Mulk Raj ’04 & Roma M. Raj ’04
Mulk Raj ’04 M.S.
College of Education and Human Services
Mulk Raj received his Ph.D. in India in 1993 and earned his master’s in mental health counseling from Wright State University in 2004 at the age of 71. Mulk is a veteran of four wars. His first visit to the United States was in 1964. Mulk was honored with the highest sports award by the president of India in 1965.
Since 2005, he has been volunteering for the American Red Cross as a counselor in national disasters along with his wife, Dr. Roma Raj, M.D. Mulk and Roma Raj provided mental health assistance to victims of Hurricanes Rita and Wilma in 2005, and floods in Oklahoma in 2007. He has co-authored a book titled Joyful Healthy Sex, along with his wife Roma and their former Veterans Administration internship supervisor and “guru” Frederick L. Peterson, Psy.D., to impact sexual health in their home country of India. The World Health Organization (WHO) has projected that level of HIV/AIDS infections will surpass 20 million in India by 2020. Together, they run a nonprofit organization called “The Counselors,” whose main mission is to provide mental health services to individuals, couples, and families in India.
Mulk Raj is an Arjuna Awardee mountaineer and Mount Everest veteran. Mulk and Roma have great regard for the faculty members of the university for their support, especially Gregory Bernhardt, Ed.D., Steve Fortson, Ph.D., and Mary Jones, Ph.D., who welcomed them with open arms when they first met in 2002.
Mulk and Roma are exponents of yoga and naturopathy and conduct seminars and workshops all over the United States.
Roma Raj received her medical degree (comparable to the M.D. degree in the United States) in India in 1963. She subsequently taught physiology at Lady Hardinge Medical College in India until 1975, when she resigned from a government job to take care of her two sons, Kaurik and Rishi Raj.
Roma earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Wright State University in 2004. While her husband, Mulk served in the military, Roma offered her services and support by taking care of the families of the troops Mulk commanded during the wars he fought and while he participated in counterinsurgency warfare (comparable to the counterinsurgency efforts currently under way in Iraq and Afghanistan). Roma volunteered to join her husband as a counselor for the American Red Cross in the United States during national disasters. They provided mental health assistance to victims of Hurricanes Rita and Wilma in 2005, and floods in Oklahoma in 2007, as well as tornadoes in Georgia in 2008. They also offered their services in disaster management for the Leprosy Mission in India. Roma Raj’s compassion for those in need, which she learned at Wright State University, has earned her the nickname “divine mother.”
The World Health Organization’s projection that India is likely to have 20 million cases of HIV positive by 2020 has motivated her to devote more energy to educating the masses in the scientific aspect of human sexuality. She is co-author of the book Joyful Healthy Sex along with her husband Mulk Raj, Ph.D., and their former Veterans Affairs internship supervisor and “guru,” Frederick L. Peterson, Psy.D.