Neurodevelopment & Psychosis

Raquel Gur

Section Director | Raquel E. Gur, M.D., Ph.D.

Neurodevelopment & Psychosis

The Neurodevelopment & Psychosis Section in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Psychiatry is devoted to the study of brain and behavior in health and disease. By integrating methodologies, the centers below aim to advance the understanding and treatment of complex brain disorders such as developmental disorders, schizophrenia, and psychosis. Each component of the section includes collaborating laboratories and centers with complementary expertise in clinical care, neurocognitive assessment, neuroimaging, clinical and basic neurosciences, and genomics.


Psychosis Research Center

The Psychosis Research Center provides clinical, research, and educational opportunities and has multiple collaborations across the US and abroad. A major effort is to identify young people who are at risk for or early in the course of psychosis and intervene early to restore functioning.



The Lifespan Brain Institute is a research collaboration between Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Medicine that examines brain-behavior functioning from early development to young adulthood. With this lifespan approach, researchers are able to study what early risk factors might contribute to the development of mental disorders, and what factors might protect children from developing mental disorders or help them cope more effectively.


Brain-Behavior Laboratories

The Brain Behavior Laboratories are devoted to the study of the brain and behavior in healthy people and individuals with brain disorders through the use of behavioral measures combined with structural and functional neuroimaging. The laboratories integrate multi-modal behavioral and neuroimaging methods with genomics in order to understand typical neurodevelopment and identify abnormalities associated with brain disorders.


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