The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers educational programs for medical students, residents in psychiatry and psychology, subspecialty clinical fellows, research trainees, clinical and regular faculty members, and the healthcare community throughout the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region. The overall mission of these programs is to provide outstanding, state-of-the-art, evidence-based education in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, to:​​
  • prepare clinicians to provide excellent and compassionate clinical care for individuals with mental illness
  • foster intellectual curiosity, a spirit of scientific inquiry and the pursuit of lifelong scholarship
  • train highly qualified scientific investigators to advance knowledge of the brain and behavior and develop effective treatments for mental disorders
  • encourage excellence in teaching
  • promote collegial relationships with and effective consultation to primary care providers
  • advance mental healthcare for disadvantaged and chronically mentally ill individuals
Continuous learning and mentorship is one of our department’s core values and a key component of our educational programs. The short video below features two of our Wayne J. Katon Outstanding Mentor Award winners, Raphe Bernier, PhD, and Mary Larimer, PhD, who talk about what makes an effective mentor.
We welcome your interest in our educational programs!
Deborah Cowley, MD
Vice-Chair for Education and Faculty Development
​P: 206​.543.6577

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Please note: we do not have the capacity to offer observerships or shadowing opportunities at this time.