Trupti Rao, Psy.D.

Westchester Institute for Human Development
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
in affiliation with New York Medical College
Cedarwood Hall
Valhalla, NY 10595
 
Phone: 914-493-8141
Email: TRao@wihd.org
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Last Updated: May 14, 2014

Trupti Rao
 

Discipline Coordinators: Psychology
Specialty Resource Contacts: Parents with Intellectual Disabilities
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Initial Evaluation and In-Home Assessments, Child Welfare
Project Impact
 
Discipline(s): Psychology
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership

Vita/Bio

Trupti Rao, Psy.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist in Child Welfare Services at WIHD and Co-Director of Psychology Training at WIHD.  Dr. Rao received her BA from Boston University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford.  At WIHD, Dr. Rao is the coordinator for an intensive in-home parenting program serving parents with intellectual disabilities, which uses a curriculum she co-developed to specifically address the specialized needs of this population.  Additional responsibilities include providing assessment and clinical services to children and families involved in the child welfare system and evaluating young children with developmental needs, as well as supervising graduate students in these activities.  Dr. Rao has presented at both local and national conferences, including the Annual International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment and the National Victims of Crime Conference.  Dr. Rao is an Assistant Professor of Practice on Disability and Health in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College.  She also serves as Vice-President on the Board for an organization that provides domestic violence supports to women of South Asian background. 

Clinical Experience 

  • NY State Licensed Psychologist, Child Welfare Program/Early Childhood Services, Westchester Institute for Human Development, Valhalla, NY (September 2004-Present)
    • Developed, coordinate and supervise an intensive parenting program for parents with intellectual disabilities. Conduct early intervention, preschool, functional behavioral, and psychological assessments for children with special needs and children in foster care, and conduct comprehensive family assessments.  Also conduct fire-setting risk evaluations and court-ordered adult psychological evaluations for cognitive and mental health functioning. Provide individual, family, and group psychotherapy, as well as training to parents, and testify in Family Court regarding clinical work when needed. Additionally, conduct a monthly adoption support group for adolescent girls. Provide supervision/seminars for psychology and social work graduate students, as well as coordinate training activities.  Supervise a research project for the LEND training program.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Westchester Institute for Human Development, Valhalla, NY (September 2003-August 2004)
  • Pre-Doctoral Intern, Village for Families & Children, Inc., Hartford, CT (September 2002-September 2003)

Academic Experience

  • Adjunct Facultyl, Mercy College Graduate Counseling Program (Spring 2007-Spring 2008) 

