Support Our Work

Almost every family is affected by mental illness or substance use, but fewer than half of those who need it can access timely and effective care.

The UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is 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 there is no health without mental health and envision a world where everyone gets the care and treatment they need.

Philanthropic support is crucial to our success and has launched and supported a number of innovative and impactful programs. Donations to the Psychiatry Discretionary Fund allow us to pursue our mission of improving the health of the public by supporting research, teaching, patient care, and other departmental priorities such as those listed below.

Top priorities

Resident well-being is essential for optimal resident learning, competent and compassionate clinical care, and the smooth functioning of the residency program. Our Residency Wellness Program is a vital component to our psychiatry training program that promotes a sense of collegiality and enhances our residents’ emotional health. Supported by philanthropy, our Residency Wellness Program allows us to offer:

  • wellness retreats
  • wellness didactics
  • resident bonding within and between classes
  • opportunities for reflection
  • resident-driven wellness programming
  • welcome events for PGY-1s

Please consider donating to the Psychiatry Resident Education and Training Fund!

Our biggest strength is our people, and this year we hope to recruit for the following positions:

  • Director of Family and Caregiver Support (including peer support services and community reintegration)
  • Clinical Director for the Garvey Institute Center for Neuromodulation (brain stimulation)
  • Research Director for Neuromodulation/Interventional Psychiatry
  • Medical Directors for various programs based at the new Center for Behavioral Health and Learning
  • Director for a new Translational Addiction Research Program

New space and facilities allow us to bring in excellent people and programs. We are pursuing:

We continue to invest in novel ways to treat mental health and substance use. We are exploring:

New facilities and programs present new opportunities to develop our workforce. We hope to build:

  • A Psychiatry Resident Wellness Program to support the next generation of mental health professionals
  • A Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program to train psychiatrists and psychologists for service with justice-involved patients with mental illness
  • A robust Clinician Scientist Training Program that identifies, engages and supports students, trainees and early career faculty who are interested in research
  • A partnership with UW to transform the way we prepare undergraduate students to become part of the human services workforce.


Join Us
If you would like to learn more about our fundraising priorities, we would love to hear from you.

David Chow
Director for Philanthropy
UW Medicine Advancement
850 Republican St., C-5
Box 358045
Seattle, WA 98195-8045
Cell: 207.956.1806

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