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

From apps to avatars, new tools for taking control of your mental health
The Washington Post | July 2, 2018
In an article that looks at the burgeoning world of digital mental health tools, Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD, discusses a smartphone app called FOCUS designed to help people with severe mental illness manage their symptoms.

Perspective: Less than half of adults not screened for depression
Helio | June 28, 2018
Recent findings show only 48% of American adults in the general population are screened for depression. John Kern, MD, offers a perspective on the impact of this missed opportunity and how primary care-based depression care interventions can help.

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Gaming Disorder
Reader's Digest | June 27, 2018
Andy Saxon, MD, talks about the importance of having a psychiatrist or psychologist assess and treat gaming disorders, and Pat Areán's Project EVO is highlighted in a link from the story reminding us that video games can be beneficial as well.

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Department Facts

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