Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER)

Located at
Banner University Medical Center South
(formerly UPH-Kino)
2800 E. Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 85713

Appointment Phone: (520) 874-4068
EPICENTER Director: Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD

EPICENTER provides specialized, phase-specific treatment for persons early in the course of a psychotic illness, such as Psychosis NOS, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, and Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features. Signs of these illnesses can include: trouble with reality testing, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, disorganization, odd behavior or thinking, isolating, emotional changes, and difficulty with work or school.


As with physical illness, treatment early in the course of a mental illness, such as psychosis, can lead to better outcomes. The longer the illness is left untreated, the greater the disruption to the person's ability to meet the demands of transition into adulthood: school, work, meeting new people and becoming independent.   

EPICENTER aims to reduce the impact of early psychosis through symptom alleviation and reintegration back into the community. At EPICENTER, people have the opportunity to discuss their concerns, get practical support and participate in research studies.


  • Clinical Evaluations & Assessments
  • Family Education & Support
  • Cognitive Behavioral, Individual & Group, Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Cognitive Remediation
  • Supported Employment & Education
  • Community Education & Training

Benefits of Phase-Specific Care

The goal of specialized, phase-specific care is to maximize engagement and shorten the period of untreated psychosis.

By tailoring the interventions to this age group, we hope to facilitate greater community reintegration and return of previous functioning.


Individuals ages 15-35 who are early in the course of a psychotic illness and are willing to travel to EPICENTER for clinical services are eligible to participate. Additionally, individuals must have a family member who is willing to participate in the family education and support program.

Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICenter)
Director of Community Outreach & Clinical Development. 

Dr. Harrison-Monroe's interests include forensic mental health, health disparities among at-risk populations, and the development of cultural competency among healthcare providers.  She provides clinical support services to students enrolled in the College of Medicine and also maintains a practice providing indivduals, couples, and family psychotherapy.  Dr. Harrison-Monroe holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Columbia University, New York.