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.



Department Facts

- 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.

Wayne Katon, MD (1950 - 2015)

    Dear friends and colleagues,
    It is with great sadness that I have to inform you about the passing of Dr. Wayne Katon. Wayne was a Professor and Vice Chair in our department. He was a truly great human being, a Mensch, a dear friend, a generous mentor, and a wonderful colleague to so many of us. He was also one of the most accomplished physician scientists we have ever known. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Wayne came to the Pacific Northwest for medical school and joined our department as a resident in 1976. After completing his psychiatry residency at UW, he joined our faculty in 1979, eventually establishing the department’s Division of Health Services and Psychiatric Epidemiology. In this role, he spent 35 years making superb contributions as a clinician, teacher, and researcher. Several generations of medical students, residents, and junior faculty benefited from Wayne’s superb teaching and mentorship. His research brought tremendous honor and recognition to the UW and it revolutionized care for patients around the world. Please read more about Wayne’s contributions to the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and to our field.
    If you would like to make a contribution to honor Wayne, please consider contributing to a new fund we have established in Wayne’s name to support the training of the next generation of physician scientists in our department. This was Wayne’s passion and we hope to honor him by establishing this fund.
    UW Medicine Advancement
    Box 358045, Seattle, WA 98195-8045
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