Prof. Varuni A. de Silva  MBBS (Colombo), MD (Psych)

Professor in Psychiatry

Consultant Psychiatrist

  

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Google Scholar profile: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ZRj74qMAAAAJ&hl=en

 

Research Interests

Prevention of substance use, Psychopharmacology, Medical Education, Medical Ethics

Positions and appointments related to academic and professional activities                 

  1. Head of Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Colombo 2006-2009
  2. Member-Board of Writers of the National School Textbooks- Education Publication Department, Sri Lanka
  3. Council Member –Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists of Sri Lanka- 2003,2004, 2010- to date
  4. Council Member- Ceylon College of Physicians- 2012
  5. Member of Board of Governors- Alcohol and Drug Information Center , (ADIC) Colombo 2010-2013
  6. Member-Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo- 2010-to date
  7. Member- Research and Higher Degrees Commiittee, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo- 2011-2013
  8. Member-Expert Committee on Ethics, Sri Lanka Medical Association (1994-1997)
  9. Member and Honorary Secretary-  Expert Committee on Tobacco and Alcohol, Sri Lanka Medical Association. (1995,1996, 1997,1998, 2002-2010)    
  10. Chairperson Expert Committee on Tobacco and Alcohol, Sri Lanka Medical Association, 2008
  11. Hon.Advisor - Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation- National Dangerous Drugs                                                     Control Board of Sri Lanka 2008 

