Uma Rao

picture of Uma  Rao

Professor and Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
School of Medicine


MBBS (Equivalent to MD), Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, India

Email: umar@hs.uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
5251 California Avenue, Suite 240
Mail Code: 1680
Irvine, CA 92617
Research Interests
Adolescent mood disordeers, substance use disorders, obesity and pain
URLs
Academic Distinctions
Dr. Rao has completed her training in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook as well as a post-doctoral research fellowship in child Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. She is board certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Since completing training, she has had academic as well as clinical and research leadership positions in several nationally and internationally recognized academic institutions until she joined UCI in April 2017. Currently, she serves as Chief for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UCI, and the Director of Education and Research in Psychiatry at the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).

Dr. Rao is a clinical researcher and has received continuous funding support from the National Institutes of Health as well as private foundations and endowments. She has published numerous research articles and has received awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Indo-American Psychiatric Association and community agencies for scientific and volunteer contributions. She has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals and currently is the editor of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry News.
Awards and Honors
Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (National Institute of Mental Health) 1996-2002
Academic Senate Award (UCLA School of Medicine) 1997-1998
Stein-Oppenheimer Endowment Award for Promising Research Proposal
(UCLA School of Medicine) 1997-1998
Young Investigator Award (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia 1999-2002
and Depression)
Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Award for the Best Paper on Depression
or Suicide – Co-author (The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) 1999
Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Award for the Best Paper on Depression
or Suicide (The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) 2000
Visionary Award for Community Service and Research (Sierra Tucson Organization) 2010
Keynote Speaker (International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology) 2011
Outstanding Academician Award (Indo-American Psychiatric Association) 2014
Keynote Speaker (Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Mental Health Summit) 2018
Short Biography
Dr. Rao is Professor and Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). She is also the Director of Education and Research in Psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).
Dr. Rao has been involved in mood and substance use disorders research for over 30 years. Her primary areas of interest are adolescent depressive and addictive disorders, including neurobiological and psychosocial predictors of onset and longitudinal clinical course in youth with familial and/or environmental risk, developmental/ethnic influences on the phenomenology and neurobiological processes, and translational intervention research. Recently, she has extended her work to include physical/medical conditions that frequently co-occur with these disorders, specifically obesity and pain, from a health disparities perspective.
Dr. Rao has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health as well as private foundations for this work. She has published numerous research articles and has received awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Indo-American Psychiatric Association and community agencies for scientific and volunteer contributions.
Grants
R01 MD010148: "Ethnic Influences on Stress, Energy Balance and Obesity in Adolescents". Funded by NIH/NIMHD. Funding Period: 02/24/2017 to 02/28/2023.
R01 DA040966: "Prevention of Adolescent Risky Behaviors: Neural Markers of Intervention Effects". Funded by NIH/NIDA. Funding Period: 07/01/2017 to 03/31/2022.
R01 MH108155: "Effects of Childhood Maltreatment on Neurocircuitry in Adolescent Depression". Funded by NIH/NIMH. Funding Period: 08/01/2017 to 03/31/2023.
Professional Societies
Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Fellow, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Research Center
BRoAD Lab: https://sites.uci.edu/broad/
Last updated
01/19/2022