Satya Rao is Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, and Graduate Public Health Certificate Program Coordinator in the Department of Public Health Sciences at New Mexico State University. She also serves as the Academic Department Head of Public Health Sciences. Besides teaching, she is involved in research and service initiatives focused on violence, mental health, and suicide in communities of color, rural, and border communities. She has served as guest editor of journals and currently serves on editorial boards including Family & Community Health. She continues to serve as a reviewer of grants for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), of manuscripts for journals such as International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice and Violence and Victims, Crime and Justice Research, Family & Community Health, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Journal of Drug Education, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and American Journal of Health Studies, and abstract reviewer for the American Public Health Association (APHA) and New Mexico Public Health Association (NMPHA). She co-founded the Southern New Mexico Suicide Prevention and Survivors’ Support Coalition in 2011 to raise awareness, educate, and support families dealing with suicide. She served as chair of the New Mexico Injury Prevention Coalition and as Co-President of New Mexico Public Health Association (NMPHA) until April 2016. She is the PI on two funded projects, one from Con Alma Health Foundation and the other that focuses on alcohol use and misuse among college students.