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

The New York Times| November 3, 2015
Professor Kathleen Myers, MD, MPH talks about telemental health services as one answer to increasing access to mental health specialists in rural areas.
Puget Sound Business Journal| October 28, 2015
The new Integrated Care Training Program, directed by Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD, aims to improve the state’s mental health care system by training psychiatrists to partner and consult with primary-care providers and other healthcare workers.
NewsBeat| October 27, 2015
UW Medicine has launched a new Integrated Care Training Program to expand mental health services across the state.
The Economist | October 24, 2015
Professor Debra Kaysen, PhD, talks to The Economist about PTSD’s similar characteristics throughout the world and how she has adapted treatment to work in poorer countries and difficult settings.

Department Facts

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