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Dr.Nidup Dorji

Name: Dr Nidup Dorji

Designation: Assistant Professor


Dr Nidup Dorji is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing and Public Health (FNPH), Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan. After obtaining his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health from Queensland University of Technology, Australia, he rigorously worked in the area of wellbeing, happiness, and quality of life among older adults in Bhutan. He also obtained his Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), Canada. He has published scientific articles and book chapters in the national and international peer-reviewed journals and book as first and second author through independent research undertakings and collaborations. As health educationist, Dr Dorji is currently teaching international public health, epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental health, sexual and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS, and health research at FNPH. He is also the advocator of GNH. His special interests are in the areas of prevention of stressful life experiences and adverse childhood experiences, promotion of positive childhood experiences and their lifelong influence on the health and wellbeing, in addition to happiness, quality of life, elderly health, life skills education, end-of-life care and spirituality and Buddhist psychology. Being the firm believer in the philosophy of pragmatism, mixed-method research undertakings has become his passion. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Management, Thai Journal of Public Health, and reviewed and critiqued numerous scientific papers.     


Book Chapter

  1. Dorji, N. (2022). Chapter 19: “Older Adults’ Happiness and Quality of Life: Spiritualism, Social Connectedness, and Health Status”. Title Book: Springer Handbook of Health and Well-being: Challenges, Strategies and Future Trends. Springer Nature.
  2. Deb.S., Dorji.N, Sunny.A.M., & Deb.S. (2022). Chapter 15:COVID-19 and Mental Health of Indian Youth: Association with Background Variables and Stress”. Title Book: Springer Handbook of Health and Well-being: Challenges, Strategies and Future Trends. Springer Nature.

Monograph and thesis

  1. Thesis: “Adverse life experiences and quality of life among senior citizens of Bhutan”, School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, 2013-2016. Available at https://eprints.qut.edu.au/101525/
  2. Monograph: “Chewing of Betel Quid among Health Care Providers in Thimphu, Bhutan”. Lambert Academic Publishing House. ISBN 978-3-8433-8396-7. (2012). Available at https://www.amazon.com/Chewing-Health-Providers-Thimphu-Bhutan/dp/3843383960 

