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Evolutionary Psychiatry

Evolutionary Psychiatry Special Interest Group (EPSIG)

Aims and objectives




How to join


Meetings and events



Aims and objectives


  1. Raise awareness of the value of understanding the contribution of evolutionary theory to psychiatry.
  2. Encourage research into the evolutionary psychiatry.
  3. Provide a forum for psychiatrists and others to discuss evolutionary models, research ideas and data with fellow evolutionists.
  4. Facilitate networking with academic institutions and evolutionary scientists, biologists, psychotherapists, psychologists and other disciplines such as philosophy.
  5. Keep members and supporters of the SIG informed via a webpage and newsletter.
  6. Organise workshops, symposia and conferences on Evolutionary Psychiatry and related subjects.
  7. Organise sessions at the WPA and the RCPsych’s International Congress as well as with other college Faculties and Divisions.




Riadh Abed


Dr Riadh Abed
Agnes Ayton


Dr Agnes Ayton
Paul St John-Smith
Website and Newsletter Editor


Dr Paul St John-Smith
Annie Swanepoel
Associate Newsletter Editor


How to join

If you would like to join the EPSIG or are interested in being part of the SIG committee please contact SIGAdmin.

We are keen to recruit new members and people to become members of the core committee.


Meetings and events





Upcoming events

3rd International Symposium of the Evolutionary Psychiatry Special Interest Group

Friday 22 March 2019 at Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street London E1 8BB

  • Please see final programme for further information.
  • Book your place at the conference. 


Past events

Presentations from the 2nd EPSIG Symposium, 12th January 2018

Live recordings from the Symposium are now available on our YouTube channel or through the links below.


Presentations from the 2nd EPSIG Half-day Scientific Meeting 18 May 2018


Presentations from the 2nd EPSIG Symposium, 12th January 2018

A full programme with details of the day can be downloaded.


Presentations from the EPSIG Half-day Scientific Meeting 19 May 2017


Presentations from EPSIG AGM January 2017


Presentations from the first EPSIG Symposium






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