Prof. Piyanjali Thamesha de Zoysa, B A (Hons) Psychology, M A Applied Psychology, PhD

Professor in Clinical Psychology

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 A.    Academic Record 

  • B.A. (Hons) Psychology – University of Delhi, India
  • M.A. Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) –      University of Delhi, India
  • Ph.D. – University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

B.    Research and Academic Interests

  1. Mindfulness based psychotherapy
  2. Child abuse and child-directed violence
  3. Post graduate training in clinical psychology
  4. Licensure in clinical psychology
  5. Cross-cultural aspects of psychology

 

C.     Teaching experience

Undergraduate and postgraduate psychology and clinical psychology.

 

D.    Publications

1. Publications in referred journals

1. De Zoysa, P., & Weerasinghe, T. (1999). Psychological consequences and coping mechanisms of bomb blast   survivors: The experience of six civilian victims in the city of Colombo. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, 22(1&2), 45-61.

 

2.De Zoysa, P. (2000 & 2001). Psychological consequences of childhood sexual abuse: Issues in the Sri Lankan context. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, 23(1 & 2) & 24(1 & 2), 17-32.

 

3.De Zoysa, P., Rajapakse, L., & Newcombe, P. A. (2004). Parental disciplinary strategies: Experience of 12-year old school children. The Ceylon Journal of Medical Science, 47(2), 43-50.

 

4. De Zoysa, P., Rajapakse, L., & Newcombe, P. (2005). Adaptation and validation of the Parent-Child Conflict Tactics Scale for use in Sri Lanka. The Ceylon Medical Journal, 50(1), 11-14.

 

5. De Zoysa, P., Newcombe, P. A., & Rajapakse, L. (2008). Consequences of parental corporal punishment on 12-year-old children in the Colombo district. The Ceylon Medical Journal, 53(1), 7-9.

 

6. De Zoysa, P. (2010). The practice of mindfulness based behavior therapy in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry, 1(2), 67-69.

7. De Zoysa, P., & Wickrama, T. (2011). Cultural and religious coping and mental health of disabled veterans in Sri Lanka. Journal of Military and Veterans Health, 19(3), 4-12.

 

8.De Zoysa, P. (2010/2011). A profile of psychological maladjustment among school children in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, 33/34(1&2).

 

9.De Silva, K. S. H., & De Zoysa, P. (2011). Assessment of psychological impact on children with growth hormone deficiency and their parents. The Ceylon Medical Journal, 56(2), 59-61.

 

10.De Zoysa, P. (2011). Teaching basic clinical health psychology interventions at a Sri Lankan medical school. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 5(1), 42-43.

 

11.De Zoysa, P. & Shackel, R. (2011). The use of psychology in the administration of justice in Sri Lanka – A point of view. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine Science & Law, 2(2), 8-12.

 

12. Perera, H. J. M. & De Zoysa, P. (2012). The need for effective communication skills in the medicolegal management of child sexual assault victims: Observations from the Sri Lankan context. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine Science & Law, 3(1), 14-16.

 

  1. De Zoysa, P. (2013). Clinical psychology in a      medical setting in an Asian country: Current situation and way forward in      Sri Lanka. International Psychiatry,      10(1), 18-19.

 

  1. De Zoysa P. (2013). Psychological interventions in      dermatology. Indian Journal

       of Dermatology, 58(1), 56-60.

  1. De Zoysa, P.  (2001). Conflict related trauma in an Asian country: A report      from Sri Lanka. International Review      of Psychiatry, 13(3),      201-208.

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., &      Ismail, C. (2002). Psychology      in an Asian country: A report from Sri Lanka. International Journal of Psychology, 37(2), 110-111.

 

  1. De Zoysa, P. (2002). Child sexual abuse in Sri Lanka: The      current state of affairs and recommendations for the future. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 11(2), 97-113.

 

  1. Haj-Yahia,      M. M., & De Zoysa, P. (2007). Beliefs of      Sri Lankan medical students about wife beating. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 22(1), 26-49.

 

  1. Haj-Yahia, M. M.,      & De Zoysa, P. (2008). Rates and psychological effects of      exposure to family violence among Sri Lankan university students. Child Abuse & Neglect. The      International Journal, 32(2008),      994-1002. Doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2008.05.001.

