B. Runi Mukherji

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Job title: 

Professor
Cognitive, Cross-cultural, Multi-cultural, Methodological & Neuropsychology

Phone: 

(516)876-3198

E-mail: 

mukherjib@oldwestbury.edu

Building: 

New Academic Building

Room: 

2067

Office hours: 

  • Mondays - Thursdays: 1pm-3pm

Courses taught: 

  • PY2010 Introduction to Psychology
  • PY3110 Research Methods I
  • PY3120 Research Methods II
  • PY3410 Cognitive Psychology
  • PY3620 Drugs & Behavior
  • PY3750 Psychology of Asian Americans
  • PY4100 Research Methods II: Basic Statistics for Psychologists
  • PY4230 The Psychobiology of Aging
  • PY4610 Clinical Neuropsychology
  • PY5410 Senior Seminar: The Psychology of Language
  • PY5610 Senior Seminar: Research Perspectives in Neuropsychology
  • PY5770 Senior Seminar: Cross-Cultural Issues
  • PY9990 Independent Study in Psychology: Critical & Analytical Writing Skills

Education: 

Degrees:

  • 1981 Ph.D. Experimental Cognitive Processes-Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY
  • 1973 M.S. Theoretical Physics-Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
  • 1971 B.S. Physics - Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

Awards: 

  • 2016 Citation Town of Hempstead, Women's History Month
  • 2016 Citation Office of the Executive, Nassau County
  • 2016 Citation, Noteworthy Achievement, Nassau County Legislature 
  • 2016 Indian American Forum, Outstanding Women's Achievement Award, 
  • 2014 Community Leader, Asian American Heritage Award, Nassau County
  • 2012 Citation for Distinguished Service to the Community, Office of the Executive
  • 2009 Citation, Community Service, Asian American Heritage Month
  • 2009 Chugh Outstanding Service Award, University Faculty Senate, SUNY
  • 2004 Leadership in Education and Community Service, Long Island Indian 
  • 1997 Distinguished Leader Award, Pragati (Asian Immigrant Women’s Rights)
  • 1996 Woman of Distinction, March of Dimes

Research interests: 

  • Cross-Cultural Issues in Illness and Wellness
  • Health Disparities in Immigrant Populations
  • Cross-cultural perspectives in aging
  • Cognitive processes and the effects of cultural context
  • First Generation College Student and First Generation to College students
  • in the academic context
  • Theoretical Physics: concepts and applications in psychological models
  • perception and cognition

Select publications & presentations: 

Publications:

[16] Neuwirth, L.S., Dacius, Jr. T.F., & Mukherji, B. Runi (2018). Teaching neuroanatomy through a historical context. The Journal for Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE), 16(2), E26-E31.

[15] Islam, N. Wyatt, L., Taher, M.D., Riley, L. Yandon, D. Tanner, M. Mukherji, B.R. Trinh-Shevrin, C. (2018). A culturally tailored community health worker intervention leads to improvement in patient-centered outcomes for immigrant patients with Type II Diabetes Mellitus. Clinical Diabetes: 1-12. https://doi.org//10.2337/cd17-0068/-/DC1 .

[14] Mukherji, B. R., Neuwirth, L.S. & Limonic, L. (2017). Making the case for real diversity: Redefining underrepresented minority students in public universities. Sage Open, Special Diversity Edition (April-June): 1-10. DOI: 10.1177/2158244017707796 

[13] Islam N, Riley L, Wyatt L, Tandon SD, Tanner M, Ratnam-Mukerji R, Rey M, Trinh-Shevrin C. (2014). Protocol for the DREAM Project (Diabetes Research, Education, and Action for Minorities): a randomized trial of a community health worker intervention to improve diabetic management and control among Bangladeshi adults in NYC. BMC Public Health, 14(1):177. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-177

[12] Islam N, Patel S, Wyatt L, Sim SC, Mukherji -Ratnam R, Chun K, Desai B, Tandon SD, Trinh-Shevrin C, Pollack H, and Kwon S. (2014). Consumer sources of health information among select Asian American immigrant groups in New York City. Health Communication, 31(2):1-10. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2014.944332

[11] Islam N, Wyatt L, Patel S, Shapiro E, Tandon D, Mukherji R, Tanner M, Rey M, Trinh-Shevrin C. (2013). Evaluation of a Community Health Worker Pilot Intervention to Improve Diabetes Management in Bangladeshi Immigrants with Type 2 Diabetes in New York City. Diabetes Educator. Published online, June 2013. Doi: 10.1177/0145721713491438

[10] Islam N, Tandon D; Mukherji R; Tanner M; Ghosh K; Alam G; Haq M; Rey M; Trinh-Shevrin C. (2012). Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Diabetes Control and Prevention in the New York City Bangladeshi Community: A Mixed-Methods Approach to Inform the Development of a Community Health Worker Intervention. American Journal of Public Health, 102(3): 486-90. PMCID: PMC3327415

[9] Mukherji, B.R. et al. (2004). Unlocking the Golden Door: A Report on the needs of South Asian New Yorkers. South Asian Council for Social Services.

