Srijana Shrestha

Associate Professor of Psychology




Psychology, Asian Studies


Diana Davis Spencer Discovery Center 3310

Office Hours: Tues: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Wed 3:30-4:30 p.m. Please send an email to request a virtual meeting.

(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


! Essa, S., Kaplan, J., Huang, S., Lazarescou, N., Banu, S., Du, Y. B., & Shrestha, S (revise and resubmit). “A successful partnership”: Pre-migration advantages and post-migration importance of community in refugee resettlement. Journal. Of International Migration and Integration.

!Kaplan, J., Lazarescou, N., Huang, S., Ali, S., Bau, S., Du, B. & Shrestha, S. (2021) Overview of challenges faced by refugees following resettlement in Houston, Texas: A qualitative study at five refugee resettlement agencies. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 18 (1). 1 – 12. doi: 10.1108/lJMHSC-01-2021-0009

Sibley, A. A., Shrestha, S., Lipovac-Dew, M. & Kunik, M. E. (2021). Addressing depression with/without coexisting anxiety in community-dwelling persons with dementia. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. doi: 10.1177/1533317521990267

Evans, T. L., Kunik, M. E., Snow, L., Shrestha, S., Richey, S., Ramsey, D., Yusuf, Z. & Amspoker, A. B. (2021) Validation of a brief screen to identify persons with dementia at risk for behavioral problems] Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication.https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464821996521

Rimal, P., Khadka, S., Bogati, B., Chaudhury, J., Rawat, L. K., Bhat, K. C., Manandhar, P., Citrin, D., Maru, D., Ekstrand, M., Sawar, S., B., Aryal, A. Bohrt, B., Shrestha, S. & Acharya, B. (2021). Adapting Motivational Interviewing, individual-focused intervention, in a cross-cultural, cross-linguistic setting, in rural Nepal. BMC Psychology, 9 (52), https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-021-00557-y

Rimal, P., Choudhury, N., Agrawal, P. Basnet, M., Bohara, B., Citrin, D., Dhungana, S. K., Gauchan, B., Gupta, P., Gupta, T. K., Halliday, S., Kadaya, B., Mahar, R., Maru, D., Nguyen, V., Poudel, S., Raut, A., Rawal, J., Sapkota, S., Schwarz, D., Schwarz, R., Shrestha, S., Sawar, S., Thapa, A., Thapa, P., White, R. & Acharya, B. (2021). Collaborative care model for depression in rural Nepal: A mixed methods implementation-effectiveness prospective cohort study. BMC Open, 11:e048481. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-048481.

Shrestha, S., Richey, S., Lipovas-Dew, M., Kunik, M.E., Stanley, M.A. & Amspoker, A. B., (2020). An Examination of Positive and Negative Dementia Caregiving Experiences. Clinical Gerontologist. 45(5), 1263-1272. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2020.1868033

Kunik, M.E., Stanley, M.A., Srijana, S., Ramsey D., Richey, S., Snow, L., Freshour, J., Evans, T., Newmark, M., Williams, S., Wilson, N., Amspoker, A.A. (2020). Aggression Prevention Training for individuals with dementia and their caregivers: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28 (6), 662 – 672. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2020.01.190

Shrestha, S., Ramos, K., Fletcher, T.L., Kraus-Schuman, C., Stanley, M.A., Ramsey, D. & Amspoker, A.B. (2019). Psychometric properties of worry and anxiety measures in a sample of African American and Caucasian older adults. Aging and Mental Health, 27, 1-7. doi:10.1080/13607863.2018.1544217

Davis, M. L., Hendrickson, J., Wilson, N., Shrestha, S., Amspoker, A. B., & Kunik, M. (2019). Taking care of the dyad: Frequency of caregiver assessment among Veterans with dementia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 67 (8), 1604 – 1609. doi: http://doi.org/10.111/jgs.15882

O’Brien, B., Shrestha, S., Stanley, M.A., Pargament, K.I., Cummings, J., Kunik, M.E., Fletcher, T.L., Cortes, J., Ramsey, D. & Amspoker A.B. (2019). Positive and negative religious coping as predictors of distress among minority older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 34, 54–59. https://doi.org/10.1002/gps.4983

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