Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas
Therapeutic alliance in couples and family therapy; family-systems training in medical education, work/family balance; the influence of technology on family relationships; and family adaptation to acute and chronic stress.
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder (1985)
A.B., Religious Studies, Brown University (1979)
Dr. Douglas Rait is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and serves as both the Chief of the Couples and Family Therapy Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of the Family Therapy Program at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Following his undergraduate degree at Brown University, Dr. Rait received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was a predoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital-Judge Baker Guidance Center, and continued as a post-doctoral fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell Medical College. In addition, he trained in couples and family therapy at The Ackerman Institute for the Family and as a family therapy supervisor with Dr. Salvador Minuchin at Family Studies in New York City.
Dr. Rait has been twice honored by the graduating residents with the Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and once as Most Inspiring Mentor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. He was also honored four times as Outstanding Professor of the Year by the PGSP/Stanford Consortium students. He teaches seminars for and supervises psychiatric residents, postdoctoral fellows, and medical students in the School of Medicine, psychology interns at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and graduate students in the PGSP/Stanford Consortium. Dr. Rait has written widely on the therapeutic alliance in couples and family therapy, family adaptation to chronic illness, and family therapy training, including Marital and Family Therapy: 4th Edition. Dr. Rait is currently engaged in a multi-center study of marital therapy, looking at mechanisms of change and the influence of the therapeutic alliance on treatment process and outcome. He is currently studying the relationship between therapeutic alliance, treatment process, and treatment outcomes in couples therapy in the VA health care system. Dr. Rait's clinical practice in Palo Alto includes work with couples and families, as well as individual children, adolescents, and adults.
Rait, D.S.(2010). Opening steps: A structural approach to working with couples. In A. S. Gurman (Ed.) Clinical casebook of couple therapy. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Rait, D. S.& Glick, I. D. (2010) Schizophrenia: A family psychoeducational approach. In C. Taylor (Ed.), How to practice evidence-based psychiatry: Basic principles and case studies (225-233). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.
Rait, D. S.(2012). Family therapy training in child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship programs. Academic Psychiatry, 36(6), 448-451.
Rait, D. S.(2012). Primary treatment approaches in child and adolescent psychiatry training. Academic Psychiatry, 36(6), 487-489.
Rait, D. S.,& Glick, I. (2008). A model for reintegrating couples and family therapy training in psychiatric residency programs. Academic Psychiatry, 32(2), 81-86.
Rait, D. S., & Glick, I. (2008). Reintegrating family therapy training in psychiatric residency programs: making the case. Academic Psychiatry, 32(2), 76-80.
Rait, D. S.(2000). The therapeutic alliance in couples and family therapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 56(2), 211-224.
Meyers, M., Diamond, R., Kezur, D., Scharf, C., Weinshel, M., & Rait, D. S. (1995). An infertility primer for family therapists. Family Process, 34(2), 219-229.