[8] Mukherji, B.R. & Brodsky, P. (2001). The changing face of diversity: Minority Enrollment Trends in the State Operated Campuses of SUNY. SUNY Faculty Senate Operations Committee Report.

[7] Mukherji, B.R. (1997). Teaching and Learning Math in Jamaica: A cross-cultural analysis. International Journal of Group Tensions, 147-168.

[6] Mukherji, B.R. (1995). Cross-cultural issues in illness and wellness: Implications for depression. Journal of Social Distress and the Homelessness, 4(3), 203-217.

[5] Eisenstein, E.M., Mukherji, B.R., Cantos, El, & Bonheim, P. (1992). Early Detection of learning/memory deficits as a function of age correlated with brain MR imaging. Proceedings of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, New York.

[4] Adler, L.L., Davis, W.M., Mrinal, N.R., Mukherji, B.R., & Morgan, N. (1989). The perception of the mother-in-law in cross-cultural perspective, International Journal of Group Tensions, 20(3). 

[3] Mukherji, B.R., Abramson, L.Y., & Martin, D (1982). Induced Depressive mood and attributional patterns. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 49(1), 155-118.

[2] Mukherji, B.R. (1982). The "click" of comprehension, DOXA 

[1] Schvanevelt, R.W., Durso, F.T., & Mukherji, B .R. (1981). Category size and semantic similarity effects in lexical decisions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 8(1), 1-15.

Books/Chapters:

[8] Neuwirth, L.S., Ebrahimi, A., Mukherji, B.R. & Park, L. (2019). Addressing diverse college students and interdisciplinary learning experiences through online virtual laboratory instruction: A theoretical approach to error-based learning in biopsychology. In Information Resources Management Association (IRMA) (Ed.), Virtual reality in education: Breakthroughs in research and practice Volume II: Breakthroughs in research and practice: IGI Global 511-531.

[7] Neuwirth, L.S., Ebrahimi, A., Mukherji, B.R. & Park, L. (2018). Addressing diverse college students and interdisciplinary learning experiences through online virtual laboratory instruction: A theoretical approach to error-based learning in biopsychology. In A. Ursyn (Ed.), Visual Approaches to Cognitive Education with Technology Integration: IGI Global 283-303.

[6] Mukherji, B.R. & Brodsky, P. (2004). Budget Handbook. SUNY Faculty Senate Operations Committee Report: SUNY Press.

[5] Mukherji, B.R. & Velsor, K. (1999). Playing games: Educational Technology in the classroom. In W.L. Farmer & W.A. Barham (Eds.). Developmental Learners in Post-Secondary Institutions: Selected Affective and Cognitive Models. University Press of America.

[4] Mukherji, B.R. (1998). Cultural factors in the diagnosis and treatment of depression: A need for rethinking causality. In R. Javier (Ed.) Diagnosis and Intervention of Psychopathology: In Search of a New Paradigm: Jason Aronson Press.

[3] Kumar, U., Mrinal, N., & Mukherji, B.R. (1995). Traditional Healing in India. In L.A. Adler & B.R. Mukherji (Eds.) Spirit vs Scalpel: Traditional Healing and Modern Medicine. New York: Greenwood Publishing Group.

[2] Adler, L. L. & Mukherji, B.R. (1995). Spirit versus scalpel: Traditional healing and modern Psychotherapy. Prager Publishing

[1] Mukherji, B.R. & Lewittes, H.J. (1988). "I feel she will help me if she can": A study of older Black and White women's friendship patterns. In L.L. Adler (Ed.) Cross-Cultural Research in Human Development. New York: Praeger Press.

Presentations: 

[70] Mukherji, B.R. (2017). Teen Suicide. Roundtable Presentation, Mental Health Seminar Series, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin Queens and Long Island (AAPIQL), Levittown, NY. 

[69] Jagendorf, S., Mukherji, B.R., Smolar, R. (2017). Using a Cross-Cultural Toolkit to Internationalize your Curriculum, Association of International Education Administrators, Washington, Washington, D.C.

