Rachel Burnett, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Rachel Burnett, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Washington, DC area with 25 years of experience, working primarily in the area of women’s health in hospital and medical clinic settings. Her long-standing professional aim is to help her patients live their fullest, healthiest lives by better understanding their strengths and limitations, developing self-compassion, and addressing barriers to achieving their goals. She is an expert in helping clients identify important personal objectives and facilitating emotional and behavioral change to achieve them. Her work with clients values deep empathy and is informed by the role of power structures in women’s development and life experience.


Dr. Burnett’s professional experience encompasses individual and group psychotherapy, consultation-liaison practice in hospitals, psychological aspects of weight management, educational groups supporting new mothers, emergency mental health services, intake evaluation for psychiatric inpatient units, trauma treatment, and advising graduate students on research projects. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Smith College School for Social Work. She received her PhD from Duke University in 1996.