Who We Are

Jurgen UnutzerWelcome to the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences!

With more than 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 individuals and populations.

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 basic and clinical neurosciences, brain health, a wide range of mental health and addiction problems and programs that bring much needed behavioral health care to underserved populations in the United States and abroad. One of our best-known innovations is the Collaborative Care model in which mental health specialists work closely with primary care providers to care for the behavioral health 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.

Our clinical training programs and research fellowships attract exceptionally talented individuals from around the world. Our trainees come to UW for the diversity, scale, and innovative nature of our clinical and training programs, the richness of the UW academic community and our culture of scientific inquiry and discovery. Along the way, they discover that Seattle is a wonderful place to work, to live, and to raise a family. Our graduates are working in communities throughout the WWAMI region and beyond, making sure that mental health is addressed as an important part of all health.

This is an exciting time in U.S. health care. Wherever we turn, we are asked to help address the dire need for better behavioral health care and we have more than 1,000 faculty, staff, and trainees who are passionate about improving the lives of those living with mental health and addiction problems.

Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA
Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences