Srijana Bajracharya

Retired Professor, Health Promotion and Physical Education
Specialty: Health Promotion and Physical Education

  • Ph.D., Health Education, Southern Illinois University, IL
  • Ph.D., Fisheries Biology, Auburn University, AL
  • M.S., Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • B.S., Trichandra Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)
Honors and Awards
  • Awarded London Sabbatical Program.  Completed teaching  a course on Sustainability Living: A Holistic Approach to Health in London Center(Spring, 2016)
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Teaching, Scholarship, and Service, Ithaca College, 2014
  • Best Paper Award, Academy of Business Research Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 2013.
  • Awarded Dean’s Excellence Award in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service, Ithaca College, 2012.
  • Nominated for American Association of Health Education (AAHE) Distinguished Service Award, 2010.
  • Promoted to full professor, Ithaca College, (2009) 
  • Awarded tenure, Ithaca College, (2007)
  • Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award, Ithaca College, (2006)
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle Community Award, UMPI Board of Visitors, (2002)
  • Interdisciplinary Teamwork, Leadership, and Student Mentoring Award, Interdisciplinary Training for Health Care for Rural Areas (ITHCRA) Project (2001)
  • Trustees' Professorship Award, University of Maine System (2000)
  • Nominated for Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Maine at Presque Isle (1998)
  • Awarded tenure, University of Maine at Presque Isle, 1997
  • First Place Awards, poster sessions, Research Symposium American College Health Association, Annual Meetings (1991 and 1992)
  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education (initiated 1991)
  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Scholastic Honor Society (initiated 1991)
  • Eta Sigma Gamma, National Professional Honorary for Men and Women in Health Science (initiated 1988)
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society for Agriculture (initiated 1983)
  • Fulbright Scholar, Graduate study in Fish Ecology, Auburn University (1980-1981)
  • Gold Medal for Scholastic Excellence, awarded by King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, Nepal (1974)
Courses Taught Undergraduate
  • Sustainable Living: A Holistic Approach to Health
  • Personal Health
  • Wellness: A Multicultural Perspective of Health and Healing
  • Development and Evaluation of Health Programs
  • Introduction to Health Education
  • Professional Leadership in Health
  • Community Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Human Sexuality
  • Faculty Sponsored Research
  • Epidemiological Approaches to Disease Prevention and Control
  • Grant Writing
  • Environmental Dimensions in Health Education 
  • Critical Perspective on Health and Physical Activity
  • Advanced Methods and Practices in Community Health Education
Research Interests
  • Sustainability
  • Community needs assessment
  • Program evaluation
  • Sexuality
  • Women's health
  • Substance abuse
  • Minority health
Recent Grants
  • Awarded Sabbatical Leave for 2015-2016 Academic Year. A Cross-Cultural Assessment of Pro-Environmental Sustatianability Behaviors and Policies. Spring, 2016
  • ICC Collaborative Mini-Grant, $1,400.00 with Kathryn Caldwell, to collaborate two undergraduate courses teaching strategies:  Sustainable Living: A Holistic Approach to Health (HLTH 21400) and Conservation Psychology (PSYC 235), Completed, spring, 2015.
  • Academic Challenge Funding Grant, $850.00 with students Sarita Paudel and Namrata Ojha, funded to support Strategies for Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Prevention workshop in Ithaca College, funded, 2014. Completed in spring 2015.
  • Academic Project Grant $750.00, funded to support Know 2 Be Well, a breast cancer education program, in Ithaca College, 2013. With Nahed Ali.
  • Partnership in Teaching Program Clynes Collaboration Grant, Ithaca College Sustainability Education: A Collaborative Project with Ithaca College, CayugaNature Center and South Hill Elementary School, Submitted in December, 2012.
  • Applying Science to Sustainability Grant, $1.000.00, Sustainable Health, Ithaca College-EcoVillage at Ithaca Partnership for Sustainability, $1,000.00, 2011
  • Summer Research Grant, An Evaluation Study of Outdoor Tobacco Smoking Policy in the City of Ithaca, 3,350.00, Ithaca College, 2011
  • Creative, Collaborative, and Community Service Project Grant, $750.00, Ithaca College, 2010
  • Academic Project Grant, $750.00.  Examining the College and University Community’s Perceptions of the Teaching Competencies of Faculty Members with English as a Second Language (ESL): A Pilot Study, Co-authored. Ithaca College, 2007
  • Creative, Collaborative, and Community Service Project Grant, $495.00, Ithaca College, 2006.
  • Applying Science to Sustainability Grant, $1.000.00, Sustainable Health, Ithaca College-EcoVillage at Ithaca Partnership for Sustainability, Ithaca College, 2006
  • Creative, Collaborative, and Community Service Project Grant, Ithaca College, 2005
  • Summer Research Grant, An Assessment of Knowledge Regarding Colorectal Cancer (CRC) and Perceived Benefits and Barriers to Screening for CRC among College/University Employees, Ithaca College. 2005
  • Collaborative NIH Grant with Cornell University: Family food decision-making: linking food systems and health outcomes, Spring, 2005, not funded.
  • The Instructional Development Fund, Attending a Pre-Convention Continuing Education Session on Environmental Health. Ithaca College, Fall 2004
  • Faculty Development Grant, Health Sciences and Human Performance, Ithaca College 2004
  • Academic Project Grant, Ithaca College, 2003
  • Gerontology Institute Faculty Grant, Ithaca College, 2003
  • Maine Campus Compact, $3,000.00 annually, The Learn and Serve America: Higher Education Program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (2001-2003).
  • Collaborative community and school health promotion program for the reduction of tobacco use and tobacco related chronic disease.  Co-authored and participated, Maine Bureau of Health, $325,800.00 (2001-2002).
  • Trustees' Professorship Award, $5,000.00.  An assessment of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding menopausal issues among women living in Maine. (2000 -2001).
  • Maine Campus Compact, Service-Learning in Rural Area Program, Improving awareness of multifaceted issues of substance use and violence, $5,000.00 Integrated two health education and one criminal justice class to design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive “Drug and Violence Awareness” event for school personnel. (2000).
Selected Publications
  • Bajracharya, S.M. (2017). Knowledge, Perceived Benefits and Barriers of College Employees Regarding Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening:  A Replication Study.  The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2017, pp.99-113. 

