Record of Nepali Psychologists

record-of-Nepali-psychologists-2019This open document was started to create a record of Nepali psychologists who have completed Masters, MPhil, PhD, or DPhil degree and who have had worked in the field. Some of the psychologists are now retired or are no longer with us while there are recent graduates too who have just began their career as a psychologist. The message was sent out to Nepalese Psychology Network (NEPsychNet) requesting members to provide their academic and contact details (See original message: Altogether 72 entries were made from November 2018 to March 2019. But contact details was entered for only 23 individuals. The quick go over in their current affiliation shows that majority of them are engaged in NGO/INGOs followed by academic institutions. The main information from the record has been synthesized here and this will be periodically updated as the document will stay online for new entries. It is important to remember that this record is not exhaustive and does not include all information related to persons (from Nepal) who have completed their studies in Psychology. It only reflects the information obtained voluntarily from NEPsychNet members and their referrals.

The name list has been arranged chronologically by year of completion of highest degree in Psychology:

S.No. Full Name University Academic Degree Completed Year
1 Panna Lal Pradhan University of Oregon, USA PhD 1962
2 Minakshi Nepal Banaras Hindu University, India PhD 1977
3 Kulanand Das Patna University, India PhD 1984
4 Ayan  Bahadur Shrestha Patna University, India PhD 1986
5 Sarvagya Narayan Shrestha Banaras Hindu University, India PhD 1988
6 Arzu Rana Punjab University, India PhD 1990
7 Shanta Niraula Banaras Hindu University, India PhD 1998
8 Bharati Adhikari Banaras  Hindu University, India PhD 2000
9 Shishir Subba University Of Copenhagen, Denmark PhD 2002
10 Nandita Sharma Tribhuvan University, Nepal PhD 2002
11 Gopi Lal Neupane Tribhuvan University, Nepal PhD 2004
12 Ganga Pathak Tribhuvan University, Nepal PhD 2012
13 Khagendra Prasad Subedi Pacific University, India PhD 2016
14 Ram P. Sapkota McGill University, Canada PhD 2017
15 Narayan Prasad Sharma  Unknown PhD 2018
16 Sumaya Rai  Unknown PhD 2019
17 Murari Prasad Regmi  Unknown PhD Unknown
18 Rita Shrestha University Of Delhi, India PhD Unknown
19 Sabitri Sthapit Unknown PhD Unknown
20 Tara Shah Unknown PhD Unknown
21 Ram Chandra Timothy Unknown PhD Unknown
22 Mita Rana Tribhuwan University, Nepal PhD Unknown
23 Kameshwor Yadav  Unknown PhD Unknown
24 Karuna Onta Unknown PhD Unknown
25 Niranjan Prasad Upadhaya Unknown PhD Unknown
26 Kedar B. Rayamajhi Unknown PhD Unknown
27 Kishor Adhikari Unknown PhD Unknown
28 Nawaraj Subba Tribhuwan University, Nepal PhD Unknown
29 Narendra Thagunna  Unknown PhD Unknown
30 Usha Kiran Subba Allahabad University, India D. Phil 2009
31 Trishna Bista Manipal University, India MPhil 2008
32 Anjan Kumar Dhakal Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital MPhil 2015
33 Sirjana Adhikari Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital MPhil 2016
34 Bhava Poudyal Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 1997
35 Chetana Lokshum Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 1997
36 Buddi Bahadur Khatri Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2000
37 Padma Prasad Ghimire Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2000
38 Nabin Bajracharya Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2003
39 Sandesh Dhakal Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2004
40 Khem Raj Bhatta Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2004
41 Sumitra Dhakal Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2006
42 Sita Maya Thing ,Lama Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2007
43 Sabitra Neupane Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2007
44 Sarita Shrestha Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2007
45 Shristi Shrestha Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2009
46 Rocky Maharjan Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2012
47 Sujen Man Maharjan Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2013
48 Suira Joshi Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2014
49 Upama Poudel Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2014
50 Ganesh Amgain Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2014
51 Reena Joshi Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2014
52 Fanindra Kumar Neupane Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2015
53 Renu Shakya Tribhuwan University, Nepal MA 2015
54 Arishma Shrestha Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India MA 2015
55 Jessica Manandhar Sabitribai Phule University of Pune, India MA 2015
56 Pragya Rimal Andhra University, Andhra Pradesh, India MA 2016
57 Pujan Sharma Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2016
58 Shyam Sundar Shrestha Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2016
59 Roshan Sintakala Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2016
60 Upasana Adhikari Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2016
61 Apsara Katuwal Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2016
62 Ruju Ghimire Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2017
63 Muna Lama Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2017
64 Kripa Sigdel Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2017
65 Prabin Shrestha Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2018
66 Pratima khatiwada Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2018
67 Sujan Shrestha Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2018
68 Rachana Shrestha Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2018
69 Rama Karki Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2018
70 Jeevan Gurung Tribhuvan University, Nepal MA 2018
71 Yubaraj Adhikari University of Liverpool, UK MSc 2017
72 Tapasya Budhathoky Bangalore University, India Msc 2018

