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Assoc Prof Sathya Rao Headshot

Assoc Prof Sathya Rao

Psychiatrist, Vic

Associate Professor Sathya Rao is the Executive Clinical Director of Spectrum, a statewide service specialising in personality disorder and complex trauma. He is also the Vice President of Australian Borderline Personality Disorder Foundation and the former head of psychiatry training for Victoria, RANZCP. He works part time as the Deputy Chief Psychiatrist of Victoria.

Dr Rao is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with training and backgrounds in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and psychodynamic therapies.

He was a member of BPD Guidelines Development Committee of National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC). Dr Rao is also involved in clinical research and has published more than 60 research papers, contributed chapters to books and has co-authored books on Personality Disorder.

Dr Rao has been actively involved in teaching and training activities across Australia for psychiatrists, GPs, and clinicians of allied health disciplines in the last 25 years. He has held the roles of Director of Training, Director of Advanced Training (Psychotherapies and Adult Psychiatry) and a mentor for IMG psychiatrists.

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our office is situated. We also acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.