Presentations and Research Activities

  • Rao, T. (2013, October). Providing Intensive, In-Home Supports to Parents with Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Presentation given at The Association for Successful Parenting Innovative Partnership and Practice International Conference, Mystic, CT.
  • Rao, T. (2013, March). Practical Tips in Using Psychological Evaluations. Presentation sponsored by the Westchester County Coordinated Childrens Services Committee, Yonkers, NY.
  • Rao, T. & Nahum, L. (2013, March). Succeeding Socially. Presentation facilitated at the WIHD Self Advocacy Group, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2012, December). Best Practices in Clinical Evaluations for the Family Court. Presentation given at request of 2nd Judicial Department and Family Court Committee on Mental Health Evaluations, White Plains, NY.
  • Rao T., Duarte, S., Schulman, J., & Vasilevsky, M. (2012, May). Exploring Parental Learning Strategiesand Intellectual Disabilities in Evidence-Based Home Visitation Models. Poster presented at the LEND Annual Poster Presentation, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2011, June). Differential Ability Scale, 2nd Edition. Presentation given at the Evaluating Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2011, June). Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, 2nd Edition. Presentation given at the Evaluating Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T. & Grossman, P. (2011, May). Mental Health Treatment of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Presentation sponsored by the Westchester County Department of Community Health, Tarrytown, NY.
  • Rao, T., Fettmann, L., Blei, S., Cohen, L., & Tripodi, J. (2011, May). The Development of a User-Friendly Resource Website: Supporting the Needs of Adoptive Families in Westchester County. Poster presented at the LEND Annual Poster Presentation, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2011, May). Responding to the Challenges of Working with Children with Complex Needs: The Stress of Caring. Presentation given to the Alcott Early Intervention Center-Based Program, Scarsdale, NY.
  • Rao, T. & Grossman, P. (2011, April). Understanding the Needs of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: The DNA Strand Concept. Presentation sponsored by the Westchester County Department of Community Health, Tarrytown, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2011, February). The Developmental Risks Resulting from Exposure to Abuse & Neglect. Presentation given to WIHD Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellows, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2010, December). Protection of Human Subjects in Research. Presentation given to WIHD Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellows, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2010, October). Understanding Enuresis and Encopresis. Presentation given to Dutchess County Department of Social Services Caseworkers and Foster Parents, Poughkeepsie, NY.
  • Rao, T., Cox, L., Ciani, G., & Spears, K. (2010, May). Resources To Support Providers InTheir Work With Parents with Cognitive Disabilities. Poster presented at the LEND Annual Poster Presentation, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2010, April). The Developmental Risks Resulting from Exposure to Abuse & Neglect. Presentation given to WIHD Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellows, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T., Bertuzzi, C., Grayson, L., & Lasher, M. (2009, May). Supporting Parents with Cognitive Limitations: Practical Tools for Service Providers. Poster presented at the LEND Annual Poster Presentation, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T., Bertuzzi, C., Grayson, L., & Lasher, M. (2009, Nov.). Supporting Parents with Cognitive Limitations: Practical Tools for Service Providers. Poster presented at the AUCD Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C
  • Rao, T., Bertuzzi, C., Grayson, L., & Lasher, M. (2009, May). Supporting Parents with Cognitive Limitations: Practical Tools for Service Providers. Poster presented at the LEND Annual Poster Presentation, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2009, April). It Makes Me Feel Like Im Nobodys Sister: Understanding Loss and Grief in Foster Care and Adoption. Presentation given at the Fordham Universitys Childrens FIRST Scholars Conference, West Harrison, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2009, February). The Developmental Risks Resulting from Exposure to Abuse & Neglect. Presentation given to WIHD Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellows, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2009, January). Preventing Child Maltreatment through the Empowerment of Parents with Intellectual Disabilities. Workshops given at the 23rd Annual International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, San Diego, CA.
  • Cattan, L. & Rao, T. (2008, December). Understanding the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability System. Workshop given as part of a Building Bridges Training for Substance Abuse Professionals, White Plains, NY.
  • Rao, T., Becker, E., Sebro, T., & Severson, L. (2008, May). Technical Assistance Tools for Providers Working with Parents with Cognitive Disabilities. Poster presented at the LEND Annual Poster Presentation, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2008, Jan.). The Developmental Risks Resulting from Exposure to Abuse & Neglect. Presentation given to WIHD Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellows, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2008, Jan.). Healthy Development in 5- to 7-year-olds. Workshop given as part of a Westchester Jewish Community Services Early Childhood Development Course, White Plains, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2007, Dec.). Healthy Development in 4- and 5-year-olds. Workshop given as part of a Westchester Jewish Community Services Early Childhood Development Course, White Plains, NY.
