Dr Harish Rao

Consultant Adult Psychiatrist


Dr Harish Rao has been working as a consultant adult psychiatrist within NHS since 2009. He has a wide range of experience of working in both inpatient and community settings. He has been working in private practice since 2019.

Having completed post graduation in psychiatry both in India and the UK, he obtained his membership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2005 and CCT in 2009, with endorsement in addiction psychiatry.

Research Interests

  • Stigmatised attitudes about people with mental illness
  • DNA polymorphisms in alcoholism

Links to clinical articles/research papers

  • Lyndi Wiltshire, Heather Hurst, Harish Rao. Service users with diabetes in an acute inpatient setting. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, March / April 2015,Vol 4, No2, Pages 64-71.

  • Harish Rao & Jason Luty. The future of specialized alcohol treatment services: a matter of policy? Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 2009 v. 15, p. 253-259.

  • Rao, H.Mahadevappa, J. Luty et al, A study of stigmatized attitudes towards people with mental health problems among health professionals. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Volume 16, Issue 3, April 2009, Pages: 279-284
  • Jason Luty, Harish Rao et al, The repentant sinner: methods to reduce stigmatized attitudes towards mental illness Psychiatric Bulletin, Sep 2008; 32: 327 - 332.

  • Harish Rao. Integrated service for pregnant substance misusers: Seacole clinic, East London. SCAN Bites Autumn 2008 (Issue17): 12

  • Luty J, RaoH. Survey of professional attitudes to addiction treatment policy. Journal of substance use 2008, 13/2 (115-120)

  • Rao H, Luty J, Trathen B. Characteristics of patients who are violent to staff and towards other people from a community mental health service in South East England Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 2007 Dec, vol. 14, no. 8, p. 753-7
  • Trathen B, O-gara C, Sarkhel A, Sessay M, Rao H, Luty J.Co-morbidity and cannabis use in a mental health trust in South East England. Addictive behaviors, Oct 2007 (epub: 07 Mar 2007), vol. 32, no. 10, p. 2164-77

  • Rao H, Markar N. A pilot survey of service user involvement in C.P.A in a learning disability service. British Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 2006, 52/1 (29-36)

  • Taye T, Fineberg N, Sherman A J, Rao H, Creak D.Chronic Pain Disorder Manifesting as Dental Pain: Case Report. Dental Update 2006; 33: 54-56.

  • Moorthy R, Rao H Neuropsychiatric manifestations of a frontal lobe tumour a case study: Indian Journal of psychological medicine, 2003, 26(2), 38 – 40


  • English
  • Hindi


  • 1992 – 1998 – Government medical college, Mysore, India
  • 1999 – 2002 – Department of Psychiatry, Government medical college, Madurai, India
  • 2002 – 2006 – St Mary’s Basic Psychiatric rotation, London
  • 2006 – 2009 – St Bart’s and the Royal London Higher training scheme, London