About Us: Introduction
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Welcome to the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences!  We are delighted that you are interested in our residency program.

This is an exciting time to be entering psychiatry!  With ongoing discoveries in basic neuroscience, we increasingly understand the underlying mechanisms of our disorders.  We have a wealth of effective treatments to offer our patients.  Our department is actively involved in the creation of new knowledge and the development and application of psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and other psychosocial and biological treatments.  In addition, we recognize that one of our greatest challenges as a field is the dissemination of effective treatments to those who need them, including the chronically and seriously mentally ill, urban and rural underserved and disadvantaged populations, and the vast majority of patients with psychiatric disorders who seek care in primary care rather than psychiatric treatment settings.  We believe that psychiatrists are physicians who, as experts in brain and behavior, have a responsibility to advance the quality of psychiatric care and to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, not only through specialty practice, but also through consultation to other physicians and health care providers.  Our department is extensively engaged in enhancing psychiatric care within mental health and primary care settings in our region, nationally, and internationally.

Fundamentally, our residency program aims to help every graduate become the best possible psychiatrist.  We offer a rich array of clinical, didactic, and research experiences, with particular strengths and fellowship opportunities in addictions, child and adolescent psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, geriatric psychiatry, neuroscience and genetics, and health services research.  We provide multiple opportunities to work with clinically diverse populations, and aim to inspire residents to make a difference by working with those most in need.

We hope that you will visit us and that we will have the opportunity to introduce you to our residents, faculty, and the residency program!

Jurgen Unutzer, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.
Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Thank you for your interest in our residency program!

Our program’s goal is to provide you with an exceptional and in-depth education in psychiatry.  We provide a strong foundation of psychiatric knowledge and skills, clinical care and treatment modalities in an environment that encourages and supports individual interests and passions.  Our residents receive superb training in biological, psychological and sociocultural aspects of psychiatry with a strong focus on evidence-based medicine.  We value an atmosphere of scholarly inquiry, compassionate care and dedication to treating the underserved at a local, national and international level.

Our strongest training asset is our extraordinary group of residents and faculty who together create an enriched learning environment.  We strive to recruit residents with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests that can further contribute to our training program.  Our residency program emphasizes providing care to the underserved, consultation to health care providers, community psychiatry and subspecialty care in addictions, child and adolescent, geriatrics and psychosomatic medicine. We offer our residents career enrichment pathways in research, community leadership, integrated care and teacher scholars.  For those interested in pursuing rural psychiatry we have an Idaho regional track and a Montana regional track as well as rural rotations across our five state region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho).

We are committed to mentoring our residents so they can develop their individual interests and career goals.  Our faculty is dedicated to teaching excellence in clinical care and research in a positive and supportive environment.  We firmly believe that our residents are essential to our program’s success.  We value and respect our residents’ perspectives and ideas. Our residents are actively engaged in our residency committees and are instrumental in our culture of continuous improvement.  We are an ACGME accredited program both as a 4 year program and as a three year program for those entering as PGY-2s. 

We hope this website provides you with a comprehensive overview of our program but we are mostly looking forward to meeting you and having an opportunity to share with you how much we enjoy training our residents and living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!  Please, go ahead and read about our clinical sites, rotations, and curriculum and learn about our resident group and what our program and region has to offer!

Feel free to contact me directly if have any questions about our program.

All the best,

Suzanne B. Murray, M.D.
Director, Psychiatry Residency Program
Associate Professor



Box 356560   |   1959 NE Pacific St.   |   Seattle, WA 98195-6560   |   206.543.6577   |   psychres@uw.edu