[68] Smolar, S. Mukherji, B.R., Jagendorf, S., Chandra, B. & Torvicia, P. (2016). Assessing Cross Cultural Skills in Experiential Learning and Study Abroad, Global Education Conference Online International). 

[67] Mukherji, B.R. (2016). Cultural Issues in the context of Health Care Part 1: The Older Indian Immigrant. Grand Rounds Presentation, Flushing Hospital, Queens, NY. 

[66] Mukherji, B.R., (2016). Cultural issues in the context of Health care: Older Asian Immigrants in Queens. Grand Rounds Presentation, Jamaica Hospital, Queens, NY.

[65] Mukherji, B.R. (2016). Effects of the Environment on the Developing Brain, Brain Awareness Week, SUNY College at Old Westbury, NY.

[64] Chandra, B. Jagendorf, S. Mukherji, B.R., & Torvicia, P. (2015). A Toolkit to measure Crosscuttural Experiential Learning. Collaborative Online International Learning Conference, SUNY Global Center, New York, NY. 

[63] Riley, L., Haq, G., Taher,M, Wyatt, L., Tandon, D., Tanner, M. , Naik, P. , Yousuf, S. Mukherji-Ratnam, R., Rey, M., Trinh-Shevrin, C. & Islam, N. (2014). Understanding Barriers to and Facilitators of Physical Activity and Stress Management among Bangladeshi Immigrants in New York City Using Qualitative Methods, 142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition New Orleans, LA.

[62] Cattabiani, R., Windle, H., Mukherji R. & Smolar, R. (2014) Colloquium on Internationalizing General Education: Fostering & Assessing Global Competencies in General Education, NAFSA Associational of International Educators, San Diego, CA. 

[61] Chandra, B., Jagendorf-Sobierajski, S., Landa, K., Mukherji, R., Smolar, R. & Torivicia, P. (2014) Evaluating international cross-cultural skills obtained in a study abroad, faculty-led trip, or a COIL course, Center for Collaborative Learning (COIL), Levin Institute, NY. 

[60] Riley, L., Alam, G., Haq, M., Taher, M.D., Wyatt, L., Tandon, D., Tanner, M., Naik, P., Yousuf, S., Mukherji-Ratnam, R., Rey, M., Trinh-Shevrin C., & Islam, N.. (2013). A randomized control-trial community health worker intervention to improve diabetes management in the New York City Bangladeshi community. Oral Presentation, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.

[59] Mukherji-Ratnam R. (2014). Providing Culturally Competent Mental Health Services for New Immigrant South Asian Populations, Mental Health of Asian Indian Americans: Issues and Culturally Appropriate Solutions, Office of Minority Affairs and National Affairs –Indian Asian Psychiatric Association, Flushing Hospital, New York, NY.

[58] Islam, N., Riley, L., Wyatt, L., Alam, G., Haq, M., Taher, M.D., Tandon, D., Tanner, M., Naik, P., Yousuf, S., Mukherji-Ratnam, R., Rey, M., & Trinh-Shevrin, C. (2013). A Randomized Control-Trial Community Health Worker Intervention to Improve Diabetes Management in the New York City Bangladeshi Community. Poster Presentation, NYU Department of Medicine Research Day, NYU Langone Medical Center. New York, NY.

[57] Mukherji, R., Chandra, B., Landa, K. & Smolar, R. (2014). Development of a Toolkit for International Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning Evaluation Project. Objects in the Mirror are Closer than they Appear: Reflection, Innovation, and Learning, SUNY Conference on Instructional Technology (CIT), Cornell, Ithaca, NY. 

[56] Smolar, R., Mukherji, B.R. & Suarez, J. (2012). Globalizing the SUNY General Education Curriculum. 2nd Intercultural Horizons Conference, SUNY Global Cente, NY. 

[55] Mukherji, B.R. (2008). Appropriate Sampling Methodologies in the diverse populations. Health Disparities Research and Training, Center for the Study of Asian American Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY.

[54] Mukherji, B.R. (2007). Statistical analyses in biomedical research: Promise and pitfalls. Health Disparities Research and Training, Center for the Study of Asian American Health, New York University School of Medicine. New York, NY.

[53] Mukherji, B.R. (2006). Sampling Methodologies: Knowing who and how to ask. Health Disparities Research Training Program, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, New York, NY

[52] Mukherji, B.R. (2006). Administration, Faculty, and Managed Professionals: SUNY 1995 – 2005. Teaching for Learning Annual Conference, SUNY College at Old Westbury, NY.

