Welcome to UW Psychiatry

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences!

With nearly 1,000 faculty, staff, and trainees, our department serves a five-state region known as WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho). We enjoy many of the same qualities as our Pacific Northwest home: an entrepreneurial spirit, a sense of discovery and a deep appreciation for the beauty and the diversity of our region and its people. We are an integral part of the University of Washington, a leading global university, and of the UW School of Medicine, a top ranked school in research and in primary care.  We are dedicated to improving the health of the public through research and discovery, training the next generation of health professionals and researchers, and improving the lives of people, one patient at a time.

Our scientists are engaged in cutting-edge research that helps us better understand the brain and behavior, paving the way for new treatments that will ultimately improve the lives of people in Seattle and around the world. Our research portfolio includes work in neurodevelopment and healthy brain aging, autism, a wide range of mental health and addiction problems and programs that bring much needed mental health care to underserved populations in the United States and abroad.  One of our best known innovations is the Collaborative Care model in which psychiatrists and other mental health specialists work closely with primary care providers to care for the emotional and physical needs of our patients. Our research has demonstrated that Collaborative Care leads to better patient satisfaction, better clinical outcomes and lower health care costs, helping us achieve the ‘Triple Aim’ of Health Care Reform.

 
 
 
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In the News

The Wall Street Journal | February 11, 2017
Parenting experts say it's important to be involved in your pre-adolescent's sleepovers, while letting them feel like they are making their own decisions. Clinical professor Laura Kastner, PhD, weighs in. The full article can only be accessed with a Wall Street Journal subscription.

The New York Times | February 2, 2017
Therese Grant, PhD, talks about the need for more research to study the effects of smoking marijuana while pregnant. Preliminary research suggests that marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — can cross the placenta to reach the fetus, potentially harming brain development, cognition and birth weight.

The ASCO Post | January 25, 2017
Roberto Montenegro, MD, PhD, a Fellow in the UW Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program, talks about the ramifications of microaggressions on medical trainees, the impact of bias on patient care, and how medical institutions can create environments that blunt microaggressions and support underrepresented medical students and physicians during training.


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Department Facts

Please see our Department Fact Sheet for an overview of our department.