Dr. Ranak Trivedi is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University and an investigator at the Center for Innovation to Implementation at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She received her PhD in clinical psychology with health psychology concentration from Duke University. Her research focuses on engaging groups that have been historically been marginalized, especially patients with mental health conditions and framily members, that is, family members or friends who provide informal care to patients. Her studies have provided insights into how framilies and chronically and seriously patients collaborate around their mutual health, understanding the impact of their interpersonal relationship on chronic illness self-management, and the individual, dyadic, and systems-level barriers that they encounter. She has developed two technology-enabled dyadic self-management programs to address the stress management needs of both patients and their framily. She has been PI or co-I on several VA and NIH funded projects, including the Elizabeth Dole National Center of Excellence for Veterans and Caregiver Research, a 4-site, virtual center of excellence to understand and address the unmet needs of caregivers of seriously ill Veterans. She directs and co-directs multiple postdoctoral and post-residency fellowships focusing on health services research, medical informatics, and the science of informal caregiving. Dr. Trivedi’s envisions health care system that are not only patient centered, but family centered, wherein family members and friends are engaged and empowered in navigating the healthcare system on the patient’s behalf while receiving the supports and services receive that they need.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?


4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?


5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

Hindi, Gujarati

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Theater Actor

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?


10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?


11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Fast reflexes

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

All About Agatha podcast; Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Read in bed

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Contact lenses, coffee, books.

15 What beverage gives you life?


16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Illusions by Richard Back

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

A clinical psychologist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Seeing the many problems in the world that need a solution. Support from loved ones.

19 What got you excited in science?

The possibility of inventing or discovering something new.

20 What excites you about science now?

Its potential of solving modern day problems and inform policy

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Crime thrillers

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Building banker boxes-I can build one in less than 30 seconds.

23 What is your favorite game?

College Basketball

24 What is the last book you read?

Maybe you should talk to someone by Lori Gottleib

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

There are 6 billion people in the world. (this was a while ago!). Of these, maybe you know 600. Of these, maybe you regularly see 60. Of these, you are close to 6. Of these 6, 3 will tell you one thing, and 3 will you tell the opposite. So don’t rely on others to tell you what to do!

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Climbing mountains-I have hiked a lot but have never summited a major mountain.

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Life will take weird twists and turns. You and those you love will face life-threatening illnesses. Continue believing in yourself. You have a lot to offer no matter what people say along the way. Also, learn how to manage money!

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Reading and exercising.

29 What is the last thing you watched?

She-Ra cartoon with my 5 year old

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

I have had a “mom purse” long before I became a mom-something for everyone!

31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

Illusions by Richard Bach

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Grilled cheese sandwich, Khichdi (an Indian dish made of rice and split pigeon peas)

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

July 28-the day my daughter was born.

35 What is your favorite plant?

Fiddle Leaf Fig

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Anything that reveals that women discovered something even though men are accredited for the advances.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?


39 What is your favorite sound?

My daughter’s laugh

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My ready and wide smile.

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?


42 What is your proudest moment?

Getting the Gold Medal in my undergraduate degree. I was never a great student and my parents always told my teachers that I would do well once I found something I liked. Turns out, they were right.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

A maple tree

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

The hills I see from my backyard.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I have lived in 2 countries, 5 states in the USA, and have moved 18 residences as an adult.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Kristin Schneider @drkrisschneider