Education Programs

We offer training programs for medical students, residents in psychiatry and psychology, subspecialty clinical fellows, research trainees, and the healthcare community throughout the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region. The overall mission of these programs is to provide outstanding, state-of-the-art, evidence-based education in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, to:​​

  • prepare clinicians to provide excellent and compassionate clinical care for individuals with mental illness
  • foster intellectual curiosity, a spirit of scientific inquiry and the pursuit of lifelong scholarship
  • train highly qualified scientific investigators to advance knowledge of the brain and behavior and develop effective treatments for mental disorders
  • encourage excellence in teaching
  • promote collegial relationships with and effective consultation to primary care providers
  • advance mental healthcare for disadvantaged and chronically mentally ill individuals

Training in mental health has been a required component of a UW medical student’s education since the medical school was established, a testament to our belief that there is no health without mental health. Psychiatry training is embedded throughout the medical student experience and emphasized in both classroom and patient care. Our overall goal is to provide a thorough introduction to Psychiatry through supervised patient encounters, clinical teaching and a structured didactic program, appropriate for students interested in careers in Psychiatry and other medical fields. We also offer a Diversity Visiting Medical Student Subinternship Program that gives highly qualified fourth-year medical students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in medicine a glimpse of the exceptional psychiatry training program offered by the UW. Learn more

Our Psychiatry Residency Training Program is among the largest in the country. It offers well-rounded, evidence-based clinical training, a rich array of research opportunities, and attention to the development of each resident’s career interests and leadership skills. We provide multiple opportunities to work with clinically diverse and underserved populations and to enhance psychiatric care within mental health and primary care settings. Fundamentally, our residency program aims to help every graduate become the best possible psychiatrist he or she can be. Learn more​​​

The goal of our Psychology Internship Program is to provide excellent clinical, didactic, and research training firmly rooted in the scientist-practitioner tradition. Continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1965, the program has a strong national reputation as a leading medical school-based internship that emphasizes the integration of ongoing research activities with clinical applications and practice to further the science of psychology. We offer three areas of specialization—adult, child and adolescent, and behavioral medicine/neuropsychology, all of which offer outstanding evidence-based clinical training, a rich array of research opportunities, and attention to the psychology intern’s career interests. Learn more

The mission of the University of Washington Integrated Care Training Program (UW ICTP) is to improve the health of Washingtonians by preparing a workforce to advance effective, integrated behavioral health care. We believe there is no health without mental health and that by training psychiatrists and other health care providers in evidence-based integrated care, we will increase the access to effective mental health care across Washington State. Learn more

We offer numerous clinical and research postdoctoral fellowships for psychiatrists who have completed general residency training, and for psychologists at the post-doctoral level. In addition to the fellowships listed in our Fellowship Database, please explore the major research areas within our department and contact researchers directly if you wish to pursue specific opportunities.

In addition, ACGME-accredited fellowships in Pain Medicine, Palliative Care, and Sleep Medicine are offered by other departments at the University of Washington and are open to those who have completed psychiatry residency training.