Editorial Positions

Editor-SriLanka Journal of Psychiatry- 2010-2013

Associate Editor-BMC Psychiatry

Assistant Editor- Ceylon Medical Journal 

Publications 

Publications in peer reviewed journals

  1. de Silva VA, Lakmini WD, Gunawardena HN, Hanwella R. Chronic catatonia treated with electroconvulsive therapy: a case report. J Med Case Rep. 2013;23;7(1):219.
  2. de Silva VA, Jayasekera NE, Hanwella R. Multiple physical symptoms in a military population: a cross-sectional study. Ann Gen Psychiatry. 2013;712(1):24.
  3. Rodrigo C, Fernando T, Rajapakse S, De Silva V, Hanwella R. Caregiver strain and symptoms of depression among principal caregivers of patients with schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder in Sri Lanka. Int J Ment Health Syst. 2013; Jan 9;7(1):2.
  4. Hanwella R, Senanayake SM, de Silva VA. Geographical variation in admissions due to poisoning in Sri Lanka: a time series analysis. Ceylon Med J. 2012;57(4):152-8.
  5. Hanwella R, de Silva V, Yoosuf A, Karunaratne S, de Silva P. Religious beliefs, possession States, and spirits: three case studies from Sri Lanka. Case Rep Psychiatry. 2012;2012:232740.
  6. de Silva VA, Jayasekera NE, Hanwella R. Smoking among troops deployed in combat areas and its association with combat exposure among navy personnel in Sri Lanka. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2012;7:27.
  7. Hanwella R, de Silva VA, Jayasekera NE. Alcohol use in a military population deployed in combat areas: a cross sectional study. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2012;7:24.
  8. de Silva J, Hanwella R, de Silva VA. Direct and indirect cost of schizophrenia in outpatients treated in a tertiary care psychiatry unit. Ceylon Med J. 2012;57(1):14-8.
  9. Karunaratne S, Hanwella R, de Silva V. Validation of the Sinhala version of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment in screening for dementia. Ceylon Med J. 2011;56(4):147-53.
  10. de Silva VA, Senanayake SM, Dias P, Hanwella R. From pesticides to medicinal drugs: time series analyses of methods of self-harm in Sri Lanka. Bull World Health Organ. 2012;90(1):40-6.
  11. Hanwella R, Senanayake M, de Silva V. Comparative efficacy and acceptability of methylphenidate and atomoxetine in treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents: a meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry. 2011 Nov 10;11:176.
  12. Hanwella R, de Silva V. Mental health of Special Forces personnel deployed in battle. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2012 Aug;47(8):1343-51.
  13. de Silva VA, Hanwella R. Efficacy and tolerability of venlafaxine versus specific serotonin reuptake inhibitors in treatment of major depressive disorder: a meta-analysis of published studies. Int Clin Psychopharmacol. 2012 Jan;27(1):8-16.
  14. Hanwella R, de Silva VA. Signs and symptoms of acute mania: a factor analysis. BMC Psychiatry. 2011 Aug 19;11:137.
  15. Hanwella R, de Silva V. Access to information is crucial for science. Lancet. 2011 Apr 23;377(9775):1404.
  16. Sumanathissa M, De Silva VA, Hanwella R. Prevalence of major depressive episode among patients with pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease. Int J Psychiatry Med. 2011;41(1):47-56.
  17. de Silva V, Samarasinghe D, Hanwella R. Association between concurrent alcohol and tobacco use and poverty. Drug Alcohol Rev. 2011 Jan;30(1):69-73.
  18. de Silva V, Hanwella R. Why are we copyrighting science? BMJ. 2010 Sep 16;341:c4738.
  19. de Silva V, Hanwella R. Mental health in Sri Lanka. Lancet. 2010 Jul 10;376(9735):88-9.
  20. de Silva V, Rathnayake A. Cost of the paracetamol overdose epidemic. Ceylon Med J. 2010 Mar;55(1):33.
  21. de Silva V, Samarasinghe D, Gunawardena N. Alcohol and tobacco use among males in two districts in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Med J. 2009 Dec;54(4):119-24.
  22. Hanwella R, de Silva V. Treatment of alcohol dependence. Ceylon Med J. 2009 Jun;54(2):63-5.
  23. Hanwella R, de Silva V. Managing problem drinking of alcohol--screening and brief intervention. Ceylon Med J. 2009 Jun;54(2):59-62.
  24. Hanwella R, de Silva V, Wijeratne C, Ketharanathan T, de Silva J. Clozapine-associated weight loss. J Psychopharmacol. 2010 Jul;24(7):1127-9. doi: 10.1177/0269881109102530. Epub 2009 Mar 5.
  25. de Silva V, Ratnayake A. Increased use of medicinal drugs in self-harm in urban areas in Sri Lanka. Arch Suicide Res. 2008;12(4):366-9.
  26. Hanwella R, de Silva V. Depression in the physically ill. Ceylon Med J. 2008 Jun;53(2):63-5.
  27. Hanwella R, de Silva V. Diagnosis and management of depression. Ceylon Med J. 2008 Jun;53(2):60-2.
  28. Rajasuriya M, De Silva V, Hanwella R, Effectiveness of reminders in reducing non-attendance among out-patients. The Psychiatrist 2010; 34 (12); 515-518
  29. De Silva V, Hanwella R, Senanayake M. Age and sex specific suicide rates in Sri Lanka from 1995-2011. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry 2012; 3(2);7-11
  30. de Silva V, Hanwella R, Ponnamperuma G. The validity of oral assessment (viva) that assesses specific and unique competencies in a post-graduate psychiatry examination. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry 2012; 3(2):16-19
  31. de Silva V. Will DSM-5 change the way we practise psychiatry? Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry 2012, 3 (1): 1-2
  32. De Silva V, Hanwella R. Pharmaceutical patents and the quality of mental healthcare in low- and middle-income countries. Psychiatr. Bull2008; 32: 121 - 123.
  33. De Silva V. The award of Membership without examination. Psychiatr. Bull 2006; 30: 192 - 193.
  34. De Silva VA, Hanwella DRC,  Gunawardena N. Prevalence of betel chewing among males in Colombo and Polonnaruwa districts. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka 2009; 14 (1): 2-23
  35. De Silva V. Management of anxiety disorders. The Sri Lanka Prescriber 2009; 17 (2) :10-12
  36. Rajasuriya M, De SilvaV., Hanwella R. Pharmacological management of bipolar disorder. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry 2010; 1(2):32-38 DOI: 10.4038/sljpsyc.v1i2.2570
  37. De SilvaV., Hanwella R. Efficacy of clozapine in patients with chronic schizophrenia. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry 2010; 1(2):47-50 DOI: 10.4038/sljpsyc.v1i2.2574
  38. Hanwella R, De Silva V.  Diabetes and impaired fasting glucose in Sri Lankan patients with schizophrenia. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry 2010;1 (2):56-59 DOI: 10.4038/sljpsyc.v1i2.2576
  39. S. P. K. Dahanayake, N.Fernando,VA de Silva 2010 Electronic Patient Record System for a Psychiatry Unit in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Journal of Bio-Medical Informatics 2010;1(4):214-22 DOI: 10.4038/sljbmi.v1i4.2250
  40. Hanwella R,De Silva V, Jayasekera N. Outcome of patients attending psychiatric out patients’ clinic of Sri Lanka Navy. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry 2010; 1(1)