[51] Mukherji, B.R. & Brodsky, P. (2006). What is the true cost of instruction? An analysis of Administration, Faculty and the ‘Managed Professional’ SUNY 1995 -2005. University Faculty Senate Plenary Session, Plattsburgh, NY 

[50] Mukherji, B.R. & Navsaria, N. (2005). Coping with Chronic Illness: Understanding of Cultural Values to Promote Health and Wellness in Asian Communities. Cultural Competence and Mental Health Summit XIII, Fresno, CA. 

[49] Mukherji, B.R. (2005). Introduction to Biostatistics and Data Analysis. Health Disparities Research Training Program, Center for the Study of Asian American Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY.

[48] Mukherji, B.R. (2004). Research and training gaps in Asian American Health. 1st Annual Health Conference, Center for the Study of Asian American Health, New York University Medical School, New York, NY. 

[47] Mukherji, B.R. & Navsaria, N. (2004). Challenging the Myth of the Model Minority: The New South Asians of New York City. Mental Health Summit XII, Anaheim, CA. 

[46] Mukherji, B.R. & Navsaria, N. (2004). Access and outreach after 9/11: The South Asians of New York, 4th Annual Diversity Challenge, Boston College, Boston, MA. 

[45] Mukherji, B.R. & Fox, D. (1997). Characteristics of volunteers who work with people living with AIDS, Fifteenth Annual International AIDS Conference, Atlanta, GA.

[44] Mukherji, B.R. (1997). Students and Affirmative Action. Affirmative Action and Social Issues. American Association for Opinion Research, New York, NY.

[43] Mukherji, B.R. (1997). Quantum Physics, Ancient Hindu Texts and Healing: Integration Towards a New Paradigm, College of New Rochelle, Graduate Nursing Program, New Rochelle, NY.

[42] Mukherji, B.R. (1997). Women's Inclusion Activism: An Asian Indian Perspective, Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, NY.

[41] Mukherji, B.R. (1997). Depression and the Older Woman: Some issues in Cross-Cultural Diagnosis, Global Alliance for Women's Health, United Nations Plaza, New York, NY.

[40] Mukherji, B.R. (1996). The Older Asian-Asian Indian Immigrant Woman: An examination of some issues in aging in different cultures. 75th Annual Convention of the New York State Psychological Association, Buffalo, NY.

[39] Mukherji, B.R. (1996). Modern Medicine and Healing: Revisiting the Placebo Effect. 75th Annual Convention of the New York State Psychological Association, Buffalo, NY.

[38] Mukherji, B.R. (1996). Rewriting Herstory: Women and the Art of Healing. 75th Annual Convention of the New York State Psychological Association, Buffalo, NY.

[37] Mukherji, B.R. (1996). Women, Medicine, and Healing: The Need for a New Paradigm. 24th Annual Hunter College Psychology Convention, New York, NY.

[36] Mukherji, B.R. (1996). The Sharp Compassion of the Healer's Art. Global Alliance for Women's Health, United Nations Plaza, NY.

[35] Mukherji, B.R. (1995). Asian Indians in America: Focus on the Parents. New York State Psychological Association Annual Convention, Monticello, NY.

[34] Mukherji, B.R. & Wright, J. (1995). Learning Teaching by Teaching Learning. Teaching of Psychology Conference: Ideas and Innovation, Ellenville, NY.

[33] Mukherji, B.R. & Velsor, K. (1995). The globalization of education through the video game. Comparative and International Education Society, 39th Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, MA.

[32] Mukherji, B.R. (1994). Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Illness and Wellness: Implications for Depression. Fourth Annual Conference on Multicultural Perspectives on Mental Illness, St. John's University, Queens, NY.

[31] Mukherji, B.R. (1994). Consistence and change in acculturation among Asian Indian teenager in America. Symposium on Cross-Cultural Issues, 52nd Annual Convention of the International Council of Psychologists, Lisbon, Portugal.

[30] Mukherji, B.R. (1994). Asian Indian Families in the United States. New York State Psychological Association Annual Convention, Lake George, NY.

[29] Mukherji, B.R. & Rangan, J. (1994). Acculturation among Asian Indians in America: The Older Woman. Cross-Cultural Issues in Aging, Institute for Cross-Cultural and Cross-Ethnic Research, Molloy College, Rockville, NY.

[28] Mukherji, B.R. (1994). Self and Identify in Asian Indian Philosophy: Some implications for modern psychotherapy, Invited Colloquium, Department of Psychology, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY.

[27] Amorde, B. & Mukherji, B.R. (1993). Transcendental Meditation as an Alternative Intervention for Attention Deficit Disorder Children, Northeastern Educational Research Organization, Portland, OR.

