Dr. Anthony Rao holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Vanderbilt University and trained as a pediatric psychologist at Boston Children's Hospital. For more than 20 years, Dr. Rao worked in the Department of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital and served as instructor at Harvard Medical School, where he trained psychologists and physicians in the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or CBT.
Dr. Rao has been the featured expert on documentaries for the A&E series Investigative Reports and MTV's True Life series. Dr. Rao has been interviewed for articles in The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Parents Magazine, among many others. His editorial letters and opinions have appeared in a wide range of publications including Newsweek, Scientific American, The New York Times, and New York Magazine.
Dr. Rao has lectured extensively at universities, including Tufts University, Emerson College, and Boston University. He regularly presents at conferences, parenting groups, and conducts workshops for professionals around the country who work with children and young adults.
His first book, The Way of Boys: Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Boys is an expose about the crisis in American boyhood and urges parents, educators, pediatricians, psychologists, and other developmental experts to reevaluate and radically alter how we deal with our youngest boys. The book offers a clear-eyed examination of the cultural and psychological factors that have created our current approach to raising young boys. He explains the social, emotional, and intellectual growth of boys through colorful anecdotes and research. He teaches us to raise boys with respect for their natural development right from the start.
His most recent book, The Power of Agency: The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions & Create a Life on Your Own Terms, explores how rising anxiety and stress levels in America are eroding our personal and collective human agency. Highly accessible, it provides the reader 7 clear and empowering principles that help build confidence while conquering modern day challenges. For young and old alike, The Power of Agency helps all people live a more authentic, meaningful, positive life.
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