ANITA RAO, M.D.
CHAMP10N Wellbeing® Medical Advisor
  • A physician specialized in psychiatry and public/private sector consultant with a unique interdisciplinarity background.

  • Senior Medical Officer of Mental Health Innovation at the Chicago Department of Public Health, a position she developed alongside the Chief Medical Officer and the Mayoral Office. 

  • Solo private practice where she clinically provides medication management and psychotherapy, "talk therapy.

  • First MIT Open Documentary Lab Fellow with a focus on mental health literacy.

  • First mental health correspondent for VICE Media and a national contributor to the National Alliance of Mental Illness.

  • Sits on the National Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association, the leading professional organization of psychiatrists in the United States, and the largest psychiatric organization in the world.

  • Completed her psychiatry residency at Northwestern University.

  • As a resident physician, she received the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine Educator Award for 2018.

  • Inducted into the Northwestern Feinberg Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

  • During her residency, she was a U.S. Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Minority Fellow.

  • A graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, where she received the Department of Psychiatry's Chairman Award.

  • Completed her B.S. in International Health at Georgetown University.

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CONVERSAT10N: Hear a conversation about being a CHAMP10N for people and finding a support team that is best for you. Sometimes, we confuse familiarity for knowledge, and it can be hard to change your perspective after awhile. Empathetic curiosity will allow you to find out what performance barriers the other person is facing from a place of kindness and support, rather than it being accusatory or cause more damage. Being kind and supportive during difficult times is a huge winning strategy to anchor in faith, love, and truth. We must move forward from a place of hope and acknowledge that we all struggle at times.

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