The aims of the Section on Evolutionary Psychiatry (EP) include raising awareness of the importance of evolutionary biology to psychiatry and encouraging research into domains that can be meaningfully understood if viewed from an evolutionary perspective. These include gene-environment interactions, ecological aspects, social inter-actions and nonverbal behaviour, and the interactions between the immune system, the microbiome, and the central nervous system.
The section fosters cross-disciplinary networking with evolutionary scientists across a range of academic specialities as well as collaboration with national EP associations around the world. Our section advocates for the inclusion of evolutionary biology as a basic science into both undergraduate medical education and psychiatric training curricula around the world. The evolutionary approach seeks to extend the concept of causation to incorporate phylogenetic as well as adaptational (functional) causes of mental disorders (referred to as ultimate causes) alongside the proximate causes familiar to current mainstream psychiatry.
Retired Consultant Psychiatrist,
Medical Member of the Mental Health Tribunals,
Ministry of Justice, UK
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, England
Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Clinical Professor (UL),
Triogue Community Mental Health Centre,
Bridge Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland
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Section News and Activities
Upcoming Free Webinar Programme for the Evolutionary Psychiatry Section (dates and times may vary slightly)
The Section of Evolutionary Psychiatry is pleased to announce its forthcoming second bimonthly evolutionary webinar series starting in November 2022. Registration is free of charge by clicking on the hyperlinks. All interested colleagues from all disciplines are welcome.
Thursday 30 November 2023, 6pm GMT: Dr Laith Al-Shawaf, An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Emotions
Thursday 25 January 2024, 6pm GMT: Prof Paul Gilbert, Evolution and Compassion Focused Therapy
Thursday 28 March 2024, 6pm GMT: Prof Jerome Wakefield, title TBC
Thursday 30 May 2024, 7pm BST: Prof Nichola Raihani, Evolutionary Perspectives on Paranoia and Suspiciousness
Evolutionary Psychiatry Resources