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

$50 million gift is foundation for brain disorders research
UW Medicine Newsroom | October 3, 2019
Philanthropists Lynn and Mike Garvey establish the Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions to develop effective new treatments for brain disorders. Read more coverage in The Seattle Times,​ KUOW, GeekWire and Science Springs.

Premera Blue Cross investment to improve integration of mental health in rural areas
Yahoo News | September 2, 2019
Premera Blue Cross announced a $10 million investment, including an init​ial grant of $2.8 million for administrative and technical assistance, to the UW Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science’s AIMS Center. Diane Powers, MA, MBA, is quoted.

The CDC continues funding UW’s HPRC as a National Prevention Research Center
UW School of Public Health | September 17, 2019
The University of Washington School of Public Health’s Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) has once again been awarded funding as part of a select group of national prevention research centers. Mark Snowden, MD, MPH, is quoted.

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Department Facts

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