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Department of Philosophy & Psychology

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Dr.B.D.D.Pathirana

B.A (Hons), M.A (Psychology), Ph.D(Colombo)

buddhiprabha2001@yahoo.com

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Dr Buddhiprabha D D Pathirana, is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology attached to Department of Philosophy and Psychology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka since 2001. She obtained her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Delhi, India and her PhD from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has also completed three post- doctoral fellowships as a Commonwealth, ERASMUS MUNDUS and DAAD fellow. She co-developed two post graduate courses (MSc in Applied Psychology and MSc in Psychology) and developed MPhil and PhD in Psychology at the University of Peradeniya. She has held several key positions in national level organizations such as serving as a Board Member of the National Child Protection Authority, and National University Consultant, Psychosocial Capacity Building Group. She has published vastly and her research/academic interests include child protections, forensic interviewing, early childhood education, early violence prevention, trauma and psychosocial interventions.
International – Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • Pathirana, B.D.D (2016) “Sri Lankan Adolescents’ Relationships with their Parents, Siblings and Peers: An Exploratory Study”, The International Journal of Indian Psychology, 3(2,4), 38-50.
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (September, 2015). Perceived Preschool Teacher Practices in Preventing Aggressive Behaviors and Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in Sri Lankan Preschool Children: Recommendations from a multi-method study, South Asia Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, 1(8), 111-128.
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (July, 2015). Creating a Rainbow: Recommendations for developing efficient, feasible and sustainable early childhood care and educational reforms to promote the optimal development within preschool children in Sri Lanka, International Journal of Advanced Research, 3(7), 934-942.
  • Pathirand, B.D.D. (July, 2015). Impact of preschool teacher practices and physical environment of the preschools on recycling practices within preschool children: A case study from Sri Lanka, International Journal of Research in Social Sciences & Humanities, 5(III), 74-87.
  • Pathirana, B. & de Soyza, P. (2015). The effectiveness of a short-term training program on child protection among Sri Lankan police officers, International Journal of Police Science & Management, 17(3), 189-193.
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (June, 2015). “Investigating the relationship between knowledge, attitudes, and perceived environmental protection practices among Sri Lankan school teachers and preschool teachers”, South Asia Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, 1 (IV), 63-70.
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (June, 2015). "Mapping out the potential role for Sri Lankan school counselor: An exploratory study", International Journal of Advanced Research, 3(5), 609-618.
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2014). In search of an ‘Anti-Peptrine’?, Investigating structured group therapy as an intervention technique for maltreated, former street children in Sri Lanka, Biopsychological Basics of Life, Journal of Research Network, Bio Net, 1, 19-35.
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  • Ittyerah, M., & Pathirana, B.D. (2000). Psychological impact of violence and abuse in the lives of street children in Sri Lanka, Journal of Human Growth and Development, 10 (2), 47-59.
International – Book Chapters
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2012). Learning and adjustment of Sri Lankan children to Tsunami after post Tsunami Interventions: Exploring the efficiency, relevance, effectiveness, outcome, and sustainability of the psychosocial intervention and early childhood care and educational programs provided to Sri Lankan children during Tsunami to 2011. Frankfurt: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers
  • Pathirana, B.DD. (2010). Significance of preschool teacher training pertaining to peace education & early violence in preschool children: The Sri Lankan Profile In. Witruk, E., David, R., Teichert, A., Haase, N., & Stueck, M. (eds.). Learning, Adjustment and Stress Disorders: With special reference to Tsunami affected regions. Frankfurt: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. ISBN 978-3-631-57776-9
I.II : National – Articles
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2013). Play Therapy. In. Counseling Vol 5. 93–105.
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2013). Time – Out as an effective intervention strategy for children who display aggressive behaviors. In. Counseling Vol 5. 36 - 39. Sinhala
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2012). A Survey of Preschool Teacher Perceptions Pertaining to Aggressive Behaviors of Preschool Children in Sri Lanka. In The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities. Vol XXXVIII (Number 1). 79-90.
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2012). Importance of basic listening skills. In. Counseling. 1, 24 –33. A publication of Counselling Association, Faculty of Education
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2011). Ensuring Harmony and Protection in Pre-school Education. Sri Lanka Journal of Advance Social Studies,  2 (2), 111-130.
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2011). The cost of violence on children. In The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities. Vol XXXVII (Numbers 1 & 2).
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2011). Ethical Issues which Counselors need to Consider. In Abeypala, R. (Eds.). Education, Vol 43, Faculty of Education, University of Colombo. Sinhala Medium