Research articles

  1. Dorji. N, Pacheun. O and Boonshuyar C. “Chewing of betel Quid: Why health care providers in Thimphu, Bhutan do it?” J Med Assoc Thai Vol. 95 Suppl. 2012. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23130501
  2. Dorji, N., Dunne, P.M, Seib, C. and Deb, S. “Quality of Life among Senior Citizens in Bhutan: Associations with Adverse Life Experiences, Chronic Diseases, Spirituality, and Social Connectedness”. (2017). Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. Vol 29(1) 35-46. Available at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1010539516685609     
  3. Dorji, N. “Cessation of Betel Quid Chewing: Lessons from the ex-chewers”. Bhutan Health Journal, 2017, Vol. 2(3). 1-6. Available at http://www.bhj.com.bt/index.php/bhj/article/view/40 
  4. Dorji, N., Dunne, P.M, Seib, C. and Deb, S. “Health-related quality of life and co-morbidities among older adults in Bhutan”. 2018. Bhutan Health Journal. Vol. 4(2). 15-24. Available at http://www.bhj.com.bt/index.php/bhj/article/view/72
  5. Dorji, N., Dunne, M., Gurung, M. “Socio-demographic correlates of psychological wellbeing among older adults in Bhutan”. (2019). Environ Soc Psychol, 4(2); doi: 10.18063/esp.v3.i2.782. Available at http://ojs.whioce.com/index.php/esp/article/view/782
  6. Dorji, N., Dunne, M., Seib, C., Deb, Si., & Lui, P.S.C. “Perceived Benefits of Spirituality and Religiosity on Health among Senior Citizens of Bhutan: A Mixed-methods Approach”. (2019). Thai Journal of Public Health (493), 300-213. Available at https://www.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jph/article/view/232482
  7. Dorji, N., Dunne, P.M, Seib, C. and Deb, S. “Adverse childhood experiences: Associations with physical and mental health conditions among older adults in Bhutan”. (2020). Public Health. 182: p. 173-178 Available at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0033350620300524?dgcid=author
  8. Dorji, N., S. Lapierre, and D.A.C. Dransart. “Perception of Medical Assistance in Dying Among Asian Buddhists Living in Montreal, Canada”. (2020). OMEGA – Journal of Death and Dying, 2020: p. 0030222820948645. Available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0030222820948645
  9. Dorji, N., & S. Lapierre. “Perception of death and preference for end-of-life care among Asian Buddhists living in Montreal, Canada”. (2021). Journal of Death Studies. Available at https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2021.1872743 
  10. Dorji, N., & Lhamo, P.S. “Nothing lasts forever”: A reminder from COVID-19 pandemic”. (2021). Thai Journal of Public Health. Vol. 51 (3). Available at https://www.ph.mahidol.ac.th/thjph/journal/51_3/
  11. Dukpa, T., Dorji, N., Thinley, S., Wangchuk, Tshering, K, Gyen, K., et al. “Soil-Tramsmitted Helminth infections reduction in Bhutan: A report of 29 years of deworming”. (2020). PLoS ONE 15(1): e0227273. Available at https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0227273
  12. Rai, R., Fritschi, L., Carey, RN, Lewkowski,K, Glass, DC., Dorji, N., & EI-Zaemey,S. “The estimated prevalence of exposure to carcinogens, asthmagens, and ototoxic agents among healthcare workers in Australia”. (2020). American Journal of Industrial Medicine. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23108. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32236973
  13. Lui, P.S.C. & Dorji, N. (2020). “Prevalence and predictors of lower urinary tract symptoms in Solomon Islander men aged 18 years and over”. (2020). Journal of Clinical Urology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2051415820945537
  14. Rai, R., EI-Zaemey,S., Dorji, N. & Fritschi, L., “Reliability and Validity of an Adapted Questionnaire Assessing Occupational Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals among HealthCare Workers in Bhutan”. (2020). International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 11(3):128-139. Available at https://www.theijoem.com/ijoem/index.php/ijoem/article/view/1878
  15. Rai, R., EI-Zaemey,S., Dorji, N. & Fritschi, L., “Occupational exposures to hazardous chemicals and agents among healthcare workers in Bhutan”. (2020). American Journal of Industrial Medicine. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajim.23192. DOI: 10.1002/ajim.23192; 63:1109–1115.
  16. Rai R, EI-Zaemey S, Dorji, N., Rai BD, & Fritschi L. “Exposure to Occupational Hazards among Health Care Workers in Low – and Middle-Income Countries: A Scoping Review”. (2021). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18(5):2603. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052603
  17. Wangchuk, Chuki, P., Dorji, K., Dhendup, T., & Dorji, N. (2021). “Prevalence and risk factors of pulmonary tuberculosis among people living with diabetes mellitus at the National Referral Hospital, Thimphu, Bhutan.” Bhutan Health Journal. 7(1): 24-28. Available at https://doi.org/10.47811/bhj.116
  18. Choden, K. & Dorji, N. (2021). “Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of nurse-midwives on the use of partograph in health care centres of Bhutan.” Bhutan Health Journal. 7(1):  10-15. Available at https://doi.org/10.47811/bhj.114
  19. Kohori-Segawa, H., Uematsu, H., Dorji. N., Wangdi, W., Dorjee, C., Yangchen, P., Kunisawa, S., Sakamoto, R., & Imanaka, Y. (2021). “Gender with marital status, cultural differences, and vulnerability to hypertension: Findings from the national survey for noncommunicable disease risk factors and mental health using WHO STEPS in Bhutan”.  PLoS ONE 16(8): e0256811. Available at https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0256811  
  20. Dorji, T., Dorji, N., Yangdon, K., Gyeltshen, D., & Tenzin, L. (2022). Exploring the Ethical Dilemmas in End-of-Life Care and the Concept of a Good Death in Bhutan. Asian Bioethics Review, 1-7. Available at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41649-021-00199-7

  Mentorship Role

  1. Mentoring a Master’s degree research students of the College of Science and Technology, Rinchendhing, Phuntsholing. Royal University of Bhutan. Title of the project “Appraisal of Managerial Traits in the Success of Construction Projects.” (2021-present)
  2. Mentoring research students of the Bachelors of Public Health, Bachelors of Science in Clinical Counselling and Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, KGUMSB (2017-present)
  3. Supervised a PhD student at the School of Public Health, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, 2018. Title of the project “Identifying Occupational Hazards among healthcare workers in Australia and Bhutan” (2018-2021)
  4. Supervised Master’s Degree student at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, Mussoorie, Dehradun, India. (Student is a recipient of Gold Medal awarded for the outstanding thesis). (2018-2019)