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

Q13 Fox | July 11, 2017
Washington’s approach to marijuana sales and the dedicated tax money directed to the poor, the sick and those in need are providing a lifeline to some Washington residents. Nephi Stella, PhD, is interviewed.

Motherboard | June 27, 2017
Debra Kaysen, PhD, talks about why a new extension for Google Chrome, which blocks out upsetting content as you browse the internet, could be a useful tool for people trying to overcome anxiety disorders.

IEEE Spectrum | June 27, 2017
Data can revolutionize the treatment of depression, schizophrenia, and other mental health disorders. Dror Ben-Zeev,PhD, gives examples from his own research of how data collected with smartphones can help people with schizophrenia.

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Department Facts

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