Surita Rao, M.D.Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director, UConn Psychiatry Residency Program
- Education & Training
- Clinical Interests
- Committees & Organizations
Dr. Surita Rao is an associate professor and director of the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the UConn School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Rao was the service medical director in the Whiting Forensic Division, Connecticut Valley Hospital, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services from November 2014 through October 2015. She was chair and director of the behavioral health service line at Saint Francis Care from December 2002 through October 2014.
Dr. Rao has been on the faculty at both Yale and Emory Universities, and has been on the UConn School of Medicine faculty since 2008. Her clinical work has focused on addiction psychiatry. Upon completing her fellowship training, she worked as the medical director of the Methadone Maintenance Clinics at Yale University School of Medicine. She has worked with impaired physicians and other health care professionals.
Dr. Rao is on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and is vice chair of their national membership committee. She is past president of the Connecticut chapter of ASAM. Dr. Rao was chair of the physicians’ health committee at Saint Francis. She also serves on the board of the Hartford Dispensary.
She's done a variety of media appearances on television and radio over her career, including appearances on CNN and a pilot series of a radio show on Voice America Internet radio: "Mental Health with Dr. Surita Rao." Podcasts can be found online and through iTunes.
|M.B.B.S.||Bankura Sammilani Medical College||Psychiatry|
|Residency||Saint Vincent's Medical Center of Richmond||Psychiatry|
|Residency||Yale University School of Medicine||Psychiatry|
|Fellowship||Yale University School of Medicine||Addiction Psychiatry|
Addiction psychiatry, mood and anxiety disorders
|Name & Description||Category||Role||Type||Scope||Start Year||End Year|
|American Society of Addiction Medicine [ ASAM] ASAM Criteria Education Committee. The charge of this committee is to oversee the creation and delivery of live and online training for the ASAM Criteria® by developing a standardized training curriculum and overseeing faculty recruitment and training. This Committee is working on education of physicians and other healthcare professionals, on the PPC [ Patient placement criteria] for patients with substance use disorders.||Professional/Scientific Organization||Committee Member||External||National||2018|
|Addiction Task force, AADPRT [ American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training ]||Professional/Scientific Organization||Committee Member||External||National||2018||2018|
|Curriculum Evaluation Committee. [CEC] University of Connecticut School of Medicine.||Education Committee||Committee Member||UConn Health||University||2017|
|Alcohol and Drug Policy Council. State of Connecticut||Advisory Committee||Committee Member||External||State||2017|
|Executive Committee-Connecticut Chapter of ASAM [ American Society of Addiction Medicine]||Professional/Scientific Organization||Committee Member||External||State||2004||2018|
Addiction psychiatry, integrative medicine
|Title or Abstract||Type||Sponsor/Event||Date/Year||Location|
|Opioid Misuse and Addiction: A Contemporary American Tragedy||Plenary Lecture||American College of Healthcare Executives Annual Conference||2018||Chicago, Illinois|
|Epidemiology and Treatment of Opioid Addiction||Lecture||University of Connecticut||2018||UConn Health, Farmington, CT|
|Substance Use Disorders||Lecture||University of Connecticut, Department of Medicine||2018||UConn Health, Farmington, CT|
|Motivation Enhancement Therapy||Lecture||Beacon Health Options. Conference for Primary Care Providers||2018||Wallingford, CT|
|The Stages of Change: An Overview||Lecture||Project ECHO, Univ of CT, CHCAT||2018||State Wide Education Meeting via Video Conferencing|
|Motivation Enhancement Therapy||Lecture||Project ECHO, Univ of CT, CHCAT||2018||State Wide Education Meeting via Video Conferencing|
|Introduction to Addiction||Lecture||Project ECHO, Univ of CT, CHCAT||2018||State Wide Education Meeting via Video Conferencing|
|PROJECT ECHO : Chronic Pain and Addictions [Bimonthly September 2018 through present] Educational Presentation and Case Conferences for Primary Care Providers from Clinics across Connecticut.||Panel Discussion||Project ECHO, Univ of CT, CHCAT||2018||State Wide Education Meeting via Video Conferencing|
|Motivation Enhancement Therapy||Lecture||Generations Family Health Center [ Primary Care,Dental, Behavioral Health]||2018||Willimantic, Connecticut|
|Mood and Anxiety Disorders||Lecture||Generations Family Health Center [ Primary Care,Dental, Behavioral Health]||2018||Willimantic, Connecticut|
|Overview of Psychopharmacology||Lecture||Generations Family Health Center [ Primary Care,Dental, Behavioral Health]||2018||Willimantic, Connecticut|
|Opioid Use Disorder : Opioid Epidemic||Lecture||Generations Family Health Center [ Primary Care,Dental, Behavioral Health]||2018||Willimantic, Connecticut|
|Opioid Use: Framing the Epidemic||Lecture||Project ECHO||2018||State Wide Education Meeting via Video Conferencing|