• Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Acting Associate Dean, School of Public Health
Deepa Rao

325 9th Ave
Box 359931
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

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Deepa Rao, Ph.D., M.A. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is the Director of the Global Health MPH program as well as Associate Director of Global Mental Health in the Department of Global Health. Her professional interests are in implementing and disseminating effective behavioral interventions in non-psychiatric settings to improve mental health, reduce stigma, and help people better engage in the care.

  • PhD (Illinois Institute of Technology)
  • MA (University of Chicago)
  • BA (University of Chicago)
  • Kannada
Health Topics 
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Disease (incl. Cardiovascular, Diabetes)
  • Education and Training
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Interventions
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Implementation Science
  • Mental Health
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

Global Mental Health, Stigma Reduction, Chronic Disease, HIV/AIDS, and Social Justice and Human Rights


Rao, D., Elshafei, A., Nguyen, M., Hatzenbuehler, M.L., Frey, S., Go, V. (2019). Multi-level Stigma Interventions: State of the Science and Future Directions. BMC Medicine, 17(1).

Rao, D., Andrasik, M., Lipira, L. (2018). HIV Stigma among Black Women in the United States: Intersectionality, Support, Resilience. American Journal of Public Health, 108 (4), 446-448.

Kemp, C., Lipira, L., Huh, D., Nevin, P.E., Turan, J., Simoni, J.M., Cohn, S.E., Bahk, M., Berzins, B., Andrasik, M., Mugavero, M., Rao, D.* (2019). HIV stigma and viral load among African-American women receiving treatment for HIV: A longitudinal analysis. AIDS, 33(9):1511-1519.

Rao, D., Kumar, S., Mohanraj, R., Frey, S., Manhart, L., Kaysen, D. (2016). The Impact of Domestic Violence and Depressive Symptoms on Preterm Birth in South India. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(2), 225-232.