Paul Borghesani

Personal Statement

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM). As a past recipient of a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) award, I completed his MD-PhD in the Harvard/MIT Program of Health Sciences and Technology with his thesis work in development neurobiology.

After completing residency training at UWSOM, I was awarded a KL2 career development grant and went on to publish in the field of structural and functional neuroimaging with an emphasis on neural changes with aging. I am board certified and currently work as a staff psychiatrist at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) where I am the Medical Director for the Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES). I am also the Director of Psychiatry Clerkships at the UWSOM, coordinating clinical education in psychiatry cross the 5 state WWAMI region (WA, WY, AL, MT and ID). In this capacity, I routinely lectures to primary care providers and residents on suicidality, psychosis, psychopharmacology and drug abuse.

David Breiger

Personal Statement

I study brain behavior relationships in children and adolescents following treatment for brain tumors and cancer.

Denise Chang

Personal Statement

As a consulting psychiatrist working in the Behavioral Health Integration Program, I work in an Integrated Care model where I work closely with primary care providers, social workers and other clinical staff members to help provide evidence-based mental health care in an outpatient primary care setting. This collobaration between providers allows for improved access to mental health care that is patient-centered and focuses on whole person care. Through my work in Integrated Care, I have also developed an interest in Population Health, with a particular desire to improve our population approach to mental health conditions. It has been a privilege to work with an interdiplinary team of providers who are dedicated to delivering quality mental health care for all of our patients.​​

Nina de Lacy

Personal Statement

I am a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in working with individuals who have genetic disorders affecting brain development as well as complex neuropsychaitric conditions such as catatonia, narcolepsy and autoimmune encephalopathy. I practice at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where I co-run the Developmental Neuropsychiatry program within the division of Neurodevelopmental Medicine. This clinic provides integrated psychiatric and neurodevelopmental pediatric care for children with genetic conditions and brain malformations. I also serve as the psychiatrist within the multidisciplinary 22q clinic in Craniofacial Medicine, and provide consultation to community mental health organizations.  

Shaune DeMers

Personal Statement

I am a geriatric and consultation liaison psychiatrist with expertise in diagnosing and managing cognitive disorders. I attend in the Memory and Brain Wellness Center, where I see primarily middle aged and elder patients with concerns about their memory or thinking. Although most of my patients have Alzheimer or vascular dementia, I have experience in diagnosing and managing less common types of neuordegenerative disease as well, for example frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy Bodies, and Parkinson disease dementia. I have a particular interest in palliative medicine and end of life issues. I am board certified in both psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.

I am also the medical director of the psychiatry consultation service at Harborview Medical Center, which is where I spend most of my clinical time. That service is a large team busy with consultations throughout the hospital, and sees patients with serious medical and surgical illnesses who require psychiatric assessment and care.

In all of my clinic work, I am proud to be part of teams of very talented professionals, which include other attending psychiatrists, neurologists, geriatric internists, nurse practitioners, neuropsychologists, social workers, nurses, and addiction specialists. I enjoy training fellows, psychiatry, psychology, and neurology residents, and medical students. There is a sense of mission and a level of commitment to clinical excellence at Harborview that I value greatly.

Doyanne Darnell

Personal Statement

My research aims to improve the public health impact of evidence-based behavioral health interventions for addressing comorbidities common among ethnoculturally diverse and underserved victims of trauma, including PTSD, depression, suicidal ideation, and risky substance use. I study the integration of behavioral interventions into general medical settings, with an emphasis on provider-centered training methods to support the delivery of patient-centered interventions. My emerging work seeks to harness technologic innovations in machine learning and artificial intelligence, along with user-centered design, to enhance training scalability and sustainability.

Jesse Fann

Personal Statement

I am a consultation-liaison psychiatrist and health services researcher in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Epidemiology. My research interests are in psychiatric epidemiology, health services research, psychiatric oncology, and neuropsychiatry. I use a comprehensive, multifaceted approach that may include medications or counseling to help patients achieve their goals. My primary interest is helping people who are coping with medical problems. I am particularly interested in developing better approaches to delivering psychiatric care to these populations.

Amanda Focht

Personal Statement

I am experienced in the evaluation and treatment of a range of psychiatric conditions including anxiety and panic, mood disorders, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and personality disorders.

William French

Personal Statement

I am a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Pediatric Clinic at Harborview, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and a UW associate professor of Children’s Psychiatry and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

I specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as general psychiatry. I strive to create active partnerships with my patients and their families to achieve the best possible outcomes.

I am involved in the child and adolescent training program and supervises trainees at several outpatient clinics. My clinical and research interests include integrating mental healthcare into primary care settings, ADHD, disruptive behaviors, aggression and improving clinical supervision of child and adolescent psychiatry trainees.

