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December 2022

Message from the Chair

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year! 

Looking back at 2022, I am in awe of your accomplishments during another challenging year. Despite more than 1,000 days of living with the COVID-19 pandemic, our core programs are alive and well and we have much to celebrate, to be thankful for, and to look forward to.

Our expert clinicians continue to bring their tremendous talent, dedication and humility to their work as they face their own daily pandemic-related challenges. I am deeply grateful for your dedication and perseverance and for the tremendous difference you are making in the lives of our patients and families every day. Our researchers are developing exciting new approaches to improve the lives of individuals and families living with mental health and addiction problems around the world and we are on track to have one of our best years yet in terms of securing sponsored grants and contracts to support our research programs. Our education team is doing a fantastic job of preparing and inspiring the next generation of mental health professionals and our trainees are challenging all of us to stay up to date with the latest developments in psychiatry and to keep focused on making a difference in our communities and around the world. We are a team of more than 1,200 clinicians, scientists, teachers, staff, and trainees who work across five states and around the world to make a difference, and each of us contributes to our mission of improving the health of the public in important and valuable ways. I hope we can take some time this Holiday Season to step back, recognize and appreciate each other’s unique talents, life experiences and passions. Thank you for all of your amazing contributions this year!

In this newsletter, we are sharing some exciting new developments in our education programs, starting with the announcement that Jacqueline Hobbs MD, PhD, will be joining us as the new Director for our Psychiatry Residency Program, the largest psychiatry training program in the country. We look forward to welcoming Jackie to the department and to growing our team of dedicated and outstanding educators with her arrival next spring. I also want to express my sincere gratitude to Anna Ratzliff MD, PhD who has done a marvelous job leading, growing, and improving our education team and our residency program over the last few years. We are fortunate that we will continue to benefit from Anna’s talents and energy as she leads new and existing workforce development efforts such as a new Psychiatry Fellowship Program for Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) in partnership with our School of Nursing. This exciting new program is supported by a generous philanthropic donation and a $ 6.6 million grant from Premera Blue Cross. Anna will also continue to co-direct the department’s AIMS Center and our Integrated Care Training Program (ICTP). 

This coming year, we will also be strengthening our department’s capacity to develop and support Clinician Scientists through a new internal pilot grant program and the selection of an experienced faculty member to oversee the development and mentorship of clinician scientists in the department. Stay tuned for more on this in next month’s newsletter. 

Thanks again to all of you, our faculty, trainees, staff, alumni, and friends of the department for all of your contributions and support over the past year! I hope that you are staying warm and dry and that you have a Holiday season filled with friends, family, light, and love. I look forward to continuing our work together in 2023! 


Pamela Collins heading to Chair Department at Johns Hopkins
Pamela Collins, MD, MPH, has accepted a position with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as Chair of the Department of Mental Health. This is the only department in the country dedicated to mental health within a School of Public Health. Pamela will begin her new role on July 1, 2023.

For the past five years, Dr. Collins has directed the UW Consortium for Global Mental Health, a joint effort of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Global Health. She also served as the executive director of the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), a global health implementation center in the University’s Department of Global Health, and as the associate director of a NIMH-funded UW Behavioral Research Center for HIV. We are deeply grateful for Dr. Collins’ leadership, for her contributions in developing and growing a vibrant community of global mental health researchers here at UW and beyond. We will miss her greatly, wish her all the best in her new role, and hope that we can find ways to stay in touch and continue our work together.  

Debra Morrison retiring in 2022
Debra Morrison, Senior Project Manager and Practice Coach at the AIMS Center is retiring after seven years of work at the AIMS Center and a wonderful career in community health care that spanned over 3 decades. At the AIMS Center, Debra brought her tremendous practice-based experience to her coaching of health systems around the country to adopt Collaborative Care. She worked with residents and fellows learning Collaborative Care Implementation through ICTP, and she developed many of the tools and resources that the AIMS Center now uses on financing Collaborative Care with practices around the country. Debra has been a mentor to many over the years, thinking creatively about ways to implement effective collaborative and integrated behavioral health care programs in diverse health care settings, and helping navigate the nuances of financing such programs. Prior to her work at the AIMS Center, Debra worked at Neighborcare Health for 23 years, as an HIV case manager, clinic manager, and behavioral health program manager. Previous to that she worked for Yakima, Grant and Kittitas counties as an HIV case manager and health educator. Debra is set to retire at the end of 2022 and we wish her all the best as she pursues gardening, travel, and more time with her grandchildren!

