Name: Parash Mani Bhandari 

Email Address: parash.bhandari@mail.mcgill.ca

Position: MSc Student

Biography:

Parash completed his undergraduate training in public health from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2016. He joined MSc Epidemiology program at McGill University in Fall 2018 and is receiving his training under the joint supervision of Dr. Andrea Benedetti and Dr. Brett D. Thombs. His research project evaluates the bias in cutoff identification and diagnostic accuracy estimates from data-driven approach to select cutoff thresholds, using individual participant data for Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.

Awards:

RI-MUHC Studentship Award ($9,125). Research Institute of the MUHC, 2019

- Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Excellence Scholarship (€46,000). Europubhealth+ Consortium, 2018 [declined]

Publications:

Adhikari B, Bhandari PM, Neupane D, Mishra SR. A retrospective analysis of mortality from 2015 Gorkha earthquakes of Nepal: evidence and future recommendations. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. (First View; https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2020.12)

 

Levis B, Benedetti A, Ioannidis JPA, Sun Y, Negeri Z, He C, Wu Y, Krishnan A, Bhandari PM, Neupane D, Imran M, Rice DB, Riehm KE, Saadat N, Azar M, Boruff J, Cuijpers P, Gilbody S, Kloda LA, McMillan D, Patten SB, Shrier I, Ziegelstein RC, Alamri SH, Amtmann D, Ayalon L, Baradaran HR, Beraldi A, Bernstein CN, Bhana A, Bombardier CH, Carter G, Chagas MH, Chibanda D, Clover K, Conwell Y, Diez-Quevedo C, Fann JR, Fischer FH, Gholizadeh L, Gibson LJ, Green EP, Greeno CG, Hall BJ, Haroz EE, Ismail K, Jette N, Khamseh ME, Kwan Y, Lara MA, Liu SI, Loureiro SR, Lowe B, Marrie RA, Marsh L, McGuire A, Muramatsu K, Navarrete L, Osorio FL, Petersen I, Picardi A, Pugh SL, Quinn TJ, Rooney AG, Shinn EH, Sidebottom A, Spangenberg L, Lynnette Tan PL, Taylor-Rowan M, Turner A, van Weert HC, Vohringer PA, Wagner LI, White J, Winkley K, Thombs BD. Patient Health Questionnaire-9 scores do not accurately estimate depression prevalence: individual participant data meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. (In Press; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.02.002)

 

Wu Y, Levis B, Sun Y, Krishnan A, He C, Riehm KE, Rice DB, Azar M, Yan XW, Neupane D, Bhandari PM, Imran M, Chiovitti MJ, Saadat N, Boruff JT, Cuijpers P, Gilbody S, McMillan D, Ioannidis JPA, Kloda LA, Patten SB, Shrier I, Ziegelstein RC, Henry M, Ismail Z, Loiselle CG, Mitchell ND, Tonelli M, Al-Adawi S, Beraldi A, Braeken APBM, Büel-Drabe N, Bunevicius A, Carter G, Chen CK, Cheung G, Clover K, Conroy RM, Cukor D, da Rocha E Silva CE, Dabscheck E, Daray FM, Douven E, Downing MG, Feinstein A, Ferentinos PP, Fischer FH, Flint AJ, Fujimori M, Gallagher P, Gandy M, Goebel S, Grassi L, Härter M, Jenewein J, Jetté N, Julião M, Kim JM, Kim SW, Kjærgaard M, Köhler S, Loosman WL, Löwe B, Martin-Santos R, Massardo L, Matsuoka Y, Mehnert A, Michopoulos I, Misery L, Navines R, O'Donnell ML, Öztürk A, Peceliuniene J, Pintor L, Ponsford JL, Quinn TJ, Reme SE, Reuter K, Rooney AG, Sánchez-González R, Schwarzbold ML, Senturk Cankorur V, Shaaban J, Sharpe L, Sharpe M, Simard S, Singer S, Stafford L, Stone J, Sultan S, Teixeira AL, Tiringer I, Turner A, Walker J, Walterfang M, Wang LJ, White J, Wong DK, Benedetti A, Thombs BD. Probability of major depression diagnostic classification based on the SCID, CIDI and MINI diagnostic interviews controlling for Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale - Depression subscale scores: An individual participant data meta-analysis of 73 primary studies. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2020;129:109892.

