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Douglas Rait, Ph.D.

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(650) 323-3219 


Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

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Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

Therapeutic alliance in couples and family therapy; work-couple-family balance; the influence of technology on family relationships; digital applications in the behavioral sciences; family adaptation to acute and chronic stress; and family-systems training in medical education.


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder (1985)
A.B. with Honors, magna cum laude, Religious Studies, Brown University (1979)


Dr. Douglas Rait is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief of the Couples and Family Therapy Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry.  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.  Until 2016, he was also the Director of the Family Therapy Program at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.  

Dr. Rait has been honored five times as Outstanding Professor of the Year by the PGSP/Stanford Consortium students.  He has also been twice honored by the graduating residents with the Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, the Academic Teaching Award, and the Most Inspiring Mentor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.  Dr. Rait teaches courses for and supervises psychiatric residents, postdoctoral fellows, and medical students in the School of Medicine, graduate students in the PGSP/Stanford Consortium, and undergraduate students at Stanford University.  He has written widely on the therapeutic alliance in couples and family therapy, family adaptation to chronic illness, and family therapy training.  His clinical practice in Palo Alto includes work with couples and families, as well as individual children, adolescents, and adults.


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Selected Publications: 

Glick, I., Rait, D., Heru, A., & Ascher, M. (2015). Couples and family therapy in clinical practice. 5th Edition. London: Wiley/Blackwell.

Rait, D. S. (2015). A family-centered approach to the patient with cancer. . In J. Holland, W. Breitbart, P. Jacobson, M. Loscalzo, R. McCorkle , P. Butow (Eds.), Psycho-Oncology: Third Edition. New York: Oxford Press. , 561-566.

Rait, D. S.(2012). Family therapy training in child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship programs. Academic Psychiatry36(6), 448-451.

Rait, D. S.(2012). Primary treatment approaches in child and adolescent psychiatry training. Academic Psychiatry36(6), 487-489.

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.,& Glick, I. (2008). A model for reintegrating couples and family therapy training in psychiatric residency programs. Academic Psychiatry32(2), 81-86.

Rait, D. S., & Glick, I. (2008). Reintegrating family therapy training in psychiatric residency programs: making the case. Academic Psychiatry32(2), 76-80.

Rait, D. S.(2000). The therapeutic alliance in couples and family therapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology56(2), 211-224.

Meyers, M., Diamond, R., Kezur, D., Scharf, C., Weinshel, M., & Rait, D. S. (1995). An infertility primer for family therapists. Family Process34(2), 219-229.



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