Robert Hilt

My primary interest is to increase professional collaboration between child psychiatrists and pediatric medical providers, and to increase access to high quality care. Being a former rural primary care pediatrician helps me to understand the challenges faced by families and their care providers in under-resourced communities. I have been fortunate to be able to work with Washington, Wyoming and Alaska state health agencies as the Program Director for the Partnership Access Line child mental health consultation service for all of those state’s primary care providers.

Another professional interest is the promotion of best practice care, which has lead to additional roles directing the Medicaid Medication Second Opinion Programs in Washington, Wyoming and Alaska, and directing the MDT Psychiatric Consult Service in Wyoming for children in foster care. I have served as the co-chair of the Committee on Collaboration with Medical Professions with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Mental Health Editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ PREP-Self Assessment, and the editorial boards for Pediatric Annals, Psychiatric Annals and Psychiatric Services.

Soo-Jeong Kim

Personal Statement

I am board certified in general psychiatry and in child and adolescent psychiatry and am an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington. I am also an attending psychiatrist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington Medical Center Adult Autism Clinic, and serve as Medical Director at Seattle Children’s Autism Center.

My clinical and research interest is focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). My research interest is to identify genetic mechanisms for neurobehavioral challenges in individuals with developmental disorders, with special focus on the chromosome 15q11-q13 region. This particular chromosomal region contains several imprinting genes that express differently based on their parental origin. The abnormality of this region is the major cause for Prader-Willi (PWS) and Angelman syndromes. This region has been also implicated in the pathogenesis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). My lab is also working on pharmacogenomics for variable individual responses to psychotropics.

Our main strategy is massively parallel sequencing of the region of interest. We utilize the next generation sequencing platform to survey genomic differences across individuals with PWS or ASD. We are currently developing expertise in total RNA sequencing as well as DNA methylation sequencing to determine the effects of psychotropic medications and also to survey the effects of changes in the 15q11-q13 region in the whole genome.

Ryan Kimmel

Personal Statement

I am the Chief of Service for Psychiatry at the University of Washington Medical Center. My focus is on patient’s hospitalized with both psychiatric and medical issues. Academically, I focus on psychopharmacology for refractory mood and psychotic disorders, as well as novel telepsychiatry services.

Ian Kodish

Personal Statement

I have expertise in managing acute psychiatric presentations with research experience in studying neuroanatomy and the synaptic effects of schizophrenia. I have published in fields of neuroscience, schizophrenia, autism, and anxiety disorders. I also actively manage a telepsychiatry clinic based in eastern WA, and coordinate psychiatric management of emergency room mental health evaluations. I am very interested in the education of residents and fellows rotating on the consultation service, and participating in educational curriculum and recruitment committees.

Elizabeth McCauley

Personal Statement

I am a developmental and child clinical psychologist actively engaged in a clinical and research program designed to characterize the development, course, and management of clinical depression in young people.  My colleagues and I are engaged in a series of research investigations documenting the developmental pathways of youth with depressive disorders and co-occurring conduct problems, testing the efficacy of a brief intervention, assessment and engagement approach for school-based for school based providers, and adapting and testing behavioral activation as a therapy for depressed adolescents. I am also engaged in a randomized control study assessing the efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy as a treatment for youth with suicidal ideation and behaviors.

I have been actively involved with national and local efforts to disseminate training in evidenced based treatment strategies to child mental health care providers and is currently working with King County Public Health and local school districts to provide training and consultation to school based mental health providers in evidenced based assessment and intervention approaches. In addition to my work focused on depressive disorders, I have extensive experience evaluating and treating children/adolescents and their families who present with a variety of developmental and behavior problems including youth with gender dysphoria and those with disorders of sex development.

Mark Reger

Personal Statement

​My research focuses on Veteran and military suicide prevention. I am interested in risk and protective factors that are unique to the military community. My work focuses on systematic clinical and public health approaches to reducing suicide behaviors. I am also interested in the ways technology can facilitate access to mental health care and improve the quality of care. My work has included traditional telehealth approaches, smartphone capabilities, and evolving innovative technologies.

Carol Rockhill

Personal Statement

I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist with experience in delivering guideline-based care for child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. I am the Medical Director of the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinics at Seattle Children’s, and have experience with training of staff to deliver guideline-based care. I also have health services training, including having obtained a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Services and participation in a Primary Care-Psychiatry Research Fellowship funded by the National Institutes of Health.

My clinical work includes treatment of outpatients and inpatients with a variety of mental health needs, and I provide telepsychiatry in our outpatient clinics.  I have experience with collaboration with primary care providers to deliver care to pediatric patients, including serving as a consulting psychiatrist on the Partnership Access Line, which provides psychiatric consultation regarding mental health assessment and treatment to pediatricians and other primary care physicians throughout the state of Washington. I have expertise in the treatment of common mental health problems in a pediatric population.

