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.

 
 
 
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In the News

The Atlantic | April 2017 Issue
Clinical instructor Tony Rousmaniere, PsyD, writes about the struggles of assessing the helpfulness of psychotherapy in some patients and how measurement-based care and routine outcome monitoring can help.

Eric Trupin and Son Receive the Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award
The Center for Children and Youth Justice (CCJY) honored Eric Trupin, PhD, and his son, Casey Trupin, with the Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award at the annual CCJY breakfast in March. The award recognizes those who show exemplary leadership, dedication, advocacy for and commitment to the youth and families of Washington who become involved in our juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems. The father-son honorees share a legacy of work in shaping better outcomes for systems youth.

Motherboard.Vice.com | March 4, 2017
Researchers led by Patricia Areán, PhD, are using a video game-like digital therapy called Evo to combat depression in people over 65. Studies to date have shown promising results.


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Department Facts

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