Thank you to those who have voluntarily provided their information for this record. Feedback, additional information on the list above and new entries are welcome:

Please, spread a word if you know somebody who needs to be included here.

First Document (March 2019): record_of_Nepali_psychologists-March2019

Note: This file will be periodically updated on quarterly or biannual basis based on the new information obtained.


IMHCN 2018

It’s been exactly a month we organized International Mental Health Conference Nepal (IMHCN) 2018 after several months of preparation and collaboration between representatives from different government and non-government organizations working in the area of mental health in Nepal.


The lead organizer of the conference was Ministry of Health, Department of Health Services, Primary Health Care Revitalization Division. It took place in Park Village Resort, Kathmandu on 16 and 17 Feb, 2018. It was supported by 16 different organizations and academic institution composed of main organizing committee and seven sub-committees (Scientific, Communication & Media, Souvenir, Policy Discourse, Terminology Translation, Hospitality & Event Management and Finance & Logistics) dedicated to execute specific tasks related to the conference. I had an opportunity to be in the organizing committee and coordinator of Communication & Media Subcommittee. Other members of my committee were Suraj Shakya, Gopal Dhakal and Ritesh Khadka. I would like to thank them for their cooperation.


This conference addressed the mental health and psychosocial themes by presenting scientific studies and programmatic innovations by bringing together mental health & psychosocial professionals, academics, service users and related stakeholders in the common platform. Keynote and invited speakers gave special presentations on key themes related to mental health and psychosocial well-being. Researchers from Nepal and various countries shared their findings and field experiences. Presentations and debates focused on promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation approaches that contribute to improving mental health and psychosocial well-being.

Altogether 34 papers and 51 posters were presented/exhibited in the two-day conference. 6 keynote speakers and 4 invited speakers from Nepal and other countries highlighted the importance of mental health and psychosocial services and research. Over 350 participants attended the conference. Me along with four other ACF colleagues participated and we had one paper presentation by Karine Le Roch on FUSAM research and one poster exhibition related to one of the projects ACF implemented in Nuwakot and Rasuwa after the earthquakes.

The program book and presentations are now available in the website:


Missing Migrants of Nepal

Thousands of families and relatives of the missing persons all over the world continue to wait for their loved ones who have disappeared in course of armed conflict, disasters, migration or other events. They continue to live in ambiguity due to lack of accurate information. The ambiguous loss is one of the most painful, difficult loss to deal with as it is unclear and without closure.


Having worked with families of missing persons (during armed conflict: 1996-2006) in a comprehensive psychosocial program supported by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), I am thoughtful even more on this day about them and both their suffering and strength of facing such adversity. Nepal government has been trying to address the issues of families of missing in conflict through the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) while there has been little efforts made in search for missing migrants and helping their families. ICRC and Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) jointly have been trying to help such families through its tracing and restoring family links (RFL) activities. It is hard to estimate the number of missing migrants because little records are available.

In recent years, one of the major attempts to help Nepali migrants has been Safer Migration Project (SaMi), a bilateral initiative of the Governments of Nepal and Switzerland. HELVETAS Nepal and the Ministry of Labour and Employment are implementing the project at the district level in over 19 districts through local NGOs and government agencies. SaMi aims to promote safer and beneficial migration by helping migrants to be informed, skilled and safer in context of foreign employment. My interaction with colleagues and local people recently in Saptari and Dhading have indicated that SaMi project could produce some estimate of missing migrants that have been reported by the families in the Information and counseling centers (ICC).