Orations

Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists Oration- 2009

Alcohol and tobacco use in Sri Lanka and its associations with poverty: a study of 4 Medical Officer of Health Areas

 Prof.K.Rajasuriya Memorial Oration-2013

From pesticides to medicinal drugs: suicide and deliberate self harm in Sri Lanka

Research Awards

  1. HKT Fernando Prize- Sri Lanka Medical Association Annual Academic Sessions 2013
  2. Best Paper 2nd Place Annual Academic Sessions Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists 2008
  3. Best Paper 1st Place Annual Academic Sessions Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists 2009
  4. Best Poster 1st Place  Annual Academic Sessions Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists 2010
  5. Best Poster 2nd Place Annual Academic Sessions Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists 2010

 Award in Recognition of Postgraduate Teaching

Senior Fellow of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo-Awarded in 2011

Publications-Books and Manuals

  1. Varuni de Silva, Raveen Hanwella. Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry: A Practical Guide. Kumaran Publishers. Chennai and Colombo 2012
  2. Varuni de Silva and Diyanath Samarasinghe. “Women and Substance Use in Sri Lanka” in WHO- PSA (Ed ) Women and Substance Abuse pp175- 193 .WHO/PSA/93.13  : Geneva: World Health Organization; 1993
  3. Varuni de Silva. Mental Health Promotion. In: National Textbook on Health forYear 9  Students, Colombo: Education Publications Department;1997
  4. Varuni de Silva. Mental Health Promotion. In: National Textbook on Health for Year7 Students, Colombo: Education Publications Department;1998
  5. Diyanath Samarasinghe, Varuni de Silva.  Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use- A Manual for Clinic and Community Based Interventions. New Delhi: World Health Organization (SEARO); 2001
  6. Diyanath Samarasinghe, Varuni de Silva Manoj Fernanado.  Helping your patients quit smoking. Colombo: Sri Lanka Medical Association; 2003
  7. Varuni de Silva. Better Mental Health, Colombo: Directorate of Mental Health, Ministry of Health; 2008
  8. Varuni de Silva. உன்னத உள நலத்தை நோக்கி.  (Tamil translation).Colombo: Directorate of Mental Health, Ministry of Health; 2008
  9. Varuni de Silva.  (Sinhala translation) ) , Colombo: Directorate of Mental Health, Ministry of Health; 2008

