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

HSNewsbeat | May 17, 2016
Treating your soul is the aim of the Integrated Psychosocial Oncology Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance led by UW Medicine psychiatrist Jesse Fann, MD, MPH. The SCCA is the first to implement the Collaborative Care model in a cancer-treatment setting.

Can software detect empathy?
KCTS 9 | May 6, 2016
David Atkins, PhD talks about new feedback software that measures how empathetic a therapist is, which in turn helps rate the quality of care therapists deliver to their clients.

Seattle experts to help launch largest-ever autism research study in the U.S.
The Seattle Times | April 21, 2016
Raphael Bernier, PhD, clinical director of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, is one of a number of autism experts at the University of Washington helping to launch the nation’s largest autism research study to date. The goal of the project is to identify genetic markers by collecting DNA and other information from 50,000 families.
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Department Facts

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