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.


In the News

Seattle Magazine| March 2017 Issue
This year’s Top Doctors report, put out annually by Seattle Magazine, features a number of our faculty members. Congratulations to Andrew Saxon, MD, (Addiction Psychiatry), Jesse Fann, MD, (Psychiatry), Murray Raskind, MD, (Psychiatry), Hower Kwon, MD, (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry), Kathleen Myers, MD, (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry), Mark Snowden, MD, (Geriatric Psychiatry), Richard Veith, MD, (Geriatric Psychiatry) and courtesy faculty member Kenneth Melman, MD, (Psychiatry). You make us proud!

Medscape | March 28, 2017
Lawmakers in several states are advancing proposals to force individuals who abuse opioids into treatment via involuntary commitment as a means of coping with the rapid rise in overdose rates. Andrew Saxon, MD, weighs in. (Medscape subscription required to view article. Free to subscribe.)

KOMO Newsradio | March 23, 2017
Richard Ries, MD, gave a live radio interview about the current heroin epidemic and addiction crisis in Washington state preceding his appearance as a panelist at a public forum on Heroin and Addiction in Everett on Thursday.

The Seattle Times | March 2, 2017
Research shows a high return-on-investment for mental health counseling in schools. Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, talks about the importance of early intervention in regards to school-based mental health care, and makes the point that we shouldn’t have to choose between education and mental health.

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Department Facts

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