 

  1. McCaslin,      S. E.,De Zoysa, P.,      Butler, L. D., Hart, S., Marmar, C. R., Metzler, T. J., &Koopman,      C. (2009). The relationship of posttraumatic growth to peritraumatic      reactions and posttraumatic stress symptoms among Sri Lankan university      students. Journal of Traumatic      Stress, 22(4), 334-339.

 

  1. Haj-Yahia,      M. M., Tishby, O., & De      Zoysa, P. (2009). Post-traumatic      stress disorder among Sri Lankan university students as a consequence of      their exposure to family violence. Journal      of Interpersonal Violence, 24(12),      2018-2038.

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Newcombe, P. A., & Rajapakse,      L. (2010). Outcomes of parental use of psychological aggression on      children: A structural model from Sri Lanka. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25(8), 1542-1560.

 

  1. De Zoysa, P. (2011). The use of mindfulness      practice in the treatment of a case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in      Sri Lanka. Journal of Religion and      Health. DOI 10.1007/s10943-011-9461-0.

 

  1. De Zoysa, P. (2011). The use of Buddhist      mindfulness meditation in psychotherapy: A report from Sri Lanka. Transcultural Psychiatry, 48 (5), 675-683.

 

  1. N. A., Abeyasinghe, N. L., & De Zoysa, P., K. M. K. C., Bandara, N. A., Bartholameuz, &      J. M. U. J. Bandara. (2012). Prevalence      of PTSD symptoms among army soldiers who underwent amputation of a limb or      spinal injury in a rehabilitation centre in Sri Lanka. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 17(3), 376-381.

 

  1. De Zoysa, P. (2011). Clinical psychology in a      medical setting in Sri Sri Lanka. International      Psychiatry, 10 (1), 18-19.

 

2. Books and chapters in books

  1. De Zoysa, P., &      Gunawardena C. (1998). The right to growth and development. In S. Goonesekere,      C. Gunawardena & N. G. Kularatna (Eds.), Child Rights: The Sri Lankan Experience (pp. 81-107). Colombo:      Open University of Sri Lanka. {ISBN: 955-23-0731-7; English      version}

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., &      Gunawardena C. (1998). The right to growth and development. In S.      Goonesekere, C. Gunawardena & N. G. Kularatna (Eds.), Child Rights: The Sri Lankan Experience      (pp. 85-112). Colombo: Open University of Sri Lanka. {ISBN:      955-23-0732-7; Sinhala version}

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., &      Gunawardena C. (1998). The right to growth and development. In S.      Goonesekere, C. Gunawardena & N. G. Kularatna (Eds.), Child Rights: The Sri Lankan Experience      (pp. 85-112). Colombo: Open University of Sri Lanka. {ISBN:      955-23-0733-7; Tamil version}

 

  1. De Zoysa, P. (2002). Be relaxed and be happy. In S.      Fernando (Ed.), Mind your heart (pp.      77-86). Colombo: Sarvodaya Vishva Lekha Publication. {ISBN: 955-599-287-7}

 

  1. De Zoysa P., Newcombe P. A., Rajapakse, L.      (2007). Parental physical punishment in Sri Lanka: Prevalence and      children’s attitudes towards its use. In D. K. Behera (Ed.), Childhood in South Asia (pp.      321-333). New Delhi: Pearson Education. {ISBN: 81-317-0415-7}

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Rajapakse, L., & Newcombe, P.      A. (2007). Adaptation and validation of the Personality Assessment      Questionnaire on 12-year-old children in Sri Lanka. In L. S. Boyar (Ed.), New psychological tests and testing      research (pp. 185-202). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. {ISBN: 13:978-1-60021-570-4}

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Newcombe, P. A., Rajapakse, L.      (2006). Corporal punishment in the Sri Lankan context: Psychological      outcomes for our children. In D. M. Devore (Ed.), New developments in parent-child relations (pp. 1-40). New York: Nova Science      Publishers, Inc. {ISBN:      1-60021-170-4}

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Newcombe, P.      A., & Rajapakse, L. (2008). Outcomes      of parental corporal punishment: Psychological maladjustment and physical      abuse. In T. I. Richardson & M. V. Williams (Eds.), Child abuse and violence (pp.      121-162). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. {ISBN: 978-1-60456-128-9}

 

  1. De Zoysa, P. (2008). Physical mobility for psychological      well-being. In access ability for      all. Why you? (pp. 65-67). Colombo: Idiriya. {ISBN: 978-955-1914-00-4}

 

  1. De Zoysa, P. &      Kannangara, N. (2011). ksmqKq      udmshnj. Colombo: Sara      Publishers.

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3. Publications and presentations at conferences and symposia

  1. Perera, J., & De Zoysa, P. (1999). Who takes overall care of the sexually      abused child? Paper presented at the      1999 Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka,      Colombo, Sri Lanka, 13 November 1999.