[26] Mukherji, B.R. (1992). Research Perspectives on math education in the Caribbean, Symposium on Educational Issues in the Caribbean and Africa, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

[25] Mukherji, B.R. & Hummel-Rossi, B. (1992). Competence vs. Performance: A study of math strategies in preschool children. American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

[24] Hummel-Rossi, B. & Mukherji, B.R. (1992). Assessing children's attitudes toward math: some methodological issues. American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

[23] Mukherji, B.R. & Hummel-Rossi, B. (1991). A study of three preschools in Jamaica, Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

[22] Mukherji, B.R. & Hummel-Rossi, B. (1991). Teacher beliefs and math education in Jamaica, American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

[21] Mukherji, B.R. (1990). Modern Health care delivery: The need for sensitivity and diversity, Institute for Cross-Cultural and Cross-Ethnic Studies, Molloy College, New York, NY.

[20] Mukherji, B.R. (1989). A cross-cultural analysis of illness and wellness, Symposium on Issues in Cross-Cultural Research, Pace University, NY.

[19] Mukherji, B.R. (1989). The necessity for integration of non-traditional approaches to the concept of disease into modern health care delivery, Institute for Cross-Cultural and Cross-Ethnic Studies, New York, NY.

[18] Mukherji, B.R. & Adler, L.L. (1988). Varied Perception of Life Events: A comparison of two age groups, 46th Annual Convention of the International Council of Psychologists, Singapore, Malaysia.

[17] Mukherji, B.R. & Norwood, L.J. (1988). Test Anxiety and Performance. Self-esteem as a vulnerability factor, the Annual Meeting of the Society for Test Anxiety Research, Padua, Italy.

[16] Mukherji, B.R., Adler, L.L., Davis, W.M. (1987). Asian Indian Students in America: Socialization and changing perceptions of age, Symposium on Cross-Cultural Issues, 45th Annual Convention of the International Council of Psychologists, New York, NY.

[15] Adler, L.L. & Mukherji, B.R. (1987) Cross-cultural; comparisons of attitudes towards different age-related roles, e.g. the Mother-in-law, International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Kingston, NY.

[14] Martin, D. & Mukherji, B.R. (1987). Depressive inability to integrate new information: Clinical implications, Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

[13] Mukherji, B.R. & Lewittes, H.J. (1987). Friendships of elderly black and white women, New York State Psychological Association, New York, NY.

[12] Mukherji, B.R. (1986). LHPA axis activation and cognitive deficits: Implications for the clinician, Invited Colloquium, St. John's University, Queens, NY.

[11] Mukherji, B.R. & Martin, D. (1986). Depressive cognitive deficits: perseveration and the inability to integrate new information, Fifth Annual Applied Experimental Psychology Conference, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

[10] Mukherji, B.R., Tucker, C., Sondike, S. & Walter-Lee, D. (1986). Comparison of friendship patterns in older and younger people, New York State Association of Gerontological Educators.

[9] Mukherji, B.R. (1986). Patterns of cognitive deficits in depression: New methodologies for assessment, Invited Colloquium, St. John's University, Queens, NY.

[8] Mukherji, B.R. (1985). Schema-driven inference processing in depression: An application of experimental psychology to clinical diagnosis, Fourth Annual Applied Experimental Psychology Conference, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

[7] Lewittes, H.J. & Mukherji, B.R. (1984). The best friends of older black and white women, Fourth Annual Conference of the Northeastern Gerontological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

[6] Lewittes, H.J. & Mukherji, B.R. (1984). "I feel that she will help me if she can": A Study of Black and White Older Women's Friendships, The New York State Women's Studies Conference, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn NY.

[5] Mukherji, B.R. & Blattberg, K. (1983). The use of advertisements to teach language: The faces of Janus. 13th Annual Conference of the New York State Council on Linguistics, Queens College, Queens, NY.

[4] Mukherji, B.R. & Blattberg, K. (1983). Discourse Analysis: The Psychotherapeutic Dialogue, 13th Annual Conference of the New York State Council on Linguistics, Queens College, Queens, NY.

[3] Mukherji, B.R. & Abramson, L.Y. (1980). Going beyond the information given: A nondepressive bias. 51st Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Hartford, CT.

[2] Schvaneveldt, R.W., Durso, F.T. & Mukherji, B.R. (1979). Does semantic similarity inhibit negative decisions? 30th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, St. Louis, MO.

[1] Mukherji, B.R., Johnson, M.K. & Schvaneveldt, R.W. (1977). Memory for comparative sentences. 18th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, Washington, DC.