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Dr. Mini Rao


Dr. Mini Rao is an Award Winning Psychologist who was awarded the Best Outgoing student in her BA and the 2nd rank in the University in her MA as well as stood first in her M.Phil. Her Ph.D thesis was published in the “Journal of Psychological Researches”, an International Journal.

She has a successful practice and has written over 100 articles on mental health in various newspapers and magazines and has monthly columns in five leading magazines.

She is also the Psychologist for the Chennai Plastic Surgery team where she evaluates patients before surgery and counsels them after surgery. She volunteers for Banyan (an NGO for destitute women) where she does individual and family therapy.

She has been the recipient of three awards which includes the “TEDx Star Award”, the “WE (Women’s Exclusive) Award and the “Penn Vetrikku Pinn Award”.

She was a panellist at the Women Manager’s Convention 2013, organized by the Madras Management Association (MMA), where she spoke about Re-inventing Equality.

She received a lot of positive feedback for her weekly television show on Jaya TV on mental health. She appeared in a controversial panel discussion on Sun TV about actresses and their controversies. She was recently featured on pepperstv as a woman icon where she spoke about her personal and professional life. She has spoken on various radio channels with regard to mental health. She also works with film directors who want her inputs for scripts relating to mental illness.

She will be doing case study analysis in a Television show named “Dr Mini Rao says......” which will go on the floor in a few months. She is planning to come out with a book of humour by end of this year which will be kept in the waiting room of doctors and dentists.

Her long term goal is to build a mental health facility in Chennai which is affordable and effective.

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