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.


In the News

NPR | August 15, 2016
Judith Turner, PhD talks about the benefit of using behavioral techniques to help patients taper off of prescription medication.

HSNewsbeat | July 27, 2016
Seattle Children’s Autism Center led by interim director Raphael Bernier, PhD uses an innovative approach to assess autism.

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange | July 27
Sarah Cusworth Walker, PhD believes the juvenile justice system should move away from a "child saving" endeavor.

The Whole U | July 8, 2016
The HaRRT Center’s co-directors Susan Collins, PhD and Seema Clifasefi, PhD talk about alternative pathways for treating addictive behaviors.

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Department Facts

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