Srijana Shrestha

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Phone: 508-286-3692


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


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.


! 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.

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),

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.

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:

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.

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Teaching Interests

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

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





Diana Davis Spencer Discovery Center 3310


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