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

Smartphones may help predict relapse in schizophrenia, UW study finds
The Daily | May 30, 2019
For mental health conditions such as schizophrenia whose symptoms worsen with social isolation, preventing relapse can be challenging due to a health care provider’s lack of accessibility in consistently monitoring a patient’s shifts in behavior.

Commentary: State sets a new course for mental health care
HeraldNet | May 26, 2019
With funding and policy, state lawmakers cooperated to rebuild a behavioral health system that works for all. Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA provided legislators with the insight and inspiration needed to make this a reality.

Understanding consequences of marijuana use
KIMA | May 10, 2019
The Yakima Health District held an educational forum to help local health care providers understand the impact marijuana use has on youth. Jason Kilmer, PhD, is featured.

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Department Facts

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