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Peter Roy-Byrne , M.D. Co-Founder - Psychiatrist

Peter Roy-Byrne

M.D. Co-Founder - Psychiatrist

Dr. Peter Roy-Byrne is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  He is recognized for his expertise in translating science to clinical practice and stays at the leading edge of research by editing three academically-oriented publications: Depression and Anxiety, Journal Watch Psychiatry, and UpToDate Psychiatry.From 1992-2011, he was Department Vice Chair and Chief of Psychiatry at the University's Harborview Medical Center, where he was a clinical expert and NIMH-funded researcher focusing on the evaluation and treatment of complex mood and anxiety disorders. His published and funded work has emphasized issues of co-morbidity, particularly the intersection of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and medical illness, as well as the value of cognitive-behavioral therapy, both alone and in combination with medication. He is Past President of the Society for Biological Psychiatry, and the author of over 300 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Integrated treatment with psychotherapy (CBT, psychodynamic, problem solving, mindfulness) and medication 
  • Complex and treatment-refractory mood and anxiety disorders
  • Substance abuse and medical illness complicating mood and anxiety disorders
  • Benzodiazepines: appropriate use, tolerance, withdrawal, discontinuation strategies
  • Adult ADHD: appropriate and inappropriate use of psychostimulants

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Recent News

Many of our patients are inquiring about whether they should be obtaining a

Genetic Testing

by: Peter Roy-Byrne | Jan. 23, 2019

Many of our patients are inquiring about whether they should be obtaining a "genetic test" to help select the best antidepressant for them.

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Sometimes it can feel like a partner's low mood is contagious. We can take our stress home with us after a challenging day at work, or feel irritable or withdrawn for a variety of reasons, impacting the moods of other family members.

Depression and Your...

by: Christine Paprocki | Jan. 03, 2019

Sometimes it can feel like a partner's low mood is contagious. We can take our stress home with us after a challenging day at work, or feel irritable or withdrawn for a variety of reasons, impacting the moods of other family members.

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As we age, our general and mental health needs evolve to require more complex care. Individuals over the age of 60 are more likely to have chronic medical illnesses and be on multiple medications for things such as high blood pressure, diabetes,...

Geriatric Psychiatry

by: Ashley Bouzis | Feb. 06, 2018

As we age, our general and mental health needs evolve to require more complex care. Individuals over the age of 60 are more likely to have chronic medical illnesses and be on multiple medications for things such as high blood pressure, diabetes,...

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