Rhitu Chatterjee is a health correspondent with NPR, with a focus on mental health. In addition to reporting on developments in psychology and psychiatry, she reports a lot on the social determinants of health. She has a particular interest in mental health problems faced by the most vulnerable, especially pregnant women and children, as well as racial minorities and undocumented immigrants.
Chatterjee has covered the many ways the pandemic has worsened the mental health of certain groups, especially children and how it has changed the public conversation on the topic. She has also reported on how chronic stress from racism has a devastating impact on pregnancy outcomes in black women, as well as how perinatal depression affects women and their children, and how to improve access to mental health care for pregnant and postpartum women.
Before coming to NPR, she spent years covering global health, science and the environment for The World from PRX. She's also worked as a New Delhi-based contributing correspondent for Science magazine.Chatterjee hails from India, but has been living in the United States for nearly two decades. When she's not working, she's either cooking big meals for family and friends or playing with her toddler.