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Diyasena,      W., Kandagama, S., & Pathinige, C. (1999). Physical and psychological      sequelae of bomb blast survivors: The Sri Lankan experience. Proceedings of the 55th      Annual Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association of the Advancement of      Science, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 28 November-3 December, 1999 (p. 245).

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., De Silva, P., Flynn, R., & Fernando, R. (2000). Methods of      torture practised in Sri Lanka. Proceedings      of the Annual Academic Sessions of the Faculty of Medical Sciences,      University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, 28-29 July 2000.

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., De Silva,      P., Flynn, R., & Fernando, R. (2000). Physical and psychological      sequlae of torture victims: The Sri Lankan experience. Proceedings of the Annual Academic Sessions of the Faculty of      Medical Sciences of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri      Lanka, 28-29 July 2000.

 

  1. Kurukulasuriya, A., & De Zoysa, P. (2000). Is      informed consent in medical practice necessary in Sri Lanka? - A preliminary      study. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri      Lanka College of Hematologists, Colombo,      Sri Lanka, 18 November 2000      (pp. 8-9).

 

  1. Perera,      J., Samaranayake, N., Liyanage, C. A. H., & De Zoysa, P.      (2001). Problems encountered in child sexual abuse.  Proceedings of the 3rd      Conference of South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2-4 March 2001      (p. 33).

 

  1. Kurukulasuriya, A., & De Zoysa, P. (2001). Using      a distance education method to teach behavioural sciences in a traditional      medical school. Proceedings of the 5th Annual      Meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators,      Minnesota, USA, 21-24 July 2001 (p. 35).

 

  1. Kurukulasuriya, A., & De Zoysa, P. (2002). Use      of a distance education method to teach behavioural sciences in a      traditional medical school. Proceedings      of the International Conference on Curriculum Change in Medical Schools,      Colombo, Sri Lanka, 30 June-3 July 2002 (pp. 48-49).

 

9. De Zoysa, P., Rajapakse, L., & Newcombe, P. (2003). Cross-cultural validation of research instruments: Preliminary validation of the Personality Assessment Questionnaire in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 59th Annual Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 9-13 December 2003 (p.239).

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Rajapakse, L., & Newcombe, P.      (2003). Cross-cultural validation of research instruments: Preliminary      validation of the Parent Child Conflict Tactic Scale in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 59th      Annual Session of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of      Science. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2003 (p. 240).

 

  1. McCaslin      Rodrigo, S., De Zoysa, P.,      Butler, L., Marmar, C. R., Koopman, C. (2004). The psychological impact of      stressful events in Sri Lankan students. Proceedings of the International Society of Political Psychology      Annual Conference, Lund, Sweden, 15-18 July.

 

  1. McCaslin      Rodrigo, S., De Zoysa, P.,      Butler, L., Marmar, C. R., Koopman, C. (2004). Posttraumatic growth in Sri      Lankan university students.      Proceedings of the 20th Annual Meeting of the International Society for      Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans, USA, 14-18 November 2004.

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Rajapakse, L., & Newcombe, P.      (2004). A personality profile of Sinhala speaking school children in Sri      Lanka. Proceedings of the 60th      Annual Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of      Science. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 17-22 December 2004 (p. 254).

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Newcombe, P., & Rajapakse, L.      Psychological adjustment in Sinhala speaking school children in Sri Lanka.      (2005). Poster presented at the 2005      Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development,      Georgia, USA, 7-10 April 2005 (p.      31).

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Newcombe, P., & Rajapakse, L. (2005). Sri Lankan childrens views of physical punishment and its psychological consequences. Proceedings of      Childhoods2005, Oslo, Norway, 29 June-3 July 2005 (p. 343).

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Rajapakse, L., & Newcombe, P.      (2005). Parental disciplinary      practices and psychological adjustment of children. Proceedings of the 61st      Annual Session of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of      Science. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 12-17 December 2005 (pp. 85-86).

