Associate Prof Sathya Rao is the Executive Clinical Director of Spectrum, Personality Disorder Service for Victoria, Australia. He is also the Deputy President of Australian Borderline Personality Disorder Foundation. He holds the appointment of Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at Monash University.
He is a passionate advocate for BPD and has a keen interest in developing models of care for BPD. As a psychiatrist, he has provided secondary consultations and second opinions for patients with complex presentations of personality disorders in Victoria and interstate. He has been extensively involved in teaching and training activities. He was the head of psychiatry training for Victoria for Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). He has also held the roles of Director of Training, Director of Advanced Training and mentor for IMG psychiatrists. He was the past Director of Advanced Training in Psychotherapies, Victoria.
He is a 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), Australia.
Dr Rao has presented academic papers at national and international conferences and has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences. He has co-authored a book on BPD, contributed chapters on personality disorders to books and published papers in the field of BPD. He provides peer reviews for academic journals.