementia. His work has been supported by grants from the NIMH, NIH, NIA, NINDS, NSF, DOD, private foundations (Spencer, MacArthur, EJLB, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation) and industry (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Lilly, Merck).



 

Christian G. Kohler, MDChristian G. Kohler, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
Director, Neuropsychiatry
Tel: (215) 614-0161
Fax: (215) 662-7903  
Email: kohler@upenn.edu

Dr. Kohler received his doctorate in medicine from Innsbruck University, Austria, in 1985. He underwent training in psychiatry at Wright State University and neurology at the University of Cincinnati, both in Ohio. Dr. Kohler subsequently completed a neuropsychiatry fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the faculty in 1997. Dr. Kohler is the Clinical Director of Neuropsychiatry with special interest in evaluation and treatment of young persons with first onset of mental illness, and persons with behavioral problems in the setting of neurological or complex medical disorders. His research has focused on the area of emotion processing in healthy people and patients with brain disorders. His work has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, Stanley Foundation, NARSAD/Brain Behavior Research Foundation and American Epilepsy Foundation and private industry (Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis).



 

Paul Joseph Moberg, PhD Paul Joseph Moberg, PhD
Professor of Neuropsychology
Department of Psychiatry
10th Floor, Gates Building
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tel. (215) 615-3608
Fax. (215) 662-7903
E-mail: moberg@upenn.edu

Dr. Moberg received his B.A. in Psychology from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1982 and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland in 1985. He received his initial training in Neuropsychology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and subsequently obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (1990) from the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Moberg completed his Predoctoral internship at the University of Florida in Gainesville with an emphasis in Neuropsychology. He subsequently completed Postdoctoral training in Neuropsychology at the same institution. He has been a Faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine since 1991. Dr. Moberg is the Director of Clinical Services for the Brain-Behavior Laboratory and is a Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology, the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). DR. Moberg’s clinical expertise includes neuropsychological evaluation and remediation of persons with diverse brain disorders, such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, ADHD and neurodegenerative disorders. His research has focused on olfactory and gustatory function in healthy people and patients with brain disorders. His work has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, NARSAD/Brain Behavior Research Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.



 

Steven J. Siegel, MD, PhD Steven J. Siegel, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Translational Neuroscience Program
Director, Clinical Neuroscience Track
Tel: (215) 573-0278
Fax: (215) 662-7903
email:siegels@mail.med.upenn.edu

Steven Siegel received his MD and PhD in Neurobiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1996 after completing an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Colgate University in 1986. He later completed residency in Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the faculty in 2001. He is currently the Director of the Translational Neuroscience Program in Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Clinical Neurosciences Track for the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Siegel is also a practicing psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of schizophrenia with special emphasis on combination treatment with pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. His laboratory has focused on development of biodegradable long-term medication delivery systems in schizophrenia and the neurobiology of schizophrenia, autism, drug abuse and nicotine dependence using animal models. His work has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Stanley Medical Research Institute and private industry.



 

Bruce I. Turetsky, M.D.Bruce I. Turetsky, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Associate Director, Neuropsychiatry Division
Director, Neurophysiology and Brain Imaging Laboratory
Tel. (215) 615-3607
Fax. (215) 662-7903
E-mail: turetsky@upenn.edu

After completing undergraduate training in Mathematics at Queens College, City University of New York in 1971, Dr. Turetsky received a Masters degree in Social Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976.  He received his M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1982, where he remained to also complete both Residency Training in Psychiatry and a Post-Doctoral Research Training program.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania since 1991.  Dr. Turetsky is the Associate Director of the Neuropsychiatry Division within the Department of Psychiatry.  His clinical focus and expertise is schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.  He also directs the Neurophysiology and Brain Imaging Laboratory.  His research focuses on the identification of neurophysiological and neuroanatomical measures that predict genetic and developmental vulnerability to psychosis.  His work has been supported for more than 20 years by research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health.  Additional research support has come from the Brain Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) and private industry (Astra-Zeneca, Pfizer).