 

  1. De Zoysa P., Newcombe P. A., Rajapakse, L.      (2005). Parental use of physical force on Sri Lankan children: Prevalence      and physical and psychological outcomes. Proceedings of the 6th ISPCAN Asian Regional      Conference, Singapore, 16-18 November 2005 (p. 34).

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Newcombe, P. A., Rajapakse, L.      (2006). Consequences of hitting children: Evidence from our 12-year-olds. Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual      Academic Sessions of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka,      Colombo, Sri Lanka, 27-29 October 2006 (p.20).

 

  1. Newcombe,      P. A., De Zoysa, P., Rajapakse,      L. (2006). The experience and consequences of corporal punishment in Sri      Lanka. Paper presented at the 19th      Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural      Development, Melbourne,      Australia, 2006.

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Newcombe, P. A., Rajapakse, L. The      use of physical force when disciplining Sri Lankan children: The      association between corporal punishment and physical abuse. Paper presented at the 2007 Biennial      Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, USA, 29      March-1 April, 2007 (p. 78).

 

  1. De Zoysa P., Newcombe P. A., Rajapakse, L. (2007).      The parental use of psychological aggression when disciplining Sri Lankan      children: The prevalence and psychological outcomes. Proceedings of the VII ISPCAN Asian Regional Conference. Manila,      Philippines, 23-26 September 2007 (p. 67).

 

  1. De Zoysa, P. (2007). Consequences of using      psychological aggression as a disciplinary method: Evidence from Sri      Lankan 12-year-olds. Proceedings of      the XIth ISPCAN European Regional Conference, Lisbon, Portugal,      18-21 November 2007 (p. 5).

 

  1. Galappatthy,      P., Amarasuriya, S. D., Wijeratne, N. T., Arandara, V. L., & De Zoysa, P. (2007). Student      feedback on formative assessment and correlation between performance at      formative and summative assessments. Proceedings      of the 27th Anniversary Academic Sessions of the Postgraduate Institute of      Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 18-20 October 2007 (pp.      34-35).

 

  1. Amarasuriya,      S., Galappatthy, P., Wijeratne, N., Arandara V. & De Zoysa, P. (2008). Student feedback on formative assessment      and correlation between performance at formative and summative      assessments. Proceedings of the 5th      Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, Singapore, 24-27 January 2008      (p. 46).

 

  1. De Zoysa, P. (2008). Vipassana meditation as a technique      of psychotherapy: A case study on the use of Mindfulness Based Cognitive      Therapy in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of      the 4th National Conference on Buddhist Studies, Colombo, Sri      Lanka, 30-31 August 2008.

 

  1. De Zoysa P., Newcombe P. A.,&  Rajapakse, L. Parental physical      abuse of Sri Lankan children: Correlates and prevalence. Proceedings of the 16th      Congress of the International Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences,      Kunming, China, July 2009 (pp. 151-152).

 

  1. De Silva, K. S. H., De Zoysa, P., & Vithanage,      K. K. (2009). Living with a growth hormone deficiency: What is the      psychological impact? Proceedings of      the 6th Congress of the Paediatric Association of South Asian Countries      & the 12th Annual Scientific Congress of the Sri Lanka College of      Paediatricians. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 17-19 June 2009 (p. 58).

                                                 

  1. De Zoysa P.  Post trauma mental health. Proceedings of the 2009 Annual      Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri      Lanka, 26 September 2009 (p. 7).

 

  1. De Zoysa P., & Rajapakse, L.  (2009). The      prevalence of sexual abuse among Sri Lankan 12-year-olds attending      government schools in the Colombo district. Proceedings of the 65th Annual Sessions of the Sri      Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 1-6      December 2009 (p. 13).

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Cogill, S., Ismail C., Wanigaratne,      S., Yule, B., Tribe, R., & De Silva, P. Teaching clinical psychology      in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 12th      International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 18-20      March 2010 (p. 147).

 

  1. De Silva, K. S. H., & De Zoysa, P. (2010).      Children with growth hormone deficiency assessing psychological impact on      patients and parents. Proceedings of      the 123rd Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical      Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 31 May-4 June 2010(p.23).

 

  1. Muhummad, M. M., & De Zoysa P.  Beliefs about wife beating among medical      students of the University of Colombo. Proceedings      of the 2010 Annual Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri      Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 31 July 2010 (p. 37).

