Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
Douglas Rait, Ph.D. is 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 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 in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and he was also honored 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. In addition to reviewing articles for several journals, he serves on the editorial board of Families, Systems, & Health. 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. Clinically, Dr. Rait's practice in Palo Alto includes work with couples and families, as well as individual children, adolescents, and adults.