  • Bajracharya, S.M. and Maskey, V. (2016). Knowledge, Perceptions, and Behavior towards Sustainability: A Comparative Analysis.  International Journal of Sustainability Education. Vol 12 (3), 1-14. doi:10.18848/2325-1212/CGP

  • Bajracharya, S.M. & Wigglesworth, J.K. (2013). Colorectal Cancer Screening: Knowledge, Perceived Benefits and Barriers, and Intentions among College an University. American Journal of Health Education.44:2,88-95.

  • Constantinou, P., Bajracharya, S. M., & Baldwin, S. (2011). Perceptions Regarding International Faculty in the United States Colleges. The International Journal of Science in Society, 2, Number 3, 2011,

  • Bajracharya, S.M. (2009).  Emphasizing sustainable health and wellness in a health education curriculum.  American Journal of Health Education, 40, 56-64.

  • Bajracharya, S. M. (2008). Community-Based Health Education Intervention: A Service-Learning Approach. Forum on Public Policy. Available at:

  • Bajracharya, S. M.  (2006-2007). An assessment of the perceived barriers and strategies to promote early detection of colorectal cancer (CRC): A practitioners’ perspective. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 26 (1), 23-44.
  • Bajracharya, S. M., Bentley, M.  (2006). Health Status of Immigrants from Nepal in the  United States: Preliminary Findings and Methodological Issues.  International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 9, 92-107.
  • Bajracharya, S. M., Bell. C. & Bowler, S. (2004).  Partnership for a healthy community: A tobacco prevention program in Central Aroostook County (CAC).  American Journal of Health Education, 35, 301-304. 
  • Bajracharya, S.M.(1999).  Employer’s perceived importance and use of skills that are specific to health educators: A replication study in a rural setting. International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 2, 59-65
  • Bajracharya, S.M., Sarvela, P.D., & Isberner, F.R. (1995).  A retrospective study of first sexual intercourse experiences among undergraduates. Journal of American College Health, 43, 169-177
  • Sarvela, P.D., McDermott, R.J., Hoalt, P.N., Bajracharya, S.M., Marty, P.J., & Emery, E.M.  (1992). A multivariate assessment of high school student cigarette use, Journal of School Health, 62, 146-150.
  • Sarvela, P.D., Holcomb, D.R., Huetteman, J.K., Bajracharya, S.M., & Odulana, J.A.  (1991). A university employee health promotion program needs assessment.  Health Education, 22, 116-120.
  • Sarvela, P.D., Doidge-Huetteman, J.K., & Bajracharya, S.M. (1990).  Needs assessment for a university wellness center: A strategic planning project.  Health Values, 14, May/June, 24-32.
  • Sarvela, P.D., Pape, D.J., Odulana, J. & Bajracharya, S. (1990). Drinking, drug use, and driving among rural youth.  Journal of School Health, 60, 215-219.