Psychiatric Neurosciences

The Division of Psychiatric Neurosciences is composed of researchers at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, and Seattle Children's Research Institute.
Based on the research interests of faculty members, the Division is subdivided into the areas of Behavioral Genetics, Mo​lecular and Cellular Neurosciences, Clinical Neuroscience, Developmental Neuroscience, and Neuroimaging. Research within the Division is directed toward understanding psychiatric disturbances and normal and abnormal behaviors at a fundamental biological level, along with the mechanism of action and/or development of new treatments. Our researchers work to improve care for a range of psychiatric disorders including addictions, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, traumatic brain injury, stress and disorders, and Autism. Our department has a strong commitment to translational research, partnering basic and clinical neuroscientists with expert clinicians to facilitate the translation of findings in the lab to effective treatments and ultimately better health services and policy.
Neuroscientists in the department benefit from substantial resources in both space and equipment to support their work.
  • Extensive laboratory space for basic and clinical neurosciences research
  • Facilities for a wide range of molecular, cellular, and behavioral investigation at each research site
  • Psychophysiology laboratories performing studies in such areas as evoked potentials and other quantitative EEG methods, eye tracking movements; a modern sleep research laboratory; and neuropsychology laboratories for psychometric assessment of behavior
Department faculty also actively collaborate with other UW scientists in such departments as Genome Sciences, Pharmacology, Psychology, Physiology, and Radiology.
Several of the major laboratories in the division and department faculty are outlined below.  If you would like to find out additional information about one of the faculty below please refer to the list below.


Behavioral Genetics


Clinical Neuroscience

Developmental Neuroscience

Molecular Cellular Neuroscience

Behavior Neuroimaging

Training programs in Neurosciences include opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, MD-PhD (MSTP) students, psychiatry residents, and postdoctoral fellows.

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John Neumaier, MD, PhD
Director, Division of Neurosciences
Professor, Psychiatry 
and Behavioral Sciences