From 1995 till 2001 studied at the Donetsk Medical University. Vitalii Plokhykh completed an internship as a Doctor - Psychiatrist, in 2002. From 2013 till 2018 studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and Schema - therapy at the Mental Health Institute of Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. Since 2019, he has been engaged in research in the field of mental health. Vitalii`s scientific interests are related to CBT treatment of substance use disorders, anxiety disorders and epigenetic changes due to psychotherapy. Currently he works in OPTIMAX team for search of CBT efficacy predictors.