 

Levis B, McMillan D, Sun Y, He C, Rice DB, Krishnan A, Wu Y, Azar M, Sanchez TA, Chiovitti MJ, Bhandari PM, Neupane D, Saadat N, Riehm KE, Imran M, Boruff JT, Cuijpers P, Gilbody S, Ioannidis JPA, Kloda LA, Patten SB, Shrier I, Ziegelstein RC, Comeau L, Mitchell ND, Tonelli M, Vigod SN, Aceti F, Alvarado R, Alvarado-Esquivel C, Bakare MO, Barnes J, Beck CT, Bindt C, Boyce PM, Bunevicius A, Couto TCE, Chaudron LH, Correa H, de Figueiredo FP, Eapen V, Fernandes M, Figueiredo B, Fisher JRW, Garcia-Esteve L, Giardinelli L, Helle N, Howard LM, Khalifa DS, Kohlhoff J, Kusminskas L, Kozinszky Z, Lelli L, Leonardou AA, Lewis BA, Maes M, Meuti V, Nakić Radoš S, Navarro García P, Nishi D, Okitundu Luwa E-Andjafono D, Robertson-Blackmore E, Rochat TJ, Rowe HJ, Siu BWM, Skalkidou A, Stein A, Stewart RC, Su KP, Sundström-Poromaa I, Tadinac M, Tandon SD, Tendais I, Thiagayson P, Töreki A, Torres-Giménez A, Tran TD, Trevillion K, Turner K, Vega-Dienstmaier JM, Wynter K, Yonkers KA, Benedetti A, Thombs BD. Comparison of major depression diagnostic classification probability using the SCID, CIDI, and MINI diagnostic interviews among women in pregnancy or postpartum: An individual participant data meta-analysis. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. 2019; 28(4):e1803.

Thapa K, Bhandari PM, Neupane D, Bhochhibhoya S, Rajbhandari-Thapa J, Pathak RP. Physical activity and its correlates among higher secondary school students in an urban district of Nepal. BMC Public Health. 2019;19(1):886.

Neupane D, Bhandari PM, Thapa K, Bhochhibhoya S, Rijal S, Pathak RP. Self-reported child abuse in the home: a cross-sectional survey of prevalence, perpetrator characteristics and correlates among public secondary school students in Kathmandu, Nepal. BMJ Open. 2018;8:e018922.

 

Sharma A, Bhandari PM, Neupane D, Kaplan W, Mishra SR. Challenges constraining insulin access in Nepal – a country with no local insulin production. Int Health. 2018; 10(3):182-190.

 

Acharya P, Adhikari TB, Neupane D, Thapa K, Bhandari PM. Correlates of institutional deliveries among teenage and non-teenage mothers in Nepal. PLoS One. 2017; 12(10):e0185667.

Mishra SR, Dhimal M, Bhandari PM, Adhikari B. Sanitation for all: the global opportunity to increase transgenerational health gains and better understand the link between NCDs and NTDs. Trop Dis Travel Med Vaccines. 2017; 3:8.

  

Bhandari PM, Neupane D, Rijal S, Thapa K, Mishra SR, Poudyal AK. Sleep quality, internet addiction and depressive symptoms among undergraduate students in Nepal. BMC Psychiatry. 2017; 17:106.

 

Neupane D, Dhakal S, Thapa S, Bhandari PM, Mishra SR. Caregivers' attitude towards people with mental illness and perceived stigma: a cross-sectional study in a tertiary hospital in Nepal. PLoS One. 2016; 11(6): e0158113.

