Welcome to the Center for Psychotherapy Research!

The Center for Psychotherapy Research (CPR) is a research unit of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Faculty members conduct a wide range of studies on the process and outcome of different types of psychotherapies. The primary long-term vision of CPR is driven by questions about which treatments work for what kinds of psychiatric disorders. Research in CPR is designed to test hypotheses about the means through which effective treatments work.


The vast majority of people seen at CPR are involved in research projects. The specific treatments, assessments, or other interactions with participants vary greatly from one research project to the next. Not all studies involve provision of treatment. Participants come to CPR from a variety of sources--some respond to advertisements about participating in a research project while others are referred by the Triage Unit of the Department of Psychiatry Behavioral Health.

Non-Research Clinical Functions

In addition to those who are involved in research conducted under specific treatment protocols, patients are also seen by individual members of CPR faculty who are licensed clinical psychologists, under the auspices of the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania (CPUP). These patients deal directly with their individual care providers for all scheduling, treatment, and payment for services rendered.

For More Information

To learn more about our current treatment programs, research protocols, or to ask specific questions about the Center, please call us at 215-349-5222.