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 engage 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

Mental Health Summit at UW advances effective education, prevention and care
KOMO TV | October 30, 2019
During the 3rd annual Mental Health Summit, law enforcement, law ma​kers and more than 500 stakeholders teamed up to improve how the state responds to those in crises.

Horror movies can be good for anxiety
elemental | October 31, 2019
Kristen Lindgren, PhD, says horror movies can offer a type of exposure therapy that can be helpful for people with anxiety in an article that explores science-backed reasons behind the calming effect of scary movies.

Michelle Pfeiffer's #MeToo story
Parade Magazine | October 22, 2019
Michelle Pfeiffer's #MeToo experience spotlights self-blame as common reaction to sexual assault. Michele Bedard-Gilligan, PhD, MS, is quoted.

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Department Facts

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