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2008). The Psychology of Aging, ‘VIDURAVI’: The Science Magazine of the National Science Foundation, 25 (2), 7-11.
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2007). Investigating the relationship between gender difference and aggression in preschool children. In. Jayaweera, S. (Eds.). Colombo, Center for Women’s Research Publication.
  • Pathirana, B.D. D. (2003). An aspect, which parents do not consider in relation to young children In Keerthi, L. K. (Eds.). Pavasa, Vol 03. Sinhala Medium
  • Pathirana, B.D. D. (2003). Violence & Preschool Children In Edirisinghe, D. (Eds.).Vidu Sathara, Navadagala; G/ Vidya Samadhi Pirivena. Sinhala Medium
  • Pathirana, B.D. D. (2001). Challenges Faced by the “Door Step Community” in the 21st Century - A Critical Analysis of Problems faced by the Preschool Sectors in Sri Lanka, Journal of Education, Western Province Education Ministry Publication.
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2001). Importance of Parental Participation on Early Childhood Education Program in Journal of Education, Western Province Education Ministry Publication. Sinhala Medium.
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2001). History & Development of Psychological Tests In. Abeypala, R. (Eds.). Education, Vol 13, Faculty of Education, University of Colombo. Sinhala Medium
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2000). Healing Therapies for Abused Children and Their Families in THE REPORT OF THE TRAINING WORKSHOP ON CHILD ABUSE (17th to 19th Feb, 2000)
BOOKS & BOOKLETS
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2015). Farewell to Cane: Ways of creating holding environments for young children through positive guidance. Colombo: Godage Publishers.
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2015). ‘Mayakakra Pihatu Thoppiya’ (Magic feather hat: Introduction of an innovative decision making strategy). Colombo: Sarasavi Publishers
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2014). Didula, our play school: Resource book I, for teacher to promote prosocial behaviors and prevent/ minimize aggressive behaviors in young children. Colombo, Canadian Red Cross Publications, In Sinhala
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2014). Back to Didula: Resource book I, for teacher to promote prosocial behaviors and prevent/ minimize aggressive behaviors in young children. Colombo, Canadian Red Cross Publications, In Sinhala
  • Pathirana, J.D and Pathirana B.D.D. (2013). Practical Aspects Pertaining to Preschool Teacher Training. Colombo: Godage Publishers. Sinhala Medium
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2009). Working with children who have experienced child abuse: resource book for child care workers: Save the Children Publications. English
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2009). Working with children who have experienced abuse, a resource book for child care workers: Save the Children Publication. Sinhala
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2008). “Surakimu Ape Daruwan” (English Meaning - Let’s protect our children) (Parenting booklet sponsored by Save the Children Sri Lanka. Save the Children Publication. Sinhala
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. & Maskorala, S. (2007). Your Child’s World (Parenting booklet). Hemas Publication. Sinhala Medium
  • Pathirana, B.D. D. (2005). Booklet for individuals who work with children affected by Tsunami. Sarvodaya Publication -  Sinhala Medium
  • Pathirana, B.D. D. (2005). Booklet for individuals who work with children affected by Tsunami – Sarvodaya Publication: English Medium
  • Pathirana, B.D. D. (2005). Preschool Children, Peace Education and Conflict Resolution: Applied Aspects for Preschool Teachers. UNDP sponsored,  Sinhala Medium
POSTER
  • Co- Developer, Child Rights and Responsibilities poster published and distributed by National Child Protection Authority.
Bookmarks
  • Five book marks developed for school children in Monaragala, Sri Lanka on themes: Values of parents, making friends, effective use of cell phones, importance of watching child friendly television programs and what is child abuse?
Reports
  • Pathirana, B.D.D. (2008). Research on “Be Safe!” Child Personal Safety Program Investigating Improvement in Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes of Children, Teachers and Master Trainers, Sponsored by Canadian Red Cross; Can be downloaded from: http://s3.amazonaws.com/zanran_storage/www.redcross.ca/ContentPages/17963434.pdfConference presentations (Oral):
    International
    Menikdiwela, K., & Pathirana, B.D.D. (2015). Special Education in Czech Republic and Sri Lanka with special reference to Dyslexia, In. International workshop: Dyslexia and coping, 8th & 9th December, 2015The University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (2014). Perceived  recycling practices of the Sri Lankan preschool teachers, on 4th of July, 2014, In. Peradeniya University International Research Sessions.
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (2013).  Perceived practices and attitudes of the Sri Lanka preschool children pertaining to environmental protection. In. 2nd  International Conference on Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
    Ven.Hun Khamra and Pathirana, B.D.D (2013). Play of novice monks before and after being ordained: An exploratory study. In. 2nd  International Conference on Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
    Ponnamperuma, C.J., & Pathirana, B.D.D. (2013). Psychosocial factors influencing Sri Lankan investor's behavior: A case study from the Colombo Stock Exchange, 52. In. Cruciani, M.  ed. Le scienze cognitive: applicazioni e valore  socio-economico (The cognitive sciences: applications and socio-economic value). Department of Economics and Management, University of Trento, Italy.
