INPP Philosophy of Psychiatry Educator Network

Philosophy of Psychiatry Educator Network connects educators in philosophy of psychiatry via a listserv.

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Aims of the Network

The Philosophy of Psychiatry Educator Network aims to bring together those who are actively teaching, or have taught in the past, philosophy of psychiatry to trainees in relevant disciplines. These include primarily medicine, psychology, and philosophy (such as philosophy of medicine, philosophy of neuroscience, or philosophy of psychology).

One of the priorities of this network is to promote philosophy of psychiatry education for medical trainees (medical students, residents, and fellows), but this emphasis is not intended to be restrictive in any way with regards to the functioning of the network. Philosophy of psychiatry and mental health is by its very nature a multidisciplinary area of inquiry and all educators are welcome.

The goals of the educators will be to connect with each other, share resources, share experiences, discuss strategies to teach philosophical topics more effectively to clinical trainees, collaborate on scholarly endeavours (articles, books, etc.) to promote education in philosophy of psychiatry.

Resources that can be shared will include items such as outline of courses, syllabi, teaching formats, and reading assignments, etc.

Network Lead

The network is led by Awais Aftab, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA.

Mode of Operation

The network functions primarily as an email listserv, hosted by Google groups.

In order to join the email listserv, please contact Awais Aftab at


Organisational Partners

Current organizational partners include:

  • Association for the Advancement of Philosophy & Psychiatry (AAPP)
  • the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych)
  • Philosophy Specialty Interest Group,
  • World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Section for Philosophy & Humanities in Psychiatry and;
  • University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Medical Humanities Program.


Launch Webinar

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The network was launched with webinar on January 26, 2022. The webinar introduced the network and featured talks by educators in philosophy of psychiatry who shared their experiences.


1) Awais Aftab (Case Western Reserve University, USA) – network lead

2) John Sadler (UT Southwestern, USA)

3) Matthew Broome (University of Birmingham, UK)

4) Serife Tekin (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA)

5) Werdie Van Staden (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

6) Bill Fulford (University of Oxford, UK) joined for panel discussion

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