Bhandari PM, Thapa K, Dhakal S, Bhochhibhoya S, Deuja R, Acharya P, Mishra SR. Breast cancer literacy among higher secondary students: results from a cross-sectional study in Western Nepal. BMC Cancer. 2016; 16:119.

 

Mishra SR, Bhandari PM, Marahatta SB, Rana HKS, Acharya P, Khanal V. Current smokers' perception of cigarette graphic health warnings and smoking habits: a cross sectional study from Nepal. Health Prospect. 2016; 15(1):02-08.

 

Mishra SR, Sharma A, Bhandari PM, Bhochhibhoya S, Thapa K. Depression and health-related quality of life among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a cross-sectional study in Nepal. PLoS One. 2015; 10(11): e0141385.

 

Mishra SR, Neupane D, Bhandari PM, Khanal V, Kallestrup P. Burgeoning burden of non-communicable diseases in Nepal: a scoping review. Global Health. 2015; 11:32.

 

Mishra SR, Bhandari PM, Issa R, Neupane D, Gurung S, Khanal V. Climate change and adverse health events: community perceptions from the Tanahu district of Nepal. Environ Res Lett. 2015; 10 034007.

Presentations:

Bhandari PM, Levis B, Neupane D, Patten SB, Shrier I, Thombs BD, Benedetti A, and the DEPRESsion Screening Data (DEPRESSD) EPDS Collaboration. Bias in accuracy estimates from data-driven optimal cutoff selection: simulation study using EPDS IPDMA dataset. In Wu Y (Chair). Addressing challenges in evaluating depression screening tool accuracy via individual participant data meta-analysis (Symposium). 9th Interdisciplinary Conference in Psychology (ICP). Ottawa, Canada. May 2020.

 

Neupane D, Levis B, Bhandari PM, Thombs BD, Benedetti A, DEPRESsion Screening Data (DEPRESSD) Collaboration. Selective cutoff reporting in diagnostic accuracy studies of the PHQ-9 and EPDS depression screening tools.  In Wu Y (Chair). Addressing challenges in evaluating depression screening tool accuracy via individual participant data meta-analysis (Symposium). 9th Interdisciplinary Conference in Psychology (ICP). Ottawa, Canada. May 2020.

 

Levis B, Bhandari PM, Neupane D, Thombs BD, Benedetti A, and the DEPRESsion Screening Data (DEPRESSD) PHQ Collaboration. Bias in diagnostic accuracy estimates due to data-driven cutoff selection: a simulation study. Methods for Evaluation of medical prediction Models, Tests and Biomarkers (MEMTAB) Conference. Leuven, Belgium. July 2020.

 

Bhandari PM, Levis B, Neupane D, Patten SB, Shrier I, Thombs BD, Benedetti A, and the DEPRESsion Screening Data (DEPRESSD) EPDS Collaboration. Bias in diagnostic accuracy estimates due to data-driven cutoff selection: simulation study using individual participant data from 49 studies on the diagnostic accuracy of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. In Levis B (Chair). Use of individual participant data meta-analysis to address challenges in evaluating depression screening tool accuracy (Symposium). 81st Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. May 2020.

 

Neupane D, Levis B, Bhandari PM, Thombs BD, Benedetti A, and the DEPRESsion Screening Data (DEPRESSD) EPDS and PHQ-9 Collaboration. Selective cutoff reporting in studies of the accuracy of the PHQ-9 and EPDS depression screening tools: comparison of results based on published cutoffs versus all cutoffs using individual participant data meta-analysis. In Levis B (Chair). Use of individual participant data meta-analysis to address challenges in evaluating depression screening tool accuracy (Symposium). 81st Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. May 2020.

 

Thapa K, Bhandari PM, Neupane D, KC M, Mishra SR. Physical activity among higher secondary students in Rupandehi district of Nepal. First National Conference on Adolescent Health and Development, Kathmandu, Nepal. May 2016.

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