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Introduction and Welcome from the Chair


Dr. Unutzer

Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA
Professor and Chair

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences!

Our department enjoys some of the same qualities as its Pacific Northwest home: an entrepreneurial spirit, a wealth of innovative ideas, a sense of discovery, and engaged people who want to make a difference. 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 advance basic and applied mental health research, train the next generation of health professionals and researchers, and improve the lives of people, one patient at a time.

With nearly 1,000 faculty, staff, and trainees, our department has an active presence in each of UW Medicine’s clinical locations throughout the Puget Sound region. We also serve as the only academic psychiatry department for five states in the Pacific Northwest known as the WWAMI region that covers more than 25% of the landmass of the continental United States (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho).

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The Connections newsletter for Spring 2013 outlining important events within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.


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Department Facts

  • 250 Faculty, 400 Volunteer Faculty, 300 Staff, 140 Resident Trainees

  • Locations include:
    • Seattle Children's
    • Harborview Medical Center
    • University of Washington Medical Center
    • Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System of Seattle and Tacoma American Lake, Spokane, Boise

  • ~$36 Million in grants and contracts per year
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