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Debarati Mukherjee
INSPIRE Faculty

Debarati is an Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) Faculty Fellow at the Indian Institute of Public Health – Bangalore Campus. The goal of her INSPIRE project is to determine the association between stress and depressive symptoms among pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals in Indian worksites and assess the impact of depressive symptoms on adherence to a worksite-based intervention to reduce risk of cardiometabolic disorders. She is also part of a translational neuroscience network led by Prof. Vikram Patel that is currently focussing on developing portable technologies (eye-tracking, EEG and tablet-based serious games for cognitive assessments) to measure early childhood development and identification of neurodevelopmental disorders. She contributed and co-led the development, validation and large scale data collection on gamified tools for early neurodevelopmental assessments in preschool children in India, in addition to leading a systematic review of technology-based assessments for early identification of autism spectrum disorders. She is also very interested in developing contextualized interventions for children identified by these novel m-Health assessment tools to improve outcomes for those faltering in their development. In this regard, she is working on systematically reviewing interventions for optimizing early childhood development in the 0-3 years age range in low- and middle-income countries, to identify promising models that could be sustainably implemented in the Indian context at scale. She completed her PhD in Cell Biology from Purdue University, USA and trained in molecular neurobiology of Fragile X Syndrome at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India, funded by the prestigious Wellcome Trust-Department of Biotechnology India Alliance Early Career Fellowship. She has authored thirteen peer-reviewed publications, of which two are in the area of child developmental assessments so far.

Center Affiliations
  • IIPHH
  • CCCI
Areas of Expertise
  • Mental Health
  • Neonatal Health and Child Health
  • Research Methods