 

  1. De Zoysa, P., Cogill, S., Ismail C., Wanigaratne,      S., Yule, B., Tribe, R., & De Silva, P. Post graduate training in      clinical psychology: A report from Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 3rd Congress of the AESAN Regional      Union of Psychological Societies, Kula Lumpur, Malaysia, 2-3 October 2010 (p.      54).

 

  1. De Zoysa P., & Wickrama, T. Psychological      status and coping strategies of disabled combatants of the Sri Lanka army.      Proceedings of the 2011 Annual      Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri      Lanka, 30 July 2011 (p. 37).

 

  1. Newcombe,      P.A., De Zoysa, P., Vakaoti,      P., & Earnshaw, L. (2011). The resilience of young people: Stories and      research from three countries. Proceedings      of the International Conference on Psychology of Resilience, Depok,      Indonesia, 22      September 2011 (p.      1-17).

 

  1. De Zoysa P., & Wickramasuriya, T. A.      (2011). Preliminary exploration of university students’ time spent on      online social networking activities. Proceedings      of the 67th Annual Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for      the Advancement of Science. Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka, 5-9 December      2011 (p. 102).

 

  1. Paranawithana      C. & De Zoysa, P. (2011).      Cross cultural validation of the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of      Neuropsychological Status. Proceedings      of the Fifth Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lankan Association of      Neurologists, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2-4 December 2011.

 

  1. Omori,      M., Aizawa, N., Yamazaki, Y., & De Zoysa, P. (2012). Health-endangering behaviors and psychological      correlates among Sri Lankan adolescents. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Convention of the      Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, USA, 24-27 May 2012.

 

  1. Yamazaki,      Y., Aizawa, N., De      Zoysa, P., Omori,      M. (2012). Thin-ideal and TV viewing related to body dissatisfaction among      Sri Lankan adolescents. Proceedings      of the 24th Annual Convention of the Association for      Psychological Science, Chicago, USA, 24-27 May 2012.

 

  1. Aizawa,      N., Yamazaki, Y., De      Zoysa, P., Omori,      M. (2012). Impacts of socio-economic status and self-esteem on adolescent      health-endangering behavior. Proceedings      of the 24th Annual Convention of the Association for      Psychological Science, Chicago, USA, 24-27 May 2012.

 

  1. De Silva, K. S. H., & De Zoysa, P.      (2012). Depression in parents of children with Congenital Adrenal      Hyperplasia - a preliminary study from the Lady Ridgeway Hospital. Proceedings of the 125th      Anniversary International Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical      Association. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2-6 July 2012 (p. 130).

 

  1. Paranawithana      C. & De Zoysa, P. (2012).      Cross cultural validation of the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of      Neuropsychological Status to a Sinhala speaking clinical population in Sri      Lanka. Proceedings of the Annual      Research Symposium 2012 of the University of Colombo. Colombo, Sri      Lanka, 16-17 August 2012 (pp. 94-97).

 

43. De Zoysa P., Perera, J., & Herath, J. (2012). Selected psychosocial characteristics of convicted rape offenders: A   preliminary study. Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1 September 2012 (p. 32).

 

  1. Wickramasinghe,      E. De Silva, H. & De Zoysa, P.      (2012). Factors related t the level of emotional care provided by mothers      of children aged 1-3 years in a medical officer of health area in Sri      Lanka. Proceedings of the 44th Asia      Pacific Consortium for Public Health. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 13-18 October      2012 (p. 96-97).

 

  1. Tennakoon, T., & De Zoysa P. (2012). An assessment of patient satisfaction with the      physiotherapy treatment provided at general hospital in the Southern      province of Sri Lanka. Proceedings      of the 44th Asia Pacific Consortium for Public Health. Colombo, 13-18      October 2012Sri Lanka, 2012, (p. 319).

 

46. De Silva, L., & De Zoysa, P. (2013; Paper accepted). A preliminary study on the effect of cognitive behaviour therapy for the reduction of test anxiety in five year scholarship students. Proceedings of the 69th Annual Conference of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 

4. Commissioned reports

  1. De Zoysa, P. (2000). Caring for survivors of torture:      Psychological and psychosocial aspects. Commissioned by the Family Rehabilitation Center, Colombo, Sri      Lanka.

