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

Is daylight saving time more harmful than helpful?
The UW Daily | November 14, 2019
David Avery, MD, discusses how one in 10 people are affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which starts to set in right at the turn of the seasons when the clock changes.

New Weill Neurohub will unite UCSF, UC Berkeley, UW in race to find new treatments for brain diseases
UW News | November 12, 2019
With a $106 million gift from the Weill Family Foundation, UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and the University of Washington have launched the Weill Neurohub. Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, will serve as a board member for the new initiative representing the UW along with President Ana Mari Cauce and Tom Daniel (department of Biology), who will also serve on the Weill Neurohub’s Leadership Committee.

Mental Health Summit exposes greatest need and solutions to statewide crisis care
KOMO News | November 4, 2019
600 of the leading minds in mental health came together during the Washington Mental Health Summit to share progressive solutions to improving care for those in crisis across Washington state.

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Department Facts

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