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.
- 285 Faculty, 515 Clinical/Courtesy Faculty, 150 Trainees, and 200 Staff.
- Clinical services in 5 hospitals and more than 20 outpatient sites. Consultation to more than 150 clinics in the State of WA and beyond.
- The only academic Psychiatry department serving 5 states in the Pacific Northwest, training psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health specialists for the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho).
- Total sponsored projects (grants & contracts): $35 Million / year.
- Breakthrough research ranging from Basic and Clinical Neurosciences to Clinical, Health Services, and Health Policy Research across the age and disease spectrum.