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

US News & World Report | August 23, 2017
You don't have to accept poor sleep as just a normal part of aging. Michael Vitiello, PhD, gives advice on how to overcome common sleep problems.

Q13 Fox News | August 16, 2017
Finding it difficult to deal with the barrage of upsetting current events and social media bickering? Douglas Zatzick, MD, gives tips on how to deal with times of stress.

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society | August 11, 2017
Sherry Willis, PhD, Warner Schaie, PhD, and colleagues explore the relationship between declines in cognition and functional abilities in older adults.

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Department Facts

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