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (2013). Psychological and theatre interventions for grief and war trauma of disabled soldiers: A case study from Sri Lanka. In. International workshop: Psychological consequences of traumatic experiences. 3rd May, 2013.  In. The University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (2011, Dec). Investigating the Levels of Stress and Coping Strategies in the University Students of Peradeniya. In 1st International Conference on the Social Science and the Humanities (ICSSH 2011),         University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
    Pathirana, B.D.D (2011). Attitudes pertaining to Psychology within the University students of Peradeniya, 10 years before and now. September, 2011. In. The University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (2010). Preschool teachers perceptions of teacher practices in preventing and minimizing aggressive behaviors and promoting pro-social behaviors in preschool children. In 12th International Conference on Sri Lankan Studies, Open University, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 18th to 20th March, 2010.
    Pathirana, B.D.D (2009). Development of Psychology in a developing country: Sri Lankan Perspective. In “Historical Aspects of Psychology – with Special Reference to the 130th Anniversary of the Psychological Institute in Leipzig” and “Learning and    Adjustment Disorders – with Special Reference to Disaster Affected Regions” on 20th and 21st of November 2009
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (2006). Preschool Teacher Training Pertaining to early violence prevention as an important aspect of rehabilitative education. In. International, interdisciplinary workshop: “Learning and adjustment disorders with special reference to Tsunami affected regions – Basic mechanisms, assessment and treatment” Leipzig, Germany, 16th to 21st January, 2006
    Jaufer, J., Pathirana, B.D.D., Yuniarti, K.W, and Witruk, W. (2006).Report about the psychological interventions after the Tsunami in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. In. International,interdisciplinary workshop: “Learning and adjustment disorders             with special reference to Tsunami affected regions – Basic mechanisms, assessment and treatment” Leipzig, Germany, 16th to 21st January, 2006
    Fernando, G. and Pathirana, B.D.D. (2005). Psychological Interventions for victims of Tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka. Western Psychological Association. USA.
    Pathirana, B.D.D (2003). Preschool Children & Violence: Psychological Profile in 09th International Conference on Sri Lankan Studies, 28th –30th November, 2003, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka.National
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (2014). ‘Culture vs. Maturation?’ Are types of play displayed by Sri Lankan infant and toddlers an impact of developmental sequence based on maturation or based in the Sri Lankan cultural context? An exploratory study. In.Nactional Centre for Adavanced Studies in Humanities  and Social Science (NCEAS) research sessions.
    Pathirana, B.D.D (2012). Investigating the levels of stress and coping strategies among arts stream, male and female university students of Peradeniya. 13th National Convention of Women studies, Centre for Women’s Research, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (2010). Preschool Teacher Perceptions of Prosocial Behaviors. In. Peradeniya University Research Sessions. December, 2010. University of Peradeniya.
    Pathirana, B.D.D (2009). Impact of perceived violence and abuse in the lives of street children in   Sri Lanka. In. Peradeniya University Research Sessions. December, 2009.University of Peradeniya.
    Pathirana, B.D.D (2008). Investigating improvements of knowledge of Sri Lankan children who have participated in the “Be Safe!” child personal safety program. In. Peradeniya University Research Sessions. December, 2008. University of Peradeniya.
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (2007). Investigating the relationship between gender difference and   aggression in preschool children. Centre for Women’s Research, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
    Pathirana, B.D.D & Fernando, G. (2006). Teacher perceptions of ethnic violence on preschool children in Sri Lanka. In. Peradeniya University Research Sessions. November, 2006. University of Peradeniya.
    Pathirana, B.D.D (2006). Investigating the Relationship between Gender Difference and Aggression in Preschool Children.In Tenth National Convention on Women’s Studies, 2nd-5th April, 2006, Centre for Women’s Research, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (December, 2005). Preschool Teacher Perceptions: Aggressive Behaviors of Preschool Children. In. 61st Annual session of the Sri Lankan Association for the Advancement of Science. Open University, Sri Lanka. 12th to 17th December, 2005.
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (December, 2005). Profile of Early Childhood Education in Sri Lanka: Analyzing the past, designing a way forward. In 10th International Conference on Sri Lankan Studies, Kelaniya, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 16th to 18th December, 2005.
    Pathirana, B.D.D & Wijethunge, S. (2004). Investigating Sri Lankan preschool teacher perceptions towards disciplinary practices: Aggressive behavior in Sri Lankan preschool children. In.Peradeniya University Research Sessions. 10th November, 2004. University of Peradeniya.
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (2004). Interventions for maltreated children in Sri Lanka: Suggestions for future implications. In. “Mental well being of children is the foundation of a healthy society” - Universal children’s day program, Sri Lanka  Foundation  Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
    Pathirana, B.D.D & Dissanayke, V. (2004). Investigation of problems and coping skills of war widows. In the South of Sri Lanka in Ninth National Convention on Women’s Studies, 20th-23rd March, 2004, Centre for Women’s Research, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
                                       
