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 and provider satisfaction, better clinical outcomes and lower health care costs, helping us achieve the ‘Quadruple Aim’ of Health Care Reform.


In the News

The upsides and downsides of vaping
The Huddle | September 18, 2018
The FDA recently proclaimed an epidemic of vaping among young people. Susan Collins, PhD, talks about the dangers of vaping to developing brains.

Sexual Violence Victims Shouldn’t Have to Take a Polygraph
The Daily Beast | September 17, 2018
The polygraph has figured in several recent high-profile sexual misconduct cases. Emily Dworkin, PhD, talks about how the pressure for sexual assault survivors to prove their stories through polygraph can be harmful.

You’re Probably Doing Mindfulness Wrong
Right as Rain | September 12, 2018
Contrary to popular belief, mindfulness isn’t about sitting completely still and clearing your mind. Ty Lostutter, PhD, explains that it’s about being present-focused and not judging your thoughts.

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Department Facts

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