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 | October 18, 2017
Some people can feel totally fine from season to season, but others are more likely to feel fatigued and down during the fall and winter months. Margaret Cashman, MD, discusses the difference between depression and the winter blues and gives tips on how to keep the blues at bay.

UW Today | October 9, 2017
Bradley Wagenaar, PhD, MPH, is addressing the treatment gaps for mental health in Mozambique using implementation science and collaborative care. Wagenaar is associated with the Program in Global Mental Health, a joint initiative between the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Global Health.

Right as Rain, UW Medicine | October 9, 2017
Patrick Raue, PhD, gives advice on how to cope with stress including setting realistic goals and learning how to do problem-solving therapy with the aid of a mental health professional.

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Department Facts

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