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 engage 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

​​​The Head and the Heart: Exploring the Link Between Depression and Heart Disease​
​​​​The Huddle | February 3, 2020
Medical r​esearch has shown that there is a strong connection between heart disease and depression; People with depression are at greater risk for heart problems, and people with heart problems are at greater risk for depression. Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, is quoted. ​​​

New Jail-Based Intervention Increases Uptake of Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder After Release
​​UW School of Public Health | February 1, 2020
Theresa Hoeft, PhD, is co-author of a study about a new intervention that may help break the cycle of opioid use disorder among people transitioning from jail or prison back into the community.

Schizophrenia genetics analyzed in South African Xhosa
​​UW Medicine | January 30, 2020
An ancestral African population reveals clues to the genetic origins of schizophrenia. The project was led by Jon McClellan, MD, and Mary-Claire King (genome sciences and medicine), among others.​​

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Department Facts

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