 

  1. De Zoysa, P. (2012). A survey on parental      disciplinary practices and an awareness program to eliminate corporal      punishment and other forms of negative parental practices. Commissioned by the Save the Children in Sri      Lanka, Institute of Participatory Interaction in Development, and Child      Protection in Crisis, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 

5. Scientific and literary communications in newsletters, scientific magazines and newspapers

  1. ‘Personality and      Positive Mental Health’ - A Sinhala feature article titled ‘Sveeyathweya      saha dhana manasika saukya’ published in the Sahansevena Newsletter.      January-March 1999, 1(1); p. 4.

 

  1. ‘Combat      Experience, Comradeship and Psychological Health’ - A feature article      published in the Newsletter of the Family Rehabilitation Center.      October-December 1997, 8(9); pp. 3-4.

 

  1. ‘Personality and      Self Confidence’ - A Sinhala feature article titled ‘Sveeyathweya saha      athmawishwasaya’ published in the Sahansevena Newsletter. April-June 1999,      1(2); p. 4.

 

  1. ‘The Many Facets      of Childhood Trauma’ - A feature article published in the Communication Center      for Mental Health Journal of Mental Health. 1998, 6 (2nd      Quarter); p. 4.

 

  1. ‘Physical and      Psychological Abuse Affects Mental Health’ - A feature article published      in Options, a publication of the Women and Media Collective, Colombo. 2001,      25(1); pp. 18-22.

 

  1. ‘Befriending’ - A      feature article published in the Newsletter of the Sri Lanka Medical Association.      January 2005; p. 2. {Co-authored      with Dr Anna Eliatamby}

 

  1. ‘Methods and      Sequalae of Torture: A study in Sri Lanka’ - An article published in the      Torture Journal. 2007, 17(1); pp. 53-56.

 

  1. ‘Managing Stress:      Towards a Happier and a More Productive Life’ - A feature article      published in the Section A Newsletter of the Sri Lanka Association for the      Advancement of Science (SLAAS). March 2012, 8(1); pp. 2-4.

 

  1. ‘An Insight into Psychology’ - A feature article on the Health      Wall of the Lakbima newspaper published by Sumathi Global Consolidated      (Private) Ltd. June 17, 2012; p.20. {Co-authored      with Dr Chandrika Ismail}

 

  1. ‘Skilful Parenting: Ways to Make Your Child      Happier and Psychologically Healthier’ - A feature article in The Island  Health of The Island newspaper,      published by Upali Newspapers (Pvt) Ltd. August 30, 2012; p.10. {Co-authored with Nayomi Kanangara}

 

  1. ‘Why would you be Afraid of Marriage?’ - A Sinhala feature article      titled ‘Vivahayata biyawanne aei?’ in the Tharuneya weekly newspaper,      published by Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. September 24, 1998; p.7.

 

  1. ‘Sexual Disorders’ - A Sinhala feature article titled ‘Manasika rogi bawak      penwana lingika hasireem’ in the Tharuneya weekly newspaper, published by      Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. December 17, 1998; p.12.

 

  1. ‘Abnormal Conditions and Sexual      Satisfaction’ - A Sinhala      feature article titled ‘Lingike thrupthiya sandaha thibiya haki vividhe      aswabhawike thathweyan’ in the Tharuneya weekly newspaper, published by      Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. December 24, 1998; p.2.

 

  1. ‘Sexual Problems as a Consequence of      Psychological Issues’ - A      Sinhala feature article titled ‘Manasgatha nisa ethiwena lingika prashna’      in the Tharuneya weekly newspaper, published by Wijeya Newspapers Ltd.      January 21, 1999; p.2.

 

  1. ‘Recognise the Psychological Issues that      Hinder Marriage’ - A      Sinhala feature article titled ‘Vivaheyeta baadha kerewena manasika      thathweyan handhunaganna’ in the Tharuneya weekly newspaper, published by      Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. January 7, 1999; p.2.

 

  1. ‘Is homosexuality a Mental Illness?’ - A Sinhala feature article      titled ‘Samalingikethaweya manasika rogayakde?’ in the Tharuneya weekly      newspaper, published by Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. February 4, 1999; p.2.

 

  1. ‘Traumatic Experiences are Hurtful to the      Mind’ - A Sinhala feature      article titled ‘Bihisuna athdekeem maneseta vadeyak’ in the Dhinamina      newspaper, published by Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited. May 11,      2000; p.12.

 

  1. ‘A Solution to Overcome an Adulterous      Relationship’ - A Sinhala      feature article titled ‘Ayatha lingike esuren midenneta pituwahalak’ in      the Tharuneya weekly newspaper, published by Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. 2000,      June 22; p.11.

