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

UW Medicine Newsroom | November 14, 2017
As of July 1, all healthcare providers in WA State are required to take an approved suicide-prevention course as part of their continuing education requirements. A collaborative team led by UW Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Forefront Suicide Prevention created All Patients Safe, an online, interactive course that meets the new state requirements. Providers in either the UWP or CUMG practice plan can take the training for free. Learn more at www.apsafe.uw.edu.

NPR | November 11, 2017
Could the stress of experiencing discrimination over and over wear one down physically over time? Roberto Montenegro, MD, PhD, Chief Fellow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, shares some personal experiences with discrimination.

UW Medicine Newsroom | October 17, 2017
Erin Dillon-Naftolin, MD, discusses teen anxiety and depression—what’s behind it and the proven methods of treating it.

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Department Facts

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