 Peer  reviewed Presentations at National/International Conferences

  1. Wijesundara H, Hanwella R, Mendis J, de Silva V. Intramuscular haloperidol vs. olanzapine for rapid tranquillization: a double blind randomised controlled trial. 126th Annual Academic Sessions, Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka 2013
  2. Gunawardena HN, Mendis TSS, Hanwella R, de Silva VA. Comparison of subscales of MoCA and MMSE cognitive assessment instruments. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2013, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2013
  3. Dalpatadu KPM, Kapugama KGCL, Kotalawala SW, Suraweera C, Wijesiri HGVW, de Silva VA. The prevalence of depression in patients with acute coronary syndrome. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2013, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2013
  4. Suraweera C,Wijesiri HGVW,Kapugama KGCL,Kotalawala SW, Dalpatadu KPM,Hanwella R, de Silva VA. Delirium: a cause for concern. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2013, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2013
  5. Mendis TSS,Lakmini WD, Gunawardena HNS, de Silva VA,  Hanwella R. Changes in cognitive functions according to severity of cognitive impairment. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2013, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2013
  6. Lakmini WD, Mendis TSS, Gunawardena HNS, de Silva VA. Audit of administration of Electro Convulsive Therapy in the University Psychiatry Unit, Colombo. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2013, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2013
  7. Kapugama KGCL, Suraweera CU,Kotalawala SW ,Dalpatadu M, Wijesiri V,  de Silva VA. Prevalence of morbid jealousy among inpatients in a psychiatry unit. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2013, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2013
  8. Wijesiri HGVW, Balasooriya NS, Hanwella R, de Silva VA.Audit on metabolic screening of patients at the University Psychiatry Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2013, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2013
  9. Wijesiri HGVW, Balasooriya NS, Suraweera CU, Kapugama KGCS, Kotalawala SW, Dalpatadu KPM, Hanwella R, de Silva VA. Metabolic Syndrome in Sri Lankan patients with bipolar affective disorder. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2013, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2013
  10. Gunawardena HNS, Dayabandara LRM, Hanwella R, de Silva V. Characteristics and motives of potential kidney donors assessed in a University Psychiatry Unit in Sri Lanka. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2012, Colombo: Sri Lanka, 2012
  11. Ketharanathan T, Hanwella R, Weerasundera RYP, De Silva V. The Prevalence of Major Depressive Disorder among Parkinson's Disease patients presenting to neurology out-patient setting at National Hospital, Colombo In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2012, Colombo: Sri Lanka, 2012
  12. Ediriweera de Silva RE, Henegama T, Perera W.L.S.P, Hanwella R, de Silva V. Functional status and cognitive impairment among patients with Dementia attending the University Psychiatry Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2012, Colombo: Sri Lanka, 2012
  13. Senanayake SM, Gunawardhana YAML, de Silva VA, Hanwella R. Profile of inpatients at a general hospital psychiatry unit. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2012, Colombo: Sri Lanka, 2012
  14. Senanayake SM, de Silva VA, Hanwella R. Suicide rates in Sri Lanka from 1995-2009: an analysis of age and sex distribution Geographical variation in admissions due to poisoning in Sri Lanka: a time series analysis. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2012, Colombo: Sri Lanka, 2012
  15. Attygalle UR, .Karunaratne GSL, De Silva VA. Patients diagnosed with schizophrenia who are on prolonged antipsychotic treatment. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2012, Colombo: Sri Lanka, 2012
  16. Hanwella R,Wickramasuriya T, de Silva MWS, de Silva VA. Using factor analysis to identify symptom dimensions in mania, In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2011, Colombo: Sri Lanka, 2011
  17. Dissanayake ARK, Kamalrathna TDJB, de Silva VA.Prevalence of tardive dyskinesia in patients treated with antipsychotics in an out-patient clinic, In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2011, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2011
  18. Wijesundara WMH, Dayabandara LRM, Dissanayake ARK, De Alwis A, Devadithya MMP, de Silva VA. Nicotine use among the patients with schizophrenia attending out-patient clinics, In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2011, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2011
  19. Hanwella R, Senanayake M ,de Silva VA. Comparative efficacy and acceptability of methylphenidate and atomoxetine in treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents: a meta-analysis. In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2011, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2011
  20. Wijesundara WMH, Dayabandara LRM, Ellepola A, de Silva VA, Psychopathology of outpatients with long-term schizophrenia, In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2011, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2011
  21. Kamalrathna TDJB,  Dissanayake ARK,  de Silva VA Occurrence of QTc prolongation in ECG in outpatients treated with risperidone at University Psychiatry Unit, Colombo, In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2011, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2011
  22. Fernando , Weerakkody C,  Perera IBRUde Silva VA A study of treatment and help seeking behaviours of persons with schizophrenia, In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2011, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2011
  23. de Silva V, Hanwella R, de Silva P, Karunaratne S, Ketharanathan T Efficacy and safety of clozapine in an Asian population: a study of patients from the clozapine monitoring clinic, University Psychiatry Unit, Colombo, In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2009, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2009
