Kalpana Poudel-Tandukar
Position or Job Title
Associate Professor, Elaine Marieb College of Nursing
Email Address
kalpana@umass.edu
Phone Number
413 545-5095
Bio

My research interests lie in the area of behavioral and social science research on the causes of and solutions to mental health disparities among vulnerable populations including refugees, immigrants, and HIV-infected individuals. More specifically, the focus of my research is : a) in constructing the evidence base on the social determinants of health including clinical, socio-cultural, behavioral, and environmental determinants of mental health disparities using both qualitative and quantitative research methods; and b) in applied and translational research on the development and testing of culturally tailored preventative interventions to reduce mental health disparities among vulnerable populations. Presently, I have been designing, implementing, and evaluating the effects of a culturally tailored mental health intervention on various health outcomes (suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, and stress) among resettled Bhutanese adults in the Massachusetts using community engaged research approach. I have been studying socio-behavioral and clinical determinants of depression among HIV-infected individuals in Nepal and designing mental health intervention for this high-risk population.