Ms. Sanu Maya Aryal is a psychosocial counselor working in Chandrajyoti Integrated Development Society (CIDS) for Safer Migration (SaMi) project supported by Helvatas. She highlights the phenomenon of missing cases among migrant workers in Dhading district. In the last two years, they have helped over 411 migrants/their families in a comprehensive manner for safer migration. Out of 411, they have recorded 60 cases of still missing migrants and 14 cases have been solved which were initially recorded as missing.  The families are completely unaware of whereabouts of their loved ones who have gone for foreign employment. She herself is familiar with an agony of having a missing family member as her father had disappeared during an armed conflict.

Ms. Aryal says, “Definitely this issue of missing migrants has not received an adequate attention on the national level, I can say there are many unreported cases of missing migrants. I have been to places in Dhading where people do not speak Nepali, are illiterate and so poor (lack resources) that they cannot report the case of disappearance to the authorities or NGOs. One of the major challenges while coming across such cases is lack of proper documents with the family. They show us the photograph of a person which is like 7-8 years old and creates difficult for identification of the person.”

She recalls, “ It is a very challenging task to search for missing migrants. And sometimes, even when the person is helped to reestablish family relations, an unfortunate event can take place. It is not a happy ending. There was one case in which a female migrant had lost contact with family for over 5 years. The family reported her as missing and after much efforts, she was rescued back to Nepal. She had suffered as housemaid and had been traumatized. Upon her return, she was further traumatized when she came to know that her husband had remarried and she had little means to support her two children. She ultimately committed suicide.”


Migration is one of the major national issues with migrant population contributing to over one third of national GDP through remittance. Nepal is one of the countries with highly remittance-dependent economy in the world. It has been major force in improving economic conditions of majority of Nepali despite decades of political instability and pace of extremely slow development. It is important to note that it brought about many significant economic and social changes. The government of Nepal, concerned departments and related agencies should pay proper attention to migrants in general and also to the issue of missing migrants and their families.

Expressing solidarity with families of missing persons (in conflict and migration) on International Day of the Disappeared.


Nepal Floods MHPSS response

Dear All,

If some of you (voluntarily or in some organizational capacity) are interested for MHPSS response in flood and landslides affected regions of Nepal, then, kindly coordinate with Protection Cluster Nepal led by Department of Women and Children of Nepal government which is coordinating the efforts between different agencies and trying to facilitate the best ways to reach the most affected as soon as possible.

I would also like to share some resource which might be useful:

IFRC toolbox: Key Actions for Psychosocial Support in Flooding

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (2015). Nepal Earthquakes 2015: Desk Review of Existing Information with Relevance to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support; Kathmandu, Nepal.

James, L, Welton-Mitchell, C. & TPO Nepal (2016). Community-based disaster mental health intervention (CBDMI): Curriculum manual for use with communities affected by natural disasters in Nepal.

For general updates, you can follow:

Studying Psychology after SEE

This post might be useful for students who want to study Psychology after passing Secondary Education Examination (S.E.E) in grade 10. As psychology is taught under the faculty of Humanities, at least C+ is required to pursue studies in psychology.

Sujen Man Maharjan

This year’s SLC results came out few days before. SLC can be considered a ticket for higher education for Nepali students. I would like to share some information about studying psychology in Nepal after SLC.

Intermediate Level

With successful completion of SLC (School Leaving Certificate) exams, Nepali students complete their secondary education and get enrolled for Higher Secondary (grade 11 – 12) education under Higher secondary education Board (HSEB) under Ministry of Education. It offers four streams of studies: science, management, humanities and education. Psychology is taught under humanities and education streams in private colleges. There are limited colleges which offer psychology as one of the major subjects under Humanities.

See sample curriculum:

A Level

Another way of studying psychology is by getting enrolled in A level program. A-Level is an Advanced Level GCE (General Certificate of Education) qualification, equivalent to a two-year intermediate level, run under Cambridge…

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