  24. de Silva V, Hanwella R, Diyalagoda K Diabetes and impaired fasting glucose in patients with schizophrenia admitted to the University Psychiatry Unit Colombo, In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2009, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2009
  25. Rajasuriya M, de Silva V Risk factors for non attendance at a psychiatric outpatient clinic and effectiveness of reminder package to improve reattendence In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2009, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2009
  26. Ushani Rajapakse, Hanwella R, de Silva V, Ihalamulla RL, Karunaweera ND Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka: Psychosocial impact, 4th World Congress on Leishmaniasis, 3-7th February 2009, Lucknow, India
  27. D. Liyanapatabandi , R.V. Cooray , M. C. Dedigama , R.A.J. Rathnayake, V de Silva Preliminary Study to Validate a Modified Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) for Use in Patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2008, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2008
  28. Varuni de Silva,  Athula Ratnayake Self poisoning with medical drugs among patients admitted to NHSL  3rd International Conference of  South Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations, Kalutara, Sri Lanka 2007
  29. V.de Silva, S. de Silva, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry in a General Hospital, In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2003, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2003
  30. R.Deshabandu V. de Silva, R.Ranasinghe, Referral patterns to University Psychiatry Unit, In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2003, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2003
  31. Arandara, DC ; Arasalingam, A ; De Silva, V ; Wijeyaratne, CN ; Balen, AH Quality of life in Sri Lankan women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) preliminary results Sri Lanka College Of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, 38th Annual Scientific Sessions, 2005
  32. Jagath Bandara, Varuni de Silva, Nishantha Dolawatta, Rukma Edirisinghe, Arjuna Ellepola, Palitha Gunasekera, Sukitha Kumari, Anula Rathnayake Effectiveness of a General Hospital Based rehabilitation programme for patients with psychiatric illness In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2009, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2009
  33. Assessing the use of depot antipsychotics at the outpatient department of the University Psychiatry Unit, Colombo Hanwella R, de Silva V, Karunaratne S Annual In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2005, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2005
  34. Alcohol and tobacco use in 2 districts Vde Silva R Hanwella N Gunawardena In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Community Phyisicians 2009, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Community Physicians 2009
  35. Sumanatissa M, de Silva V, Hanwella R Prevalence of depression among patients with chronic kidney disease attending a nephrology out patients’ clinic Annual In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2010, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2010
  36. Dayabandara LRM, Wijesundara WMH, Jayawardane WAVHP, De Silva P, Dolawaththa N, De Silva V A comparative study of quality of life in follow up patients with schizophrenia treated with first generation (FGA) versus second generation medication In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2010, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2010
  37. Ellepola A, De Silva V, Hanwella R Comparison of clinical assessment of suicidal risk and psychological distress in patients presenting with deliberate self harm, with Beck suicide intent scale and General Health Questionnaire In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2010, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2010
  38. Karunaratne S, de Silva V, Hanwella R Validity and reliability of a brief cognitive assessment tool in patients with dementia and major psychiatric disorders in Sri Lanka In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2010, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2010
  39. Psychometric properties of an oral evaluation using patints management problems in a postgraduate psychiatry examination de Silva V Hanwella R, Ponnamperuma G In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2010, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2010
  40. Karunaratne DMS, de Silva V, Hanwella R, Seneviratne S Survey of patients’ satisfaction in liaison psychiatry unit and day patient centre at University Psychiatry Unit National Hospital Sri Lanka In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2010, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2010
  41. Sumanatisssa M de Silva V, Hanwella R Validity and reliability of the Becks depression inventory in assessing depression in Chrinic Kidney Disease patients In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2010, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2010
  42. de Silva V, Wijesundara WMH, Jayawardane WAVHP, Dayabandara LRM Assessment of knowledge about clozapine among schizophrenia patients followed up at a specialized clozapine clinic at National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) In Proceedings of the Annual Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists March 2010, Colombo: Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists;  2010
  43. Dahanayake SPK , Fernando N , de Silva VA Electronic patient record system for a psychiatry unit in Sri Lanka 5th Health Informatics Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  44. Varuni de Silva, Evidence Based Community Interventions to Address Harm from Alcohol Use, WHO Symposium on Reducing Harm From Alcohol Use in the Community Bali, Indonesia, 4-6 October 2007
  45. Varuni de Silva Health professional education in substance use-Washington D.C. 1995

