CHICAGO --- Debjani Mukherjee, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and of medical humanities and bioethics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, has received a Fulbright Scholars Award for 2006¬-2007.
She will spend nine months conducting research on the social and ethical dimensions of long-term adjustment to traumatic brain injury in Calcutta, India. She will be affiliated with the University of Calcutta's department of applied psychology.
Mukherjee is a clinical educator at the Donnelley Family Disability Ethics Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Her research interests are in psychosocial adjustment to traumatic brain injury, the cultural contexts of medical decisions and ethical dilemmas posed by neurological disorders.
Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the program provides funding for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
Before joining the Northwestern faculty in 2004, Mukherjee completed two years of postdoctoral training in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago and subsequently spent a year in Paris, helping to start the first Center for Clinical Ethics in France.