Precision Psychiatry

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Medicine
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 750.00

The summer course Precision Psychiatry will focus on how genetic, psychological, physiological and imaging research can help us with the transformation of clinical psychiatry into a more personalized and precision profession. In addition, during the course we will discuss the impact of (technological) innovation, societal changes, patient participation and lifestyle on psychiatric diagnostics & treatment now and in the future.

It is becoming increasingly clear that human behavior reflects a complex interaction between genetic predisposition, brain construction, physiological functioning, subjective experience, social context and changing environmental factors. This dynamic interaction ultimately determines whether or not someone will develop mental problems. Since 1980, a psychiatric classification system (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM) has been leading for diagnostics, (bio) medical, and psychological research. However, this static DSM does not do justice to the complex and adaptive reality of human nature. Symptoms change over time and symptom overlap between discrete disorders is the rule rather than the exception. The course Precision Psychiatry will focus on how we can transform clinical psychiatry into a more personalized profession. The day-to-day program can be downloaded and will be updated with new information when possible.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Prof. dr. Floortje Scheepers


Prof. dr. Floortje Scheepers (Innovation), prof. dr. Wiepke Cahn (Soma and psyche), dr. Hilgo Bruining (Sensory processing sensitivity), dr. Janneke Zinkstok (genetics), dr. Marco Boks (Stress and trauma) and others.

Target audience

Master and advanced master level students in the field of medicine or health sciences, with an interest in psychiatry.

Study load

One week, fulltime


Course fee
€ 750.00
Housing fee
€ 200.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School

- Early bird discount: if you apply for this course and pay the course fee before April 1st, 2019, you will receive €100 discount on the course fee.
- Attendees from Dutch universities receive a €200 discount on the course fee.

The course will proceed with a minimum of 15 participants.


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • C.V.

More information

In case you have any questions, please contact Marleen Rademaker, coordinator research of the department of Psychiatry (m.c.rademaker-6@umcutrecht.nl, +31 88 755 9425).


Application deadline: 31 May 2019