Debjani Mukherjee

Display Name Debjani Mukherjee, PhD

Position Director, Donnelley Ethics Program
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Medical Education
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About Me

About Me

Dr. Mukherjee is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical ethicist. Her scholarship and practice are informed by over 24 years of clinical experience, working in 8 hospital settings (in Buffalo; Boston; Urbana; Chicago; Paris, France; and Kolkata, India). In 2006-07, Dr. Mukherjee was a Fulbright Scholar in Kolkata, India researching long-term adjustment to Traumatic Brain Injury. Her interests include ethical dilemmas posed by neurological impairments, the cultural contexts of medical decisions, and the impact of emotionally demanding cases on clinical staff. She is currently a clinical and research ethics consultant, chair of the Hospital Ethics Committee and on a steering committee for improving the Patient Experience. Dr. Mukherjee has lectured and published on topics ranging from ethical considerations in international traumatic brain injury research to an innovative model of clinical ethics consultation. She is currently the section editor of the Ethics/Legal column of the journal PM&R.


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Education & Professional Associations



    1986 - 1990
    BA in Psychology, Cornell University
    1994 - 1999
    MA in Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    1994 - 2000
    PhD in Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    2000 - 2002
    Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics


  • Treasurer
    Illinois MBSR/MBCT Consortium, 2014
  • Ethics/Legal feature editor
    PM&R (a publication of the American Academy of PM&R), 2014
  • Member
    American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, 2001

Honors & Awards

  • Magnuson Management Award
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2016
  • Henry B. Betts Innovation Award
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2014
  • Fulbright Faculty Research Award
    Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 2006 - 2007
  • German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst – DAAD) fellowship
    German Academic Exchange Service, 2004

Work History

  • 2009 - Present
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • 2009 - 2013
    Assistant Director of Graduate Studies
    Northwestern University Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program
  • 2007 - 2009
    Associate Director
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • 2004 - 2007
    Clinical Educator
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • 1995 - 2000
    Neuropsychology Assistant
    Carle Hospital and Clinic
  • 1992 - 1994
    Research and Clinical Coordinator
    Massachusetts General Hospital