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

Opinion: Sobriety is just one pathway to recovery. Harm reduction is another
STAT News | April 11, 2019
"As counselors and researchers, my colleagues and I at the University of Washington’s Harm Reduction Research and Treatment Center decided to go back to the drawing board. We asked the people we were working alongside — people with lived experiences of alcohol-use disorder and homelessness — how they would redesign alcohol treatment. Ninety-four percent of them favored harm reduction approaches," writes Susan E. Collins, PhD.

Today's vets seek mental health help sooner than peers
UW Medicine Newsroom | April 9, 2019
A new study in Psychiatric Services found that veterans who served post-9/11 are seeking PTSD care in 2.5 years, compared to 16 years for veterans serving before 9/11, and 15 years for civilians. John Fortney, PhD, is quoted.

The Top Doctors in Seattle for 2019: 19th annual list of the 397 best physicians in 65 medical specialties
Seattle Magazine | April 2, 2019
Congratulations to the following people who were voted a “Top Doctor” by their peers: Richard Ries, MD, (addiction psychiatry), Ray Hsiao, MD, (child and adolescent psychiatry), Ian Kodish, MD, PhD, (child and adolescent psychiatry), Hower Kwon, MD, (child and adolescent psychiatry), Mark Snowden, MD, MPH, (geriatric psychiatry), Jesse Fann, MD, MPH, (psychiatry), and Gregory Simon, MD, (psychiatry).

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Department Facts

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