Support Our Work

Improving mental health is one of the top priorities of Accelerate: The Campaign for UW Medicine. Led by UW Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the mental health campaign is bringing together the efforts of UW Medicine and its broad set of collaborators across the UW campus and in the community to improve mental health in our region.​​​​

We are a world leader in creating innovative programs that improve access to effective mental health care. As the only academic psychiatry department in the region and the largest psychiatry training program in the country, we’re poised to support and transform the region’s mental health needs. We believe that there is no health without mental health and envision a world where everyone gets the care and treatment they need.


Top priorities for the coming year

The Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions is working on recruiting two endowed professorships, building a Clinical Trials Unit, establishing a Community Advisory Board and hosting an Annual Meeting in 2022.

We are pursuing the creation of a Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) to build our capacity at UW Medicine to test new types of medication, psychotherapy or other treatments with an emphasis on proof-of-concept trials.

We are exploring the development of novel therapeutics such as psychedelic and other drugs that may facilitate psychotherapies used to treat common mental health conditions and that could be tested in a CTU if one were built. We are starting a Clinical Scientist Translational Research Award for junior faculty contributing to this effort.

We are exploring the development of vaccines, antibody-based strategies and small molecules to counteract opioid use disorders and overdose and the application of those strategies on other unmet medical challenges.

We are working on a one-year residency program that would give Nurse Practitioners (NPs) or Physician Assistants (PAs) advanced clinical training in mental health care, allowing them to provide care at the top of their license and to take leadership roles in inpatient and outpatient behavioral health care settings.

The Center for Mental Health, Psychiatry and the Law is working on developing a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship to provide trainees with practical experiences in forensic evaluations, clinical service and research.

We hope to create a Global Mental Health Fellowship similar to the Global and Rural Health Fellowships created by the UW Global Health Department in partnership with Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and OB/GYN.

We hope to create a fellowship program in behavioral neurology/neuropsychiatry in partnership with the UW Department of Neurology.

We are working with our colleagues at Seattle Children’s to improve services for youth/young adults with a first episode of psychosis and to provide evidence-based mental health services in schools and primary care settings.

We hope to fund locally-relevant addictions research and implementation work conducted by the Addictions, Drug and Alcohol Institute (ADAI) and the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors (CSHRB).

The fourth Washington State Mental Health Summit on May 17th, 2022 will bring together stakeholders from around the state to develop, share, and advance new and promising ideas, opportunities and collaborations.


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Philanthropic support is crucial to our success and has launched and supported a number of innovative and impactful programs.

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If you would like to learn more about our campaign priorities or our broader scope of work, or if you would like to support our work through financial or other contributions, we would love to hear from you.

Katherine Cardinal
Sr. Director for Philanthropy
UW Medicine Advancement
850 Republican St., C-5
Box 358045
Seattle, WA 98195-8045
Cell: 206.650.4503

Clint Burwell
Assistant Vice President for Health System Philanthropy
UW Medicine Advancement
Box 358045
Seattle, WA 98195-8045
Phone: 206.616.6464

Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA
Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
1959 Pacific Ave NE, BB-1644
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-3128