Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious and challenging brain disorder, affecting over 2 million American adults. It often interferes with a person's ability to think clearly, to distinguish reality from fantasy, to manage emotions, make decisions, and relate to others. Although it is often feared and misunderstood, schizophrenia is a treatable medical condition.

All treatment offered by Penn Behavioral Health is informed by the cutting edge research conducted in the Department of Psychiatry. Patients can elect to receive treatment through one of our excellent clinical programs or, if eligible, may receive treatment as a participant in a research trial at no cost.  Please see below for descriptions of our clinical and research treatment programs.


Penn Behavioral Health Clinical Programs

  • Comprehensive Neuropsychiatry Evaluation Service
    The clinicians at the Comprehensive Neuropsychiatry Evaluation Service (CNES) at the University of Pennsylvania Health System expertly diagnose and treat complex behavioral changes associated with brain related disorders.

  • Outpatient Psychiatry Center
    Offers comprehensive psychiatric services, including diagnostic evaluations, psychotherapy service, medication management, group and couples therapy for the spectrum of psychiatric disorders. The Center offers specialized treatment of neuropsychiatry issues.


Clinical Research Treatment Programs

  • Brain Behavior Center
    The Brain Behavior Center is devoted to the study of schizophrenia through an integration of neurobiology and treatment. The focus of the center is to relate the genetic profile of the disorder to the patient's social, psychological and neurocognitive status.