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

Psychosis is way more common - and treatable - than you think
Right as Rain | August 2, 2018
Three out of every 100 people will experience psychosis in their lifetime, which makes it a lot more common than most of us would believe. Sarah Kopelovich, PhD, talks about the reality of psychosis and the possible causes of it.

This is your brain on Seattle traffic
KUOW | August 2, 2018
Why do Seattleites feel like they’re surrounded by bad drivers? Bill Radke from KUOW chats with Dennis Donovan, PhD, about what happens to our brains while in traffic, and they reminisce about their first cars — Volkswagens.

Opioid crisis: Prescription vigilance
Seattle Times | July 30, 2018
"It is an unfortunate truth that for a while, prescription opioids became the cheapest and easiest means to obtain all opioids, whether for legitimate treatment of pain or to support an addiction," write Jane Ballantyne,  MD, Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, and David Tauben, MD.

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Department Facts

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