Mrinalini Rao, Ph.D.

Mrinalini Rao, Ph.D.

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Mrinalini A. Rao, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Mrinalini’s research experience and interests lie at the intersection of developmental, counseling, and clinical psychology. Her research focuses on the developmental impact of interpersonal violence and aggression among adolescents, the prevention of interpersonal violence, and the promotion of positive youth development. Mrinalini is also interested in developmental methodologies and advanced statistical techniques. She is applying these interests to a collaborative project with Facebook Inc. examining adolescents’ social interactions online, particularly cyberbullying and other negative social experiences on the social networking website.

Mrinalini received her B.A. in psychology from Fergusson College, Pune, India, and an M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Pune, India. As an Illinois Distinguished Fellow she earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship at the University of Maryland, College Park where she provided individual and group therapy as well as psychological assessments to adolescents and young adults.