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

Right as Rain | December 8, 2017
Amanda Focht, MD, gives advice to introverts on how to have a holiday season that doesn’t completely suck the life out of you, including saying “yes” to events and parties even if you don’t feel like it.

BuzzFeed News | November 30, 2017
In the midst of an opioid epidemic, doctors are in a fierce debate over whether to stop medications for patients with chronic pain. Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, and David Tauben, MD, weigh in.

Newsghana.com | November 30, 2017
Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD, calls for the use of mobile apps to assess and treat patients with severe mental illness at the Third Public Lecture of the Ghana Psychological Association in Accra last month. The topic of his lecture was Technology and Mental Health Care; Providing Social Interventions to Communities.

Read more news

Department Facts

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