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

The Daily | January 9, 2020
UW Medicine launched the Psychiatry Consultation Line (PCL), allowing healthcare providers statewide to consult UW Medicine psychiatrists regarding mental illness treatments for patients. Ryan Kimmel, MH​ is quoted.

The Three of Us
Accelerate: The Campaign for UW Medicine | January 9, 2020
Todd and Laura Crooks join forces with Jim Vollendroff, MPH, Jurgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, and Rebecca Sladek, MS, to create a new kind of mental health conference that works with community members to devise solutions and move initiatives forward.

Telemedicine, Transportation Remain High Priorities, State Sen. Becker Says
Nisqually Valley News | January 8, 2020
The Washington state Legislature convenes on January 13 for this year’s session. 2nd Legislative District Sen. Randi Becker, R-Olympia says there are a number of high priority telemedicine and transportation bills in the works.​

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Department Facts

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