Ms. B.G. Ransirini de Silva

Senior Lecturer II


Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Health Sciences
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Contact:

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

Office: 112881000, Ext: 722

Email: bgsil@ou.ac.lk


Areas of Specialization:

Clinical Psychology

Research interests:

Anxiety Disorders; Social Anxiety Disorder, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mental Health and Wellbeing of University Students, Cross cultural study of Psychology

Affiliations:

Early Career Researcher (Sri Lanka) – North East England South Asia Mental Health Alliance (NEESAMA)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Reg No. 33) – Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC)

International Affiliate (Membership No. 13815874) – American Psychological Association (APA)

Contributions:

Resource person for Health Education Bureau, Colombo in delivering ‘Effective Counselling Skills’ program for Nursing professionals at National Hospital, Colombo (March 2017 to date)

Member of the expert panel for the curriculum development of the Certificate Course in Barefoot Counselling (CCBC) in facilitated by the Public Health Foundation of India www.phfi.org and Mind India, Institute of Positive Mental Health and Research -2020/2021

Resource person for the curriculum development of the B. A. Youth Development, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies, The Open University of Sri Lanka – 2019

Programme Coordination:

Level 5; Course Chair

Course Coordination:

2021

PLU5306; Clinical Psychology
PLU4302; Abnormal Psychology
PLU3205; Academic Writing

Researches:

Journal/Conference Publications

Hapangama, A., de Silva, R., Williams, S. S., de Zoysa, P. T., Wickremasinghe, R.
R.,Kuruppuarachchi, K. L., & Ravindran, A. (2021). Randomized controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral group therapy (CBGT) compared to a waitlist control in the treatment of university students with social anxiety disorder. Journal of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, E1511-10.

Nilakarawasam, N., de Silva, R., Alwis, D., de Silva, R., Bulathwaththa, T., Dilsha, N., & Athapaththu, B. (2021). Developing a proactive motivational individual student support system at OUSL: A preliminary study for identification of influential factors. 34th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (p. 64). Colombo : The Open University of Sri Lanka.

Hapangama, A., Kuruppuarachchi, L. A., de Silva, R., Wickramasinghe, A. R., Ravindran, A., & amp; Williams, S. S. (2020). Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS-SR) Sinhala Version. Ceylon Medical Journal, 65, 28-31.DOI: 10.4038/cmj. v65i1-2.9134

Hapangama, A., De Silva, B.G. R., De Zoysa, P. T., Kuruppuarachchi, K. A., Ravindran, A., Wickramasinghe, A. R., & Williams, S. S. (2020). Randomized controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral group therapy compared to a waitlist control in the treatment of university students with social phobia. 133rd International Medical Congress, pp. 26-27. Colombo: Sri Lanka Medical Association.

Jansz, M. I., Tilakawardena, S., Nandana, W. A., de Silva, B. R., Hapugoda, J., & Punchimudiyanse, M. (2019). Networking Education into the Future: Why Social Media? A Review. Proceedings of the Open University Research Sessions (OURS 2019). Nawala: The Open University of Sri Lanka.

De Silva, B. G. R, de Zoysa, P., Williams, S. S. (2018). Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for University Students with Social Anxiety Disorder: The Development of a Culturally Valid Treatment. International Research Symposium on Social Sciences and Humanities (p.108). Colombo: National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Sri Lanka.

De Silva, B. G. R, de Zoysa, P., Williams, S. S. (2018). Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for University Students with Social Anxiety Disorder: The Development of a Culturally Valid Treatment. Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Medicine. Colombo: University of Colombo.

de Silva, B. R., Williams, S. S., & de Zoysa, P. (2016). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for University Students with Social Phobia: A Method to Culturally Adapt Group Therapy. 129th Anniversary International Medical Congress (p. 171). Colombo: Sri Lanka Medical Association.

De Silva, B. R. (2015). Validation and Adaptation of the Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory-Revised (OCI-R) among University Students in Sri Lanka. Annual Research Symposium, The Faculty of Graduate Studies. Colombo: University of Colombo.

De Silva, B. R., & Williams, S. S. (2015). Anxiety Disorders. The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry, 6 (1), 38-40.

De Silva, B. R. (2014). Validation and the Adaptation of the Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory-Revised (OCI-R) among University Students in Sri Lanka. Annual Research Sessions of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Colombo: University of Colombo.

Peer Review Contribution to Journals/Conferences

PLOS One, ‘In Employees’ favour or not? – The Impact of Virtual Office Platform on the Work-Life Balances’, (Manuscript ID: PONE-D-21-14212R1), 2021

PLOS One, ‘In Employees’ favour or not? – The Impact of Virtual Office Platform on the Work-Life Balances’, (Manuscript ID: PONE-D-21-14212), 2021

Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open Universities, ‘The Utilization of Augmented Reality-based Learning Media in Practical Courses’ (Abstract ID: 170), 2021

Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open Universities, ‘Data Monopoly and Social Media Pedagogy: Curious Case of Data Capitalism and Platformed Fetishism in Life Long Learning’ (Abstract ID: 170), 2021

Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open Universities, ‘The Attitudes and Motivations Toward Mobile Learning – a Study on the Teachers and Learners of Bangladesh Open University’ (Abstract ID: 170), 2021

PLOS One, ‘Health Anxiety, Coping Mechanisms and COVID 19: an Indian Community Sample at Week 1 of Lockdown’, (Manuscript ID: PONE-D-20-23653R1), 2021

PLOS One, ‘Health Anxiety, Coping Mechanisms and COVID 19: an Indian Community Sample at Week 1 of Lockdown’, (Manuscript ID: PONE-D-20-23653), 2020

OUSL Journal, ‘Challenges of Mentoring Among University Academics in Nigeria’, 2020

 

Research Supervisions:

‘Traits of depression, anxiety, stress and self-esteem among adults who stutter’, Rangika Fernando for MSc Clinical and Health Psychology, University of West London – 2019 (Distinction)

‘The attitudes of the secondary level students of Dhammarathana Vidyalaya in Galle towards learning English Language’, Sankalpa Gamage for MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, OUSL (On-going)

‘Social anxiety among university students from different ethnic backgrounds in Sri Lanka’, Husni Malik for MSc Clinical and Health Psychology, University of West London, UK – 2021

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