My research has focused on mental health care for common psychiatric illnesses including depression and ADHD, and has included utilization of collaborative models of care and testing of interventions for youth with psychiatric diagnoses. I have been a co-investigator, with R01 PI Kathleen Myers, MD, for a study of guideline-based care provided by telepsychiatry for youth in rural communities with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 

Julia Ruark

Personal Statement

I am a board certified psychiatrist at SCCA and UW Medical Center and a UW assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. My goal is to help each patient I cares for have the best quality of life possible. I collaborate with patients to define and maximize what makes life meaningful to them and identify ways to achieve these qualities.

Shannon Simmons

Personal Statement

I am an attending on the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit, ​where I provide acute inpatient stabilization to patients with a broad range of diagnoses and presenting concerns. I aim to provide high quality, family-focused, evidence-based care as part of a multidisciplinary team. I am highly involved in educating residents, fellows, and medical students, and serve as Associate Training Director for Inpatient Psychiatry for the child psychiatry fellowship program.

Mark Snowden

Mark Snowden

Personal Statement

​I am Chief of Psychiatry at Harborview Medical Center and feel honored to work with a large, talented and highly dedicated faculty and interdisciplinary team members to provide the best behavioral health care possible. My clinical work focuses on geriatric psychiatry patients seen in nursing home settings and in geriatric medicine primary care settings. It is a privilege to participate in training the next generation of psychiatrists in my role as supervisor for psychiatry residents and geriatric psychiatry fellows. My research is centered on health services dissemination and implementation research particularly on the delivery of evidence-based mental health services to community dwelling older adults.

Mark Stein

Personal Statement

I am a Profesor of Psychiatry, Adjunct Professor of  Pediatrics, and a clinical researcher specializing in ADHD throughout the lifespan. I direct the PEARL Clinic (Program to enhance ​attention, regulation, and learning) at Seattle Children’s and Seattle Children’s at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. The PEARL Clinic is based on a multidisciplinary and collaborative care model which works closely with PCP’s and schools. The majority of my clinical work involves  diagnostic evaluations and consultations. Treatment recommendations are made for the parents, referring physician, and schools. I also direct the clinical program for SEA STAR, a summer treatment program for children with ADHD and related disorders that targets social impairment and self-esteem, in collaboration with the UW Autism Center.

Comparative efficacy and personalized ADHD treatment are major themes of my work. I have published over 120 articles, mostly having to do with ADHD diagnosis and treatment in all ages, and specific areas within ADHD such as genetics, thyroid, and sleep . I have  participated in numerous clinical trials of stimulant  and non stimulant medications. Current research studies involve parents with ADHD, children with ADHD and Autism, and a new NIH sponsored study examining the effects of abruptly discontinuing methylphenidate in children with ADHD.

Other areas of interest include sleep problems and overlap with ADHD, pediatric psychology, and research ethics. Finally, I participate in the ITHS Treatment Innovatiopn Center, focusing on removing barriers to multi-site clinical and translational studies.

Christopher Varley

Personal Statement

My primary  interest is Graduate Medical Education and Faculty Development in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I was the program  director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residency at the UWSOM for 32  years. I am now the Director of Education and Faculty  Development in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. My clinical interests are in pediatric psychopharmacology, particularly  re ADHD. 

Jason Veitengruber

Personal Statement

I am a board-certified psychiatrist at Harborview and UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics in Factoria, Issaquah and Woodinville and a UW associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

I enjoy acting as a consultant to my patients in helping them achieve their healthcare and life goals.

My clinical interests include medical student education, medical co-morbidities of psychiatric patients and evidenced-based medicine.

Dane Wingerson

Personal Statement

My primary interest is in the care of veterans; direct clinical care as well as care delivery systems.  ​

Larry Wissow

Personal Statement

​I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist also trained in pediatrics. The longstanding theme of my research has been on the detection of psychosocial problems in children and families, with a particular interest in what happens at the interface between primary care and mental health care. My initial clinical work as a pediatrician involved families in which child abuse was suspected, and thus my early research on detection of psychosocial problems involved how clinicians might best learn that a given family was experiencing some form of violence.

When I returned to training and became a child psychiatrist, my focus shifted to the more general issue of how, in the course of clinician-child-parent interactions, psychosocial issues were asked about, disclosed, and discussed. I have explored this question from a number of angles, including work in different cultures in the US (African-American, Latin American, American Indian), in different countries (Brazil, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Iran), in differences attributable to provider gender, across a range of sensitive issues (including suicide and end-of-life decision-making), and across clinical settings (pediatric and adult primary care, emergency care, and chronic disease management).