Please help us welcome our new staff!

Charles Borile (he/him) joined the department in December 2022 as an Administrative Assistant for Dr. Mark Snowden and Psychiatry at Pat Steel. Charles was born in the Philippines and before he moved to Canada for a few years and then headed to Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2018 and majored in Communications. He previously worked as an Administrative Assistant at Genoa Healthcare from 2019 to 2021, then worked with the King County Health Department as a Covid-19 Clinic Administrator from February 2021 to August 2021. Lastly his most recent job was with Boeing from August 2021 to August 2022 as a Covid-19 Tracer. Outside of work, Charles enjoys watching and collecting movies, playing video games and tennis. If you would like to reach out to Charles and say hello, his email is

Shayla Collins (she/her) joined the department in December 2022 as a Continuing Education Specialist for the CoLab team. In addition to that, she holds appointments at the UW Center on Human Development & Disability (CHDD) with the INCLUDE Collaborative & the Medical Home Partnership Program and the UW Center for Child and Family Well-Being (CCFW) designing and leading mindfulness and compassion programs for providers working with children, youth, and families. In the community she also facilitates mindfulness sessions for parents of children with disabilities or special healthcare needs, as well as individuals who have interfaced with the criminal legal system. Shayla is a devoted wife & a mother of two young boys. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and antique shopping. If you would like to reach out to Shayla and say hello, her email is

Cristina Conde (she/her) joined the department in December 2022 as a Research Study Assistant for the Harborview-based Trauma Survivors Outcomes and Support (TSOS) lab. She recently graduated from UW Seattle with a Bachelor’s in Sciences, major in Environmental Health in summer 2022. Cristina has worked as an international student leader and student assistant during college, and successfully completed an internship with NEHA, and the Disease Intervention and Epidemiology Team at the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment. Outside of work, Cristina enjoys reading sci-fi books and watching movies at home. It has been a while, but she also enjoys hiking and camping. If you would like to reach out to Cristina and say hello, her email is

Mackenzie Deiman (she/her) joined the department in December 2022 as a Lab Manager for the Supporting Psychosis Innovation through Research, Implementation, & Training (SPIRIT) Lab and provides strategic planning and management of new and existing initiatives. She brings over a decade of financial industry experience from well-known banking and brokerage firms. Her sweet spots include financial analysis and operations, transformational leadership, building authentic relationships, project & program management, and using digital media to create productive conversations. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys various snow sports, salsa dancing, and supporting local arts and cultural organizations. If you would like to reach out to Mackenzie and say hello, her email is

Michelle Dick, MD, (she/her/ella) joined the department in September 2022 as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Seattle Children's. Most of her clinical work is based out of Seattle Children's South Clinic in Federal Way where she works in the Child and Adolescent Latino Mental Health Assessment and Treatment (CALMA) Clinic and the Mood and Anxiety Program. Michelle recently graduated from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship here at UW. Before coming to Seattle for fellowship, she completed Medical School at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY and residency at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys hiking, gardening, playing piano, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family. If you would like to reach out to Michelle and say hello, her email is

Madi Eggerding (she/her/they/them) joined the department in December 2022 as an Administrative Assistant for the Addictions, Drug, and Alcohol Institute (ADAI). Madi provides administrative support for the various teams working at ADAI, and is working in the University District Building on 45th for now! Madi is an MPH candidate in the Health Systems and Population Health at UW program currently and is doing work for ADAI alongside her classes. Her previous work has included doing labor organizing with local labor unions, social work and social services support for folks seeking emergency housing, and behavioral health integration into primary care. Madi is looking forward to meeting more folks doing interdisciplinary behavioral health related work, as that aligns with her interests in public health. Outside of work, Madi loves baking - making cookies especially! She also enjoys reading, rollerblading (when it’s not too slippery out!), and swing dancing. If you would like to reach out to Madi and say hello, her email is