  • Crimmins, D., Lutzker, J., Edwards, A., Breitner, W., & Rao, T. (2007, Nov.). Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Implementing Large-Scale, Evidenced Based Interventions to Reduce Child Maltreatment. Workshop given at the AUCD Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Rao, T., Obermeyer, I., Greene, C., Heller, M., & Breitner, W. (2007, Nov.). Project IMPACT: Empowering Parents with Cognitive Disabilities. Poster presented at the AUCD Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C
  • Rao, T. (2007, June). Providing Domestic Violence Services to South Asian Americans. Workshop given at the National Victims of Crime Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Rao, T. (2007, May). Project IMPACT: Empowering Parents with Cognitive Disabilities. Workshop given at the One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Rao, T. (2007, April). Project IMPACT: Empowering Parents with Cognitive Disabilities. Workshop given at the 16th Annual Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Portland, OR.
  • Rao, T. (2007, Feb.). Project IMPACT: Empowering Parents with Intellectual Disabilities. Presentation given at the Westchester Dept. of Social Services Multiple Challenges Training, White Plains, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2007, Jan.). The Developmental Risks Resulting from Exposure to Abuse & Neglect. Presentation given to WIHD Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellows, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T., Heller, M., & Breitner, W. (2006, Nov.). Project IMPACT: Empowering Parents with Intellectual Disabilities. Poster presented at the AUCD Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Rao, T. (2006, June). Project IMPACT: Empowering Parents with Intellectual Disabilities. Presentation given at the Westchester Dept. of Social Services Multiple Challenges Training, White Plains, NY.
  • Rao, T. & Heller, M. (2006, May). Project IMPACT: Empowering Parents with Intellectual Disabilities. Workshop given at the 27th Annual YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities Conference, Manhattan, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2004, June). The Relationship between Birth Parent Characteristics and Outcomes for Children in Foster Care. Presentation given to the Westchester Dept. of Social Services, White Plains, NY.
  • Breitner, W., Bryant, B., Eizik, A., & Rao, T. (2004, May). The Relationship between Birth Parent Characteristics and Outcomes for Children in Foster Care. Poster presented at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, Valhalla, NY.
  • Rao, T. (2004, March). Understanding the Barriers Associated with Providing Services to South Asian Americans. Panel workshop held at the Annual Yale Symposium on Domestic Violence, New Haven, CT.
  • Rao, T. (2003). Lifebooks: A Clinicians Guide to Implementation in a Therapeutic Setting. Unpublished Manual, Village for Families and Children, Hartford, CT.
  • Rao, T. (2003). The Impact of Acculturation on Levels of Self-Construal and Family Obligation: A Study of Indian-American Women. (Doctoral Dissertation, University of Hartford,). Dissertation Abstracts
    International, 4, 5B.
  • Bhide, K. & Rao, T. (2003, June). Understanding the Cultural Barriers Associated with Providing Services to Indian-Americans. Presentation given to members of CT Sexual Assault Services (CONNSACS), East Hartford, CT.
  • Heitler, L., Persaud, M., & Rao, T. (2000, May). Self-Concept and Loneliness in Multiracial Individuals in Support Groups. Poster presented at the Graduate Institute for Professional Psychology, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT.
  • Rao, T. (1999). Familial, Social, and Cultural Aspects of Emotional Expressiveness. Unpublished Bachelors thesis, Boston University, Boston, NY.

Service

  • Developed, coordinate and supervise an intensive parenting program for parents with intellectual disabilities
  • Conduct preschool and psychological assessments for children with special needs and children in foster care, as well as fire-setting risk evaluations.
  • Provide individual, family, and group psychotherapy, as well as training to parents, and testify in Family Court regarding clinical work when needed.
  • Provide supervision/seminars for psychology and social work graduate students, as well as coordinate training activities as Co-Director of Psychology Training.
  • Serve as study site coordinator for a longitudinal research study regarding early childhood development, which involves both conducting assessments and coordinating research activities.
  • Supervise a research project for the LEND training program. Participate on New York Medical College Admissions Committee as a Multi-Mini Interview (MMI) Interviewer and an agency-based committee which pre-screens research project proposals before IRB submission.
  • Collaborated on NIH-grant submission regarding pediatric sleep disorders. Previously conducted early intervention, functional behavioral, comprehensive family, and court-ordered adult assessments.
  • Conducted a monthly adoption support group for adolescent girls

Education

  • University of Hartford (APA Accredited Program), Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
  • Boston University, B.A. Psychology (Minor in Rehabilitation Counseling), Cum Laude with Distinction