Heather M. Young Postdoctoral Scholar
Specialty: Delirium and delirium superimposed on dementia (DSD) in older adults, family caregiving

Priyanka Shrestha is a Heather M. Young Postdoctoral Scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She is mentored by Clinical Professor Deb Bakerjian and Family Caregiving Institute Director and Clinical Professor Theresa A. Harvath. Her research is focused on family engagement, family outcomes, and development of therapeutic family interventions associated with caregiving for older adults with delirium and delirium superimposed on dementia (DSD). Shrestha’s dissertation research focused on understanding family caregivers’ experiences caring for older adults with DSD as well as their knowledge, attitude and support needs associated with caregiving for persons with DSD.

Prior to joining the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Shrestha served as a research assistant at Penn State and for the past four years worked on a National-Institute-of-Health-(NIH)-funded study, Researching Efficient Approaches to Delirium Identification (READI). READI is a multisite study that represents a collaboration between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing to conduct a large implementation study of a brief, app-based delirium identification protocol. The study compared the performance of physicians, nurses and certified nursing assistants to a research-based reference standard. Shrestha has also collaborated in research data management and analysis as well as contributed toward several manuscripts with the team and continues to do so.

Shrestha earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from The Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing. She earned a Master of Gerontological Studies from Miami University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, from Purwanchal University, Nepal.

She has published articles in prominent publications in her field, including the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, International Journal of Older People Nursing and the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. She has led podium and poster presentations at several conferences, including the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Eastern Nursing Research Society and the American Delirium Society Annual Meeting.