Psychiatry in Primary Care Fellowship

The University of Washington has a strong tradition of research in primary care psychiatry / health services research. The National Research Service Award (NRSA) Psychiatry in Primary Care Fellowship combines mentored research experience with the option of completing a nationally–renowned Master of Public Health (MPH) Program. Fellows receive two to three years of mentored training in the methodological skills needed to become successful mental health services researchers and knowledge in disciplines relevant to the organization, management, and evaluation of health services. Fellows will work in clinical settings relevant to their research interests, for no more than 20% of their time. Moonlighting opportunities may be available by request within the University of Washington Medicine system. Program faculty come from the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine and the School of Public Health as well as affiliated organizations such as Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Puget Sound VA Health Care System and the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.
The goal of the program is to train physicians or clinical psychologists working at the interface of psychiatry and primary care who will become academic leaders in primary care psychiatry / mental health services research. The fellowship has been funded by NIMH for over two decades and has an excellent record of success. The majority of program graduates have been recruited to academic teaching and research positions in Psychiatry, Family Medicine, or Pediatrics and many have developed independent federal-, state- or foundation-funded research programs in mental health services research.
How to Apply
Applications are considered year round but preferentially considered by December 31 for a start date of July 1 in the following year.​ The application should consist of the application form, a curriculum vitae, medical school transcript or Dean’s letter, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement describing the individual’s past training and teaching activities, any relevant research activities undertaken and, most importantly, future career plans and goals as they relate to the NRSA fellowship program.
Application materials may be sent by mail to the address below, or by email to For more information, please email Pam Collins at
Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA
c/o Pam Collins
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-6560
Phone: (206) 543-3927
Fax: (206) 221-7184