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

Putting global mental health on the map
UW Medicine Huddle | October 9, 2018
Pamela Collins, MD, MPH, discusses her vision for the UW Global Mental Health Program in this terrific Q & A.

UW Medicine emphasizes healing for survivors of sexual assault in stress of Kavanaugh confirmation
The Daily | October 7, 2018
Emily Dworkin’s recent NPR interview and Mary Larimer’s recent write-up about alcohol consumption among young adults remind us of the full extent of the impact of the recent Kavanaugh hearing.

Less than 1% of rapes lead to felony convictions. At least 89% of victims face emotional and physical consequences.
Washington Post | October 6, 2018
Research shows that millions of victims of sexual assault have paid a serious, measurable price, physically and mentally. A 2009 literature review co-authored by Emily Dworkin, PhD, is cited.

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Department Facts

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