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

Driving, Cognitive Abilities Impaired During a Hangover
Medscape | September 11, 2018
A team of European investigators came out with a new study that suggests that various components of attention, memory, and psychomotor performance are impaired during hangovers. Andrew Saxon, MD, comments.(register for free to read full article)

Need a therapist? There's an app for that
CBC News | September 7, 2018
Health care professionals met at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Thursday to look at ways of using smart technologies, such as mobile phones, in health care. Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD, was the keynote speaker.

Local mom wants teen suicide to be a regular part of family conversation
Fox Q13 | September 5, 2018
As many students head back to school, one local mom is on a mission to make the topic of teen suicide a common conversation. Molly Adrian, PhD, is interviewed.

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Department Facts

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