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

Perspectives on pediatric bipolar disorder
American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal | December 1, 2018
In this episode of The American Journal of Psychiatry Residents Journal podcast, Kathleen Myers, MD speaks about her work with children and adolescents with bipolar disorder and discusses the need for careful longitudinal assessment, the impact of the new diagnosis of DMDD on diagnostic rates, and future directions for the study of the disorder.

Suicide prevention and awareness – Forefront
Borgen Magazine | November 30, 2018
Researchers and scholars in global mental health from all over the world gathered to launch the 2018 Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development at UW on Friday, October 19. Pamela Collins, MD, MPH is quoted.

Telepsychiatry brings help to rural areas
King 5 | November 29, 2018
Anna Ratzliff, MD, MPH and Ian Bennett, MD, PhD talk about how telepsychiatry and collaborative care bring much-needed mental health care to rural towns across the country.

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Department Facts

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