Dr. (Mrs.) Gayani P. Gamage

Senior Lecturer (Grade II)

Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Health Sciences
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Contact:

Central Campus, Department of Psychology & Counselling, Faculty of Health Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

Office: +94112881355; 0112881000, Ext: 722

Email: gpgam@ou.ac.lk


I gained my Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in Psychology in UK and currently I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society. As a Senior lecturer in Psychology, I have more than eight years of experience in teaching, research and educational leadership. Since joining OUSL, I have been developing curriculum, designing courses and leading programme teams towards launching the first Bachelor of Science in Psychology programme in a public university in Sri Lanka. I have received training in developing material for open and distance learning mode using printed, electronic, online and interactive media outputs. Currently I am a member of the Faculty of Health Sciences Board and I contribute to various University and Faculty level committees. As the founding Head of the Department of Psychology and Counselling, I served my three year term from 2017-2020.

  • Head of the Department of Psychology & Counselling (01 Feb 2017-31 Jan 2020)
  • Senior Lecturer- Grade II (November 2016- to date)-Department of Psychology & Counselling, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Senior Lecturer (On Contract) -Dec 2015-Sept 2016-Department of Psychology & Counselling, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Senior Lecturer (On Contract) -Feb 2013- Nov 2015- Department of Philosophy & Psychology, University of Peradeniya
Area of Specification:

Health Psychology

Research Intrests:

Health behaviour change; Message framing

Affiliations:

Membership/Affiliations

  • Registered Chartered Health Psychologist (Reg.No.415427)- British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Member of Division of Health Psychology –British Psychological Society (BPS)
Contributions:
  • Member of the curriculum development committee for development of a certificate course for NVQ 4 level on Child care: Day Care Assistants, convened by the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA)-(April 2016 to Dec 2016)
  • Consultant/Resource person for Health Promotion & Education Bureau, Colombo in developing ‘Effective Counselling skills’ program for Nursing professionals at National Hospital, Colombo (March 2015 to date)
  • Member of curriculum development committee for development of a ‘Diploma in Palliative Care Medicine’ for the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PGIM), Colombo (August 2014-2017)
  • Observer at ‘Master Trainer Programme to Enhance Palliative Care Capacity and Leadership’ in Sri Lanka-Organised by NCCP, Sri Lanka, NCI, Maharagama, Australian Palliative Link International (APLI) and Lien Foundation of Singapore (Aug 2014 to 2017)

Invited talks:

Gamage G.P. (2019). Promoting Exercise. Invited Presentation at the Promoting Good Health Life Style Symposium. Proceedings of the 132rd Annual International Medical Congress of the Sri Lankan Medical Association (24th-27th July 2019)

Gamage. G.P. (Oct 2016). Use of Psychological Models in Dengue Health Education. Presentation at the “Dengue Research in Sri Lanka: Current & Emerging Trends”. Mini Symposium Organized by SLASS (Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science-Section D), 28th October 2016.

Course Coordination:

PLU3301, PLU3205, PLU4304, PLU4306

Awards:

Awarded project grants:

Herath, H.M.C.J. & Gamage, G.P. (2018-2019). Faculty of Health Sciences Research Grant of Rs. 152,000 received to conduct a research under title: Depression, Anxiety and Stress among Undergraduate Students in the Open University of Sri Lanka. A Cross-Sectional Study.

Mallawatantri, A., Punyawardena, B.V.R., Balasuriya, A., Gamage, G.P., Zarouk, Z. & Pathirage, S. (2018-2019). Funds received from Climate Change Secretariat (CCS) and UNICEF to conduct a research study on Climate Change Impact on Women and Children in Sri Lanka.

Researches:

Journals

Randeniya, D & Gamage, G.P. (2019). A Review Study on Attitudes of Sri Lankan Undergraduates towards Gender Based Violence, VISTAS, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 12(1), pp.1-16.

Book Chapters

De Zoysa, P., Rajasuriya, M., Gamage, G.P. & Rathnayake, A. (2017). Effective communication in Palliative care (Ch.2). In Palliative care manual for management of non-cancer patients: A guide for health care professionals (Oct 2017). Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.

Rajasuriya, M., De Zoysa, P.T., Gamage, G.P., Randenikumara, S. & Anthony, C.M.A. (2017). Loss, Grief and Bereavement in Palliative Care (Ch.9). In Palliative care manual for management of non-cancer patients: A guide for health care professionals (Oct 2017). Ministry of Health Sri Lanka.

Conference Proceedings

Gunasekara, A.S. & Gamage, G.P (2018). Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and the academic, emotional and interpersonal impact on students at University of Colombo, Proceedings of the 16th Open University International Research Sessions (iOURS), 29th-30th November 2018

Gunasekara, M. K. U. M & Gamage, G.P. (2018). Association Between Pain Coping Strategies and Depression, Anxiety, Stress Among Adults with Chronic Mechanical Low Back Pain (CMLBP) In Gampaha District, Proceedings of the 16th Open University International Research Sessions (iOURS), 29th-30th November 2018

Colombage, K.S.A. & Gamage, G.P. (Nov 2017). Needs analysis of Prospective Learners to develop a Psychology Programme in Open and Distance Learning Mode. Proceedings of the 15th Open University Research Sessions-OURS 2017.The Open University of Sri Lanka, 16th-17th Nov. 2017, p.33-36.

Randeniya, D. & Gamage, G.P. (July 2016). Explicit and Implicit Attitudes towards Gender Based Violence: An Exploratory Study of Sri Lankan University Students. Extended Abstract published in the Proceedings of the International Conference on the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ICHSS), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Posters (International)

Jayawardana, H.K.H. & Gamage, G.P. (2019). Mental Health Care Provision for School going Adolescents in Colombo: A School Counsellor’s perspective. Poster presented at BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, Manchester, UK (10th-11th July 2019).

Research Supervisions:

MPhil in Clinical Psychology Programme -University of Colombo, Faculty of Graduate Studies

2020- Boralessa, P. T. D. S.

The Impact of Language Use in Relation to Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness among Psychiatric Out-Patients in Colombo District Hospitals

2018- Ms. M.K.U.Gunasekare

Association between Pain Coping Strategies and Depression, Anxiety, Stress among Adults with Chronic Mechanical Low Back Pain in Gampaha District

2016 -Ms.Anagi Gunasekara
The prevalence of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and its impact among students at the University of Colombo

Publications:

Gamage. G.P. (Oct 2016). Use of Psychological Models in Dengue Health Education. Presented at the “Dengue Research in Sri Lanka: Current & Emerging Trends”. Mini Symposium Organized by SLASS (Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science-Section D), Oct 28, 2016.

 

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