Research Working Group

Last updated: 4th January 2024

The scope of the EFPT Research Working Group (RWG) is to support and encourage psychiatric trainees to develop skills in understanding and conducting scientific research. The RWG provides a network of psychiatry residents from different European countries (and worldwide), creating opportunities for research and collaboration on international projects. 

Therefore, the RWG invites psychiatric trainees to participate in international research projects supported by the EFPT. By doing so, the trainees will be able to take part in the different stages involved in conducting research projects: from defining the research question, defining the research protocol and presentation to the ethics committee, to conducting the study, its statistical analysis and scientific writing.

The RWG collaborates with the other EFPT Working Groups in their projects, advising on methodology and analysis of results. It also organises workshops, lectures and webinars on methodological and collateral skills, some in collaboration with other WGs. 

How to join the RWG

You do not have to be an EFPT delegate or an observer of your country: Everybody is invited to join the group and take part in its activities! If you have interest in learning more about the activities of the RWG and join it, you can contact us at  or fill out this form.

The RWG meets usually every two months to discuss ongoing projects, define new projects or events to be held and prepare the workshop at the EFPT Forum. This web page will also be kept posted with the most recent updates on the progress of our studies, projects, and activities. To facilitate the exchange of information among its members, the RWG has a Whatsapp group as well. 

RWG Projects for 2023-2024 term

For next year, the RWG aims to continue the research projects currently underway, namely:

”Psychiatric Drug Classifications and Neuroscience-based Nomenclature (NbN): Experiences, Views and Needs”, which aims to assess the perception of young psychiatrists about the nomenclature of psychotropic drugs, with particular emphasis on NbN. If you wish to take part in the survey, you can take 5 minutes to fill out  this form.

A Survey on psychotherapy training in Europe, the result of the collaboration with Psychotherapy WG, which aims to assess how psychotherapy training is experienced by interns in different countries.

It is expected to initiate new research projects, supervised by the chair and at least one co-chair.  It is also one of the goals of the R-WG to promote the dissemination of EFPT reports, present the state of the art about different topics, and develop Guidebooks dedicated to providing research tools, namely how to search and interpreting the scientific literature, ensure the best and adequate methodology and conduct statistical analysis.

To facilitate contact and the dissemination of projects between EFPT, the NTAs and psychiatry interns, the aim is also to invite young psychiatrists to collaborate as country contacts.

At the moment, we are finalising the drafting of the protocol for a project on the effects of patient death on psychiatric trainees.

Projects under discussion and still in need of new energy and input include training in sleep disorders, research and academic career possibilities for psychiatric trainees, factors influencing the choice of psychiatry as a speciality, and many others. In addition, we are starting to define the drafting of the first mini-guidebooks for the interpretation of scientific articles and statistics.

We would be happy if you would participate in creating and disseminating these projects, possibly even helping us to write and publish scientific articles. Contact us!

RWG Webinars

We can finally announce the scheduling of webinars for the RWG! Selecting from the many proposals, we have found three topics of both theoretical and practical interest with a transdisciplinary character:

Use of Secondary Data in Psychiatry
Prof. Manuel Gonçalves Pinho
Hospitalar do Tâmega e Sousa, Center for Health Technology and Services Research (CINTESIS)
11 December 2023, 18:30 CET


Evolutionary Psychiatry
MA Adam Hunt
Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM), University of Zürich
17 January 2024, 19:00 CET

Click here to join the Zoom Meeting

Evolutionary psychiatry asks why human brains and genes predispose us towards developing mental disorders, at the evolutionary level: why did our species evolve vulnerabilities to these conditions?

This presentation will cover some broad principles for applying evolutionary thinking to understanding mental disorders (e.g. how modern environments cause odd conditions for our bodies and minds), and present some specific hypotheses regarding particular disorders (e.g. postnatal depression; social anxiety).

About the lecturer, Adam Hunt: After studying philosophy at the University of Bristol, he began to focus on the philosophy of evolutionary theory and the philosophy of psychology. From his studies emerges the scientific paradox of why psychiatric disorders are so widespread and have an important genetic component. To further this research interest, he was offered a place in the Human

Ecology group at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zurich where he is currently conducting his PhD studies.

No registration is required to participate. The certificate of attendance will be issued following the filling out of the evaluation form that will be shared during the meeting.

Ethics in Research
Dr. Felicitas Holzer
Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME), University of Zürich
Spring 2024, Date and Time to be defined.

Updates for future events and links to participate will be posted on this page and on EFPT’s social
media channels. We look forward to seeing you there!


RWG Chair and Co-Chairs

The organisation of the RWG’s activities is led by the Chair and Co-Chairs, who are responsible for promoting the projects.


Davide Zani (Switzerland)


“I studied medicine and surgery at the University of Brescia in northern Italy and then started training in psychiatry and psychotherapy in Switzerland in 2021, in a multi-centre mental health service in the canton of Grisons (PDGR), gaining clinical experience in acute, elderly and addiction inpatient settings. I like doing things with R. I am interested in epidemiology, suicide, compulsory treatment measures, neuroscience and ethics. I am pursuing my doctoral studies at the University of Zurich on the epidemiology of relapses of SMIs patients in decentralised care systems. In September 2023 I will start a Scholarship in Bioethics at the University of Zurich (IBME). Last but not least, I am a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychiatric Trainees (IJPT).”



Filipa Santos
Martins (Portugal)

“I’m a 3rd-year trainee in S. João University Hospital, Porto. I am part of a research group at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP) that uses secondary data for research, which is part of the CINTESIS research unit.  In addition, I am a PhD student in Clinical and Health Services Research at the FMUP and member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychiatric Trainees (IJPT). One of my biggest research interests is neuroimmunopsychiatry”

Giulio Longo

“I started my training in psychiatry in November 2021 at the Unit of Clinical Psychiatry, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona. I’m a pre-doctoral student and I will start PhD during the fourth year of specialisation. The fields in which I conduct clinical research are early onset psychopathologies, digital psychiatry, psychoeducational intervention, ADHD in adults, Hikikomori, neuroimaging and techno-mediated psychopathologies (i.e., Nomophobia, FoMO).”



Iliya Peyneshki

“I am conducting my training at the University Clinic of Bern, in my 5th year of psychiatry and 3rd of neurology. I did clinical rotations at Harvard Medical School and UCL Queens Square and started my doctoral research in infectiology during the medical studies in Munich, then I have done clinical research in Neuroradiology. At the moment I am working on my PhD thesis on Multiomics in Alzheimer’s disease and am also active within the SFCNS, where I am also an editor for the Journal of Clinical and Translational Neurosience.

My interests mainly concern biological psychiatry, dementia and neuroimaging.”