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

HSNewsBeat | February 4, 2016
Deborah Cowley, MD and Amritha Bhat, MBBS, MD, are spearheading new programs that help moms receive the most effective and successful treatment for mental health conditions.
BuzzFeedNews | Jan 31, 2016
Bryan King, MD comments on a new study that highlights serious problems in how drug companies collect and report side effects.
NPR | January 26, 2016
Evette Ludman, PhD discusses the newly released recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to screen for depression during and after pregnancy.
Hutch News | January 21, 2016
Jesse Fann, MD, director of psychiatry and psychology services at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, discusses his experience with patient perceptions of cancer diagnosis.
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Department Facts

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