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

The Top Doctors in Seattle for 2018
Seattle Magazine | April, 2018
We’re proud to report that once again Seattle Magazine’s annual Top Doctors report features a number of our faculty members. Congratulations to Jesse Fann, MD, Lina Fine, MD, Ray Hsiao, MD, Hower Kwon, MD, Kenneth Melman, MD, Richard Ries, MD, Carol Rockhill, MD, PhD, Gregory Simon, MD, Mark Snowden, MD, and Christine Yuodelis-Flores, MD.

Q & A with Top Doctor Ray Hsiao
Seattle Magazine | April, 2018
Ray Hsiao, MD, shares insights into combating opioid addiction and on how Washington state is stepping up to integrate treatment of these complex issues.

Studies Link Legal Marijuana With Fewer Opioid Prescriptions
The New York Times | April 2, 2018
Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Andrew Saxon, MD, co-wrote an accompanying editorial for the studies. Dr. Saxon was interviewed by the Associated Press, and the story was published in numerous newspapers, TV and radio sites across the country.

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Department Facts

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