Sarah Fikre (she/her/hers) joined the department in October 2022 as a Research Coordinator for the Supporting Psychosis Innovation through Research, Implementation, & Training (SPIRIT) Lab. Sarah most recently worked as a Research Assistant at the Icahn School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, supporting an ongoing NIH-funded research study investigating the effects of supermarket discounts on shopping, food intake, body weight, and health status. She received her BA in Psychology at Columbia University in 2022 and is interested in becoming a psychiatrist to address the mental health disparities of minoritized communities. Outside of work, Sarah loves spending time with friends and family, reading books, going to church services, and listening to music. If you would like to reach out to Sarah and say hello, her email is

Matthew Hopperstad, MD, (he/him) joined the department in November 2022 and will be working in the Outpatient Clinic (OPC). Matthew has specialized training and experience in treating obsessive compulsive and related disorders, though he thoroughly enjoys treating many psychiatric and behavioral issues. He grew up in Seattle in the Madrona neighborhood and graduated from the UW with an English degree. Later he moved to New York City and lived there for nearly 20 years where he finished a premed program, then medical school, a psychiatry residency and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. If you ask him, he’ll be happy to tell the differences between living in New York and Seattle, and he may tell you that one is clearly way, way better than the other. Matthew moved back to Seattle with his wife Amanda Focht, MD (also a psychiatrist at the UW) and their daughter Grace in 2014. He worked at Seattle Children’s for a few years before starting his private practice; he’s excited to work again in an academic medical center in addition to maintaining his busy private practice. Outside of work, he likes big ideas, making art, exercising, and noticing interesting things. If you would like to reach out to Matthew and say hello, his email is

James Lee, PhD, (he/him) joined the department in November 2022 as an Acting Assistant Professor for the Seattle Children’s Autism Center. His work focuses on developing, adapting, and implementing behavioral interventions for underserved caregivers of young autistic children or children with other neurodevelopmental disorders who live in low-resourced communities both domestically and internationally. Internationally, James has been partnering with a parent-led NGO in Mongolia for parents of autistic children in the past four years. Most recently, the group received the UW Global Innovation Fund award to culturally adapt the WHO’s Caregiver Skills Training program in Mongolia. Domestically, he was just awarded the KL2 grant to develop an implementation toolkit for early intervention providers who work with marginalized families in King County. Outside of work, James enjoys musical instruments (acoustic and electric guitar), roasting and drinking coffee, and road cycling. If you would like to reach out to James and say hello, his email is

Sara Rostamizadeh (she/her) joined the department in December 2022 as a Research Scientist in the Pravetoni lab. Sara has a PhD degree in Applied Chemistry and is interested in developing nanoparticles for pharmaceutical purposes, such as drug, vaccine, and gene delivery. Apart from her specialized area, Sara is really interested in learning more about general psychology and loves watching movies and reading books about this subject. Sara is happy to be part of the UW community and is looking forward to meeting others in the department soon. Outside of work, Sara loves hiking, traveling, and exploring new places and natural beauties. She also enjoys photography and cooking. If you would like to reach out to Sara and say hello, her email is

Welcome to Jacqueline Hobbs, new Psychiatry Residency Program Director
We are excited to announce that Jacqueline Hobbs, MD, PhD, DFAPA, CMQ, has been selected as the new Program Director for the Psychiatry Residency Training Program after a comprehensive national search!

Dr. Hobbs comes to us with over 13 years of experience leading the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the University of Florida College of Medicine which she grew by 25% during her tenure. At UFL, she also served as the Vice Chair for Education she held several other leadership roles. Dr. Hobbs’ clinical interests are in the area of women’s mental health, particularly peripartum care. She sees patients regularly in the outpatient setting both as a supervisor of resident patients and privately and she also provides inpatient on-call services. She is passionate about involving residents and faculty in mentoring, advocacy and patient safety and quality improvement and excels in team building, identifying people’s strengths and helping trainees find their professional niche.

