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Medical Psychology and Psychopathology

The doctoral study programme Medical Psychology and Psychopathology is concerned with basic as well as applied research in the areas of biopsychosocial relations. The proposed studies open the possibility for interdisciplinary doctoral education not only for graduates of medical faculties but also for graduates of one-field studies of psychology at faculties of art as well as graduates in some allied fields.

The field builds up on the rich tradition of education in psychological and psychiatric sciences at First Faculty of Medicine, represented by the work of founders of the field, such as Josef Riedel, Mihajlo Rostohar and Vladimír Vondráček. The bias to the biopsychosocial paradigm of recent modern medicine (enriched with the ecologic, environmental dimension), in the aspect of its theoretical base, reflects the recent state of knowledge achieved by modern science in contemporary developed societies.
Theoretical base of the study programme includes the knowledge systems of theoretical psychological fields (developmental psychology, psychology of personality etc.), but also that of applied fields, particularly clinical and medical ones. Psychiatry and behavioural sciences, in turn, represent a complex of scientific disciplines that are concerned with understanding of human psychology and behaviour. These include not only psychological but also genetic, biochemical or physiological approaches and their interactions. Important is the possibility of use of these most recent knowledge in care of the mentally as well as physically ill.

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