Srijana Shrestha

Assistant Professor of Psychology




Psychology, Asian Studies


Diana Davis Spencer Discovery Center 3310

Tuesday 2-3 and Wednesday 1-3

(508) 286-3692


I am interested on examining ways to improve the access and quality of mental health care in underserved communities, in United States and internationally. Despite a high burden of mental health problems, disparate access to mental health access is well documented among minority groups in the United States. My past projects examined ways to expand the reach of evidence-based practices to low-income, minority elder and caregivers of people with dementia.

I collected my dissertation data in Nepal examining the narratives of older Nepali women on quality of life. As I return to Nepal, my plan is to integrate my interests in elder care and mental health service utilization. I want to examine existing mental health care systems, including elder care, and contribute to the development of a trained workforce equipped to address the unique mental health needs in Nepal.


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Women’s Studies with a minor in Gerontology

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies

Rutgers University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Research Interests

Aging and mental health, mental health in diverse contexts, utilization of mental health services in underserved communities, discourse on diversity using a feminist framework

Teaching Interests

Aging and Mental Health, Abnormal Psychology, Global/Multicultural Psychology, Qualitative Methods, and Psychology of Women and Gender


Shrestha, S., Ramos, K., Kunik, M., Stanley, M., Cummings, J., Armento, M. & Amspoker, A. (accepted) An examination of psychometric properties of anxiety measures among African American seniors. Aging and Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1544217.

Stanley, M.A.; Wilson, N.L.; Shrestha, S., Amspoker, A.B.; Wagener, P.; Bavineau, J.; Turner, M.; Barrera, T.; Freshour, J.; Kraus-Schuman, C.; Kunik, M.E. (2018) Community-based Outreach and Treatment for Underserved Older Adults with Clinically Significant Worry: A Randomized Controlled Trial. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2018.07.011

Shrestha, S., Kunik, M., Wilson, N., Barrera, T., Freshour, J., Kraus, C., Bavineau, J., Turner, M. & Stanley, M. (2017) Culturally tailored treatment of clinically significant worry among low-income, minority participants. Journal of Psychiatric Practice. 23(3), 180-190. doi:10.1080/07317115.2016.1254133

Shrestha, S. & Zarit, S. H. (2012). Cultural and contextual analysis of quality of life among older Nepali women (2012). Journal of CrossCultural Gerontology. 27(2), 163 – 182. doi: 10.1007/s10823-012-9167-0