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.


In the News

Ray Hsiao named President of State Medical
Faculty member Ray Hsiao, MD was recently
elected president of the Washington State
Medical Association (WSMA) at the association's
annual meeting in September. Dr. Hsiao serves
as an associate professor, director of the Child
and co-director of the adolescent substance
abuse program at Seattle Children's.
Michael Vitiello to co-direct new geriatrics
A new Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center will increase the expertise of primary-care providers, trainees and others in caring for older adults. Michael Vitiello, PhD will co-direct the Center with Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS, UW associate professor of medicine.
One thousand primary-care patients with post-
traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar
disorder or both will be recruited to study how
best to treat these complex mental health
conditions in rural areas.

Department Facts

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