 

  1. ‘Can Jealousy End Relationships?’ - A Sinhala feature article      titled “Irshiyawe nisa sambandatha bindhiye hakide?” on Tharuneya weekly      newspaper, published by Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. July 6, 2000; p.16.

 

  1. ‘Mother, Give us Love’ - A Sinhala feature article      titled ‘Amme apata adhareya denna’ in the Dhinamina newspaper, published      by Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited. November 23, 2000; p.12.

 

  1. ‘Using Psychological Concepts to Improve      Organisational Effectiveness’ -      A feature article in the Sunday Leader newspaper, published by Leader      Publications (Pvt) Ltd. January 13, 2002; p.18.

 

  1. ‘Don’t Hit Your Little Daughter!’ - A Sinhala feature article      titled ‘Gahanne epa podi dhonita!’ on the Dhiveina newspaper, published by      Upali Newspapers Ltd. December 9, 2007; p.17.

 

  1. ‘Don’t Punish Your Little Daughter!’ - A feature article in the Sunday      Observer newspaper, published by Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited.      July 6, 2008; p.85.

 

  1. ‘Coping with Death of an Unborn’ - A feature article in the      MediScence of the Sunday Times newspaper, published by Wijeya Newspapers      Ltd. June 19, 2011; p.6.

 

  1. Being a Fatshionista’ - A feature article in the      MediScence of the Sunday Times newspaper, published by Wijeya Newspapers      Ltd. June 26, 2011; p.9.

 

  1. ‘In the Interest of Our Children’ - A feature article in the Ceylon      Today newspaper, published by Ceylon Newspapers (Pvt) Ltd. March 18, 2012;      p.6.

 

  1. ‘Psychology in Sri      Lanka’ - A feature article in the International Psychology Bulletin      published by the Division of International Psychology of the American      Psychological Association. Vol. 17, No. 3, Summer 2013; p.62-64.

 

  1. ‘Making your      Child’s Mind Healthy’ - A feature article to be published in the Section A      Newsletter of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science      (SLAAS). September 2013 {Co-authored with Nayomi Kannangaral}

 

6. Scientific and educational presentations on television

1. Psychological educator on the documentary on ‘Psychology of children exposed to armed conflicts’ on the program ‘Sathi’ of the ‘Young Asia Television Network’.

 

2. Invited discussant on ‘Psychology of children’ on the program ‘Waidyahamuwa’ of the ‘Teleshan (TNL) Network Pvt Ltd’. Date: 14.01.1999.

 

3. Invited discussant on ‘Women’s issues: A psychological perspective’ on the program ‘Liyaka Mahima’ of the ‘Teleshan (TNL) Network Pvt Ltd’. Date: 25.04.1999.

 

4. Invited discussant on ‘Disabled children’ on the program ‘Waidyahamuwa’ of the ‘Teleshan (TNL) Network Pvt Ltd’. Date: 29.04.1999.

 

5. Invited discussant on ‘Women’s issues: A psychological perspective’ on the program ‘Liyaka Mahima’ of the ‘Teleshan (TNL) Network Pvt Ltd’. Date: 16.05.1999.

 

6. Invited discussant on the school based telecast on ‘Peer bullying: Psychological impact and prevention’ on the program ‘Ape Peye’ on ‘Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation’. Year: 2006.

 

7. Invited discussant on the school based telecast on ‘Psychologically healthy teaching practices’ on the program ‘Ape Peye’ on ‘Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation’. Year: 2006.

 

8. Invited discussant on the home based telecast on ‘Healthy Parenting Practices (I) on the program ‘Ape Peye’ on ‘Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation’. Year: 2006.

 

9. Invited discussant on the home based telecast on ‘Healthy Parenting Practices (II) on the program ‘Ape Peye’ on ‘Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation’. Year: 2006.

 

10. Invited panelist on ‘Intimidations faced by children’ on a television program of ‘Swarnavahini’. Date: 27.01.2009.

 

11. Invited discussant on ‘The mind of a female and a child’ on the program ‘Nugasevena’ of the ‘Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation’. Date: 28.04.2011.

 

12. Invited panelist on ‘Parent/teacher - child relationships: Psychological perspectives’ on the program ‘Ira Andhuru Pata’ of the ‘Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation’. Date: 12.10.2011.

