Shreya Bhandari, Ph.D., LISW

Social Work Program Director & Professor of Social Work

Shreya Bhandari


Shreya Bhandari is a social work educator, practitioner and researcher. In addition to serving as a faculty member, she is also the BSW Director of Social Work at PNW. She is excited to engage, serve and lead the social work program and the students in her new role.

Research Overview

Her current research interests include coping strategies and patterns of abuse among rural, pregnant and South Asian women in the United States as well as women in India who have experienced domestic violence. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presented her research in various national and international conferences. Her recent book South Asians in the US: A guide for social workers and other helping professionals is available on Amazon.

Select Publications

  • Bhandari, S. Ed. (2022). South Asians in the United States: A guide for social workers and other helping professionals. NASW Press
  • Bhandari, S. (2022) Lived experiences of abused South Asian women during the childbearing year. Greenwich Social Work Review, 3(1), 236- 251. Retrieved from
  • Bhandari, S. & Millner, U. (2022). Prevalence of domestic violence among South Asian women in the United States and mental health symptoms. Journal of International Women Studies, 24(5), Article 13. Available at:
  • Bhandari, S. (2022). Facilitators and Barriers to Addressing Domestic Violence among South Asian Women in the U.S. South Asian Journal of Law Policy and Social Research, 1(2), 73-96.

Teaching Focus

Dr. Bhandari enjoys teaching social work courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Particularly, she likes teaching courses on Cultural Diversity, Social Work Practice and Social Policy.

Previous Roles

Professor of Social Work and MASW director at Wright State University

Fun Fact

Though teaching comes naturally to me, (my mom is a teacher), never in a million years, did I think I would be a University Professor. Ask me about my personal and professional journey and I would be happy to share my experiences from both in India and the US.

Shreya Bhandari


(219) 989-2902

Office Location:

Hammond, Classroom Office Building (CLO) 394


  • Ph.D. – Social Work, University of Missouri
  • MSW- Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

Areas of Expertise

  • Violence Against Women
  • Domestic Violence
  • Mental health of South Asian community in the US

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • LISW – Licensed Independent Social Worker in Ohio
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) certified