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

Portland brewery introduces CBD-infused beer
KGW 8 | July 10, 2018
Products containing cannabidiol, or CBD, are on the rise, from massage oil to beer, but how safe are they? Nephi Stella, PhD, is interviewed.

Seattle seniors choosing cannabis over opioids for pain
King 5 News | July 6, 2018
More seniors are choosing cannabis over opioids saying it’s just as effective without the negative side effects. Nephi Stella, PhD, weighs in on the benefits of using CBD to treat seizures, and to fight gioblastomas, pain, anxiety, PTSD and some cancers.

From apps to avatars, new tools for taking control of your mental health
The Washington Post | July 2, 2018
In an article that looks at the burgeoning world of digital mental health tools, Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD, discusses a smartphone app called FOCUS designed to help people with severe mental illness manage their symptoms.

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Department Facts

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