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

WBUR 90.9 | June 20, 2017
Jane Clayson interviews Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD, for the radio program On Point about the new landscape of digitized mental health care.

Buzzfeed | June 6, 2017
Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, comments on the recent correction issued to a 1980 painkiller study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

H&HN | May 24, 2017
Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, talks about the importance of Collaborative Care to reach more people in need of mental health care, despite a shortage of behavioral health specialists.

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Department Facts

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