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

Training developed to help families dealing with psychosis
UW Newsroom | May 7, 2019
When a loved one is going through a psychotic episode, it’s hard to know what to do. How do you communicate? How do you offer support? A program to teach evidence-based skills to help people whose loved ones have a psychotic disorder is being held May 14, and a promising smartphone-based intervention for people with schizophrenia is being deployed at 20 health clinics across the state.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention honors two national researchers at event in New York
PR Newswire | May 7, 2019
Gregory Simon, MD, MPH was honored at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's annual 2019 Research Awards Dinner in NYC. Dr. Simon received the research award for his work using artificial intelligence with electronic health records to identify individuals at risk for suicide.

Opinion: Chronic opioid therapy needs to be individualized, but most people aren't getting that
The Hill | May 6, 2019
"We agree that pain management and chronic opioid therapy needs to be individualized. But right now most people are not having their needs adequately assessed or met," write the UW's Virginia Weir and Drs. Gary Franklin and Andy Saxon, MD.

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Department Facts

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