Prof. Dewasmika Indrapali Ariyasinghe
Professor in Psychiatry
 
     
   
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
dewasmika.ariyasinghe@med.pdn.ac.lk, dewasmika.ariyasinghe@gmail.com
+94 81 238 8834
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Educational Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (February 2002), University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka)
  • Graduated with 2nd Class Honours, ranked 151st in national merit order out of 556 medical graduates
  • Doctor of Medicine – MD- Psychiatry (November 2008) – University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • A Specialist in Psychiatry (May 2011) – Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Training in a Specialized Unit for Care for the Elderly in Australia in 2010 and 2012
  • PhD student at National Centre for Population Health, College of Health and Medicine, Australian National University, Australia since July 202.
Research Interests
  • Strategies on prevention of alcohol abuse in Sri Lanka
  • Cognitive impairment in normal ageing, mental illnesses, head injuries and other cerebral insults
  • Adverse effects of long-term lithium therapy on kidneys
  • Benefits of lithium on cognitions
  • Cognitive, social, and psychological impairments in normal ageing, addictive disorders, depression, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia
Experience in Teaching
Undergraduate
  • The Professorial Psychiatry Unit of Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya and Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Behavioural Science Module- Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • The Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Examiner in the Final MBBS examination in Universities of Peradeniya, Rajarata, Jaffna, Kelaniya, Kotalawala Defence Academy and Eastern University of Sri Lanka
Postgraduate
  • Post graduate trainees in Psychiatry, The Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Post graduate trainees in Medicine, The Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Examiner in Selection Examination in MD (Psychiatry) and MD Psychiatry Examination, Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Awards and Scholarships
  • 'Romaine Rutnam Scholarship' awarded by the Australian National University to do a PhD on 'Designing a culturally acceptable brief intervention to minimize alcohol related harm' (2020)
  • 'Full Time Higher Degree Research Scholarship' awarded by the Australian National University to do a PhD on 'Designing a culturally acceptable brief intervention to minimize alcohol related harm' (2020)
  • Best Oral Presentation 3rd place. Baminiwatta AKAB, Ariyasinghe DI, Hewawasam C, Dassanayake TL. Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT): Age-, Sex- And Education-Adjusted Sri Lankan Norms. Proceedings of Annual Research Sessions of Kandy Society of Medicine. February 2020
  • University Research Grant 2016 for the research on 'Normative data for selected neuropsychological tests for Sri Lankans: Ray Auditory Verbal Learning Test, Stroop Test, verbal fluency, category fluency and digit span (forwards and backwards)'
  • National Research Council Merit Award for Scientific Publication, 2015
  • Fellowship awarded by the World Psychiatric Association, 2014 for Early Career Psychiatrists
  • National University Colours for Netball 1999 & 2000
  • 'Mahapola’ Higher Education (Merit) Scholarship (1996-2002) for University Undergraduate Education
  • National Colours for Athletics 1991
  • 'Best All-Round Student: 1991', Maliyadeva Girls’ College, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
Membership in Professional Associations
  • Life member of Kandy Society of Medicine, Sri Lanka
  • Member of Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Association for Child Development
Posts and Positions held
  • A Council Member of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, 2020, 2021
  • A member, the organizer and an editor of the standing committee appointed by the University Grants Commission on Medical and Dental Sciences to develop core-curriculum of psychiatry for MBBS degree programmes in all universities of Sri Lanka, 2017
  • A Council Member of the Kandy Society of Medicine, 2015-2016
  • The secretary of the Clinical Curriculum Development Committee (CCDC), Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - April 2015 to June 2017
 
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