Dr. Hobbs will join our outstanding team of individuals dedicated to training the next generation of psychiatrists that includes our Associate Program Directors Drs. Dubovsky, Iles-Shih, Murray, Pellegrino, Schreiber and Soeprono and our excellent educational staff led by Associate Director of Education Athena Wong. Dr. Hobbs will be joining the department on May 1, 2023.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hobbs on her appointment and warmly welcoming her to our residency program and our department!

Michele Roe joins education team
As part of an organizational restructuring of our educational programs, Michele Roe will be moving into a new role as Assistant Director for Education. Michele has been integral in many parts of our educational operations since 2019 and now we are fortunate to benefit from her talent and energy in this new role. Michele is trained in Lean Six Sigma and brings forth a wealth of expertise in analytics, data management, process improvement and grants submission. Michele will play a key role in streamlining our educational processes, providing tailored support and helping with strategic planning efforts across all our educational programs in the coming year(s).

Grant augments new psychiatry fellowship for nurses
A new one-year psychiatry fellowship for advanced nurse practitioners (ARNPs) received a boost with a $6.6 million grant from Premera Blue Cross. The fellowship, being developed in partnership with the School of Nursing, will accept up to four advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP) fellows each year starting in 2023. Training will focus on inpatient, outpatient, telehealth consultation and integrated psychiatric care for mental health conditions, and include rotations at primary care clinics and at the new Behavioral Health Teaching Facility at UW Medical Center – Northwest.

The training provided by this fellowship will also allow psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners to develop their expertise and serve as psychiatric consultants through the Collaborative Care Model. Developed at UW Medicine to treat common and persistent mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, the Collaborative Care Model integrates mental health services into primary care clinics with regular psychiatric case consultation for patients who are not improving as expected.

The investment continues Premera’s initiatives to address the nation’s growing mental health crisis. In Washington state, 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 youth ages 6–17 experience a mental health disorder each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In the past year, however, among both adults and adolescents with a mental health condition, more than half did not receive any treatment — primarily due to a shortage of qualified clinicians.

“If we want to see improvements to healthcare in the future, we need to invest in sustainable solutions now,” said Jeffrey Roe, president and CEO of Premera Blue Cross. “The University of Washington continues to find innovative ways to provide better access to mental healthcare. Developing a strong workforce means communities will benefit for years to come.”

Read more.

Infographic highlights activities of school mental health supplement to NW-MHTTC
58 events. 5,769 participants. 24,506 YouTube views. These are just some of the accomplishments highlighted in a two-page infographic of activities completed by the school mental health supplement to the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) in its fourth year of funding.

Housed within the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the NW-MHTTC is one of 10 SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)-funded centers that provides resource development, training and technical assistance, and workforce development for the mental health field. The NW-MHTTC, directed by Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH, and Christina Clayton, MSW, LICSW, SUDP, serves SAMHSA Region 10, including Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

The school mental health supplement to the Northwest-MHTTC is led by Eric Bruns, PhD, and Kelcey Schmitz, MSEd, as part of the Training and Technical Assistance Core (TAC) at the University of Washington School Mental Health Assessment, Research and Training (SMART) Center. UW SMART is a national leader in developing and supporting implementation of evidence-based practices in schools, including prevention, early intervention and intensive supports.

Congratulations on a successful year!

Save the Date! Garvey Institute 2nd Annual Meeting 
The 2nd Annual Meeting of the Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions will be held on January 27, 2023 at UW Medicine South Lake Union in downtown Seattle or virtually via Zoom. Join us to learn about new clinical programs like the Garvey Institute Neuromodulation Clinic at the new Behavioral Health Teaching Facility and an outpatient clinic expansion at UW Medicine-Roosevelt, new training programs like the Clinician Scientist Training Program and Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Program, and new research innovations funded by Garvey Institute Innovation Grants. There will also be networking opportunities for future collaborations. Registration will be available in January.

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