    Conference presentations (Posters):
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (2015). Perceived coping strategies of Sri Lankan adolescence: An exploratory study,  In. International workshop: Dyslexia and coping, 8th & 9th December, 2015The University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
    Pathirana, B.D.D (2009). Learning and adjustment of Sri Lankan children to Tsunami after post Tsunami Interventions. In “Historical Aspects of Psychology – with Special Reference to the 130th Anniversary of the Psychological Institute in Leipzig” and “Learning and Adjustment Disorders – with Special Reference to Disaster Affected Regions” on 20th and 21st of November 2009
    Pathirana, B.D.D. (2014). Interventions available to Sri Lankan children and their parents pertaining to dyslexia. In. International Workshop “Dyslexia and Traumatic Experience”, held at University of Leipzig, on 5th-6th, 2014.

 

  • DAAD, Scholarship; Academic Fellow (September, 2016 to October,  2016)
  • Erasmus Mundus, EXPERTSIV;  Staff Fellow (24th of September, 2015 to 31st of October, 2015)
  • Erasmus Mundus Post-Doctoral Fellow,  31st of December, 2012 to 30th of June, 2013
  • Commonwealth Fellow, September, 2012 to December, 2012
  • Award of recognition presented for the service rendered for five years as a board member of the National Child Protection Authority (2007 - 2012)
  • British Council award to complete a one month research internship in Institute of International Health & Development, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, U.K (March, 2008), Awarded by British Council, Sri Lanka
  • Ten days research stay from University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (November, 2009) sponsored by German Academic Exchange Program.
  • One month research internship from University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (Jan, 2005) awarded by German Academic Exchange Program.
  • Research Grant, National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka; 2004, PhD research
  • Faculty Research Grant, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, 2003 – 2004, PhD research
  • UNICEF Research Grant, PhD research (2003 – 2004)
  • Wilhelm Fellowship awarded by ISLE Foundation (2003)