Service in Academic Committees-Faculty of Medicine, Colombo

 ·      Head Department of Psychological Medicine 2006-2009

·       Member, Academic Committee Behavioural Sciences Stream

·       Chairperson, Mental Health Module 2010

·       Convenor Mental Health Module 1997-1999, 2002-2009

·       Member, Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo 2008 to date

·       Member, Academic Standards Committee 2004

·       Member, Curriculum Development and Evaluation Committee 2006-2009   

M     Member-Research and Higher Degrees Committee-2011-2013

·       Assistant Director, Audio visual unit 2003-2004

Teaching

 Undergraduate:

Contributes to teaching in the Clinical Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Community Stream and Applied Sciences Streams. Main teaching activity-training undergraduates in Psychological Medicine

Examiner, Faculty of Medicine Colombo 

Examiner in the theory and clinical components in final M.B.B.S. Examination in Psychiatry- 2000 to date

Examiner –Behaviour Sciences Stream -2000 to date

Examiner- Community Stream Research Project

Final MBBS, Psychiatry-Faculty of Medical Science- University of Sri Jayawardenapura-2002- 2008     

Final MBBS, Psychiatry Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya

Final MBBS, Psychiatry Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna

B.Sc. Health Promotion- Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Rajarata 2007-2010

 ERCP- Examiner, Sri Lanka Medical Council

 Postgraduate:

·      Member Board of Study in Psychiatry 2004-to date

       Secretary Board of Study in Psychiatry 2011-2012

S    Coordinator-MD Psychiatry program 2009-2011

·     Postgraduate trainer in Psychiatry 2003 to date

·       Postgraduate trainer for postgraduates in MD (Medicine), MD (Venereology), MD (Family Medicine) and DFM programs.

·        Postgraduate Examiner

·        Examiner MD Psychiatry- Screening Examination 2003-2011

·        Examiner MD Psychiatry 2006-2011

·        Examiner MD Venereology 2008,2009

 Supervision of Postgraduate dissertations

M.D.Psychiatry Dissertations  (Completed )

    1. Dr.A.Ratnayake: Self poisoning with medicinal drugs among patients admitted to  NHSL
    2. Dr.H.Waidyasekera: Stigma in patients with mental illness    
    3. Dr. M. Rajasuriya: Improving non attendance rate in a Psychiatry out patient clinic
    4. Dr. M. Sumanatissa: Prevalence of depressive disorder in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease at Teaching Hospital Anuradhapura
    5. Dr.S.Sivayokan: The psychological impact of disappearance: a preliminary study among wives of the ‘disappeared’ persons.
    6. Dr.J. de Silva Economic Impact of Schizophrenia on Patients and Their Families in a Tertiary Care Psychiatry Unit

MD Community Medicine (completed)

Dr. P.L. Jayashantha- Dental Anxiety in a Sri Lankan population and its relationship to their oral health status and the type of care received for dental problems

Ongoing projects

MD Psychiatry Dissertations
  • Dr.S.Sivadas-Prevalence of depression among patients attending out patient clinic at GH Vavuniya
  • Dr.H.Wijesundara- Rapid tranquillisationofagitated or aggressive patients in an in-patientpsychiatric setting:Pragmatic randomized double-blind trial of intramuscularolanzapine versus intramuscular haloperidol
  • Dr.S.Kulatilleka-Depression following spontaneous abortion: a case control study

MD Community Medicine

Dr.Prabath Ranasinghe- Sexual dysfunction: prevalence, correlates and consequences among adults aged 21 to 60 years in the Kegalle District

Supervision of PhD

Dr.NELW Jayasekera-A Medical Leadership Competency Framework based on    Experiences, Competencies and Development Needs of Health Care Managers in Sri   Lanka. Kotalawala Defence University