 

  1. E.     Research supervision

Doctor of Philosophy degree, University of Melbourne, Australia:

  1. Ongoing:      Dr. A. Rodrigo. Thesis: ‘Culturally      sensitive psychotherapy for Sri Lanka’. Jointly supervised with Prof. Harry Minas, Dr. Ritsuko Kakuma, and Associate Prof. Richard      Newton.

 

M.D. (Pediatrics), Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo:

  1. 2012:      Dr. T. A. D. Nishadi Ranasinghe.      Thesis: “Functional gastrointestinal diseases in children and association      between personality and quality of life”. Jointly supervised with Prof. Manouri Senanayake.

 

M.D. (Ayurveda), Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo:

  1. Ongoing:      Dr. V. Seneviratne. Thesis: ‘Effect of Centella Asiatica      (Linn) and cow’s milk mixture (Camix) on modulation of cognition in      healthy adults’. Jointly      supervised with Dr. Swarna Wijawantha and Dr. Kamal      Perera.

 

Master of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo:

  1. 2012: Ms. C. Paranavithana.      Thesis: “Adaptation of      the Repeatable Battery for The      Assessment of Neuropsychological Status to a      Sinhala speaking clinical population in Sri Lanka: Validation and      Reliability Testing”

 

  1. 2012:      Ms. C. M. Munasinghe. Thesis:      “Emotional abuse among 13 to 15 year old adolescents from clinical and      non-clinical settings: Influences of parenting styles and socio-economic      status”

 

  1. Ongoing:      Ms. L. de Silva. Thesis: “Randomized      control trial of CBT for the reduction of test anxiety in year five      students”

 

B. Sc. Physiotherapy degree, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo:

  1. 2011: Ms. T. Tennakoon. Thesis: “An      assessment of patient satisfaction with the physiotherapy treatment      provided at a general hospital in the Southern province of Sri Lanka”

 

  1. Ongoing: Ms. W. Jayarathne. Research topic: “The Effect of Relaxation Exercises on Reducing      Insomnia and Enhancing the Quality of Sleep in Elderly People Living in      Selected Elderly Homes in the Colombo District”

 

  1. Ongoing:      Ms. I. Indulie. Thesis: “An      assessment of patient satisfaction with care given by physiotherapists and      family members to those with a spinal cord injury”

 

  1. F.     Key professional achievements and activities

1. Appointments and positions held at national level

  1. 2012-up to date: Committee Member – Section A, Sri Lanka Association for the      Advancement of Science, Colombo
  2. 2007-2012: Member - National Mental Health Advisory Council, Ministry of      Health Care and Nutrition, Colombo
  3. 2007-2012: Member      - National Steering Committee      on Child Rights, Ministry      of Women’s and Children’s Affairs of Sri Lanka , Colombo
  4. 2001: Member      - National Task Force on      Preventing Child Trafficking for Exploitative Purposes, National Child      Protection Authority, Colombo
  5. 2001-2002: Member      - Advisory Committee on Psychological matters - Rana Viru Seva Authority, Presidential Secretariat, Colombo
  6. 2000-2001: Consultative      Group Member - Rana Viru      Surekum Ekakaya, Presidential Secretariat, Colombo
  7. 1999-2004: Board      Member - National Child      Protection Authority, Presidential Secretariat, Colombo
  8. 1999-2000: Expert      Resource Person - Health Watch Page, Ceylon Daily News Newspaper,      Colombo

2. Member of journal editorial boards and reviewer of journals

 

1. 2011-2013: Member of the Editorial Board - Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy, OMICS Publishing Group, USA

 

2. 2012-up to date: Member of the Editorial Board - Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka

 

3. 2011: Reviewer - Journal of Violence Against Women, Sage Publishers

 

4. 2011: Reviewer - Culture, Health and Sexuality, Taylor and Francis Group Publishers

 

5. 2011: Reviewer - Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, National Science Foundation,

Sri Lanka

 

2013: Reviewer - South African Journal of Psychology, Sage Publishers

 

3. Establishment of a post graduate clinical psychology training program in Sri Lanka

In 2007, with a group of psychologists from the University of London and University of East London, UK, we were able to set-up the first ever post graduate training program in clinical psychology in Sri Lanka – a Master of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, a two-year full-time degree program. Since then, I, together with others, have contributed to the development and provision of the teaching input to this M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology program of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Colombo.