Prof. Thilini Rajapakse
Professor in Psychiatry,Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka. Consultant Psychiatrist, Psychiatry Unit, Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya




Office address Dept. of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
Educational/Professional Qualifications

MBBS, MD (Psychiatry), PhD

Areas of research interests

Suicide and self-harm, depression, mood disorders

Positions Held
  • Joint Editor, Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry
  • Former Head, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
  • Former Secretary, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists
  • Former Secretary, Kandy Society of Medicine


  • Rajapakse T, Christensen H, Cotton S, Griffiths KM. Non-fatal self-poisoning across age groups, in Sri Lanka. Asian J Psych 2016;19:79-84.
  • Rajapakse T. Gender differences in Suicide in Sri Lanka what does it tell us? Ceylon Medical Journal 2016:61:139-141.
  • Chandradasa M, Champika L, Rajapakse TN. Association of family history of bipolar disorder with risk of violence in inpatient mania; a cohort study. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry 2016;7(2):12-15.
  • Fernando AM, Godavitharan AMM, Pathirana S, Tennakoon S, Ariyasinghe D, Rajapakse TN. Stigma experienced by persons diagnosed to have a mental illness- a descriptive study. SL J Psychiatry 2017;8(1):24-28.
  • Rajapakse T. A review of changing patterns of suicide and deliberate self-harm in Sri Lanka. SL J Psychiatry 2017;8(1):3-9.
  • Rajapakse T, Griffiths KM, Christensen H, Cotton S. Non-fatal self-poisoning in Sri Lanka; associated triggers and motivations. BMC Public Health 2015;15:1167
  • Rajapakse T, Griffiths KM, Christensen H, Cotton S. A comparison of non-fatal self-poisoning among males and females, in Sri Lanka. BMC Psychiatry 2014;14(1):221-234/li>
  • Rajapakse T. Sex, gender and psychiatry: It is important? SL J of Psychiatry 2016;7(2):1-2.
  • Rajapakse T, Griffiths KM, Christensen H. Characteristics of non-fatal self-poisoning in Sri Lanka: a systematic review. BMC Public Health 2013;13:331.
  • Abeyasinghe R, Tennakoon S, Rajapakse T. The development and validation of the Peradeniya Depression Scale (PDS) A culturally relevant tool for screening of depression in Sri Lanka. Journal Affect Disord 2012;142:143-149
  • Rajapakse T, Garcia-Rosales A, Weerawardena S, Cotton S, Fraser R. Themes of delusions and hallucinations in first-episode psychosis. Early Int Psychiatry 2011; 5(3):254-258.
  • Rajapakse T, Sivapalasingam A. Patients presenting with depression to a psychiatry clinic: a descriptive survey. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry 2011;2(1):36-38.
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