Pdn_Logo

Department of Philosophy & Psychology

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Dr.Udeni Appuhamilage

 
B.A(Peradeniya), M.Phil(Illinois), Ph.D(ANU)

udenia1@yahoo.com
+94

Education

  • 2015 PhD in Psychological Anthropology
         The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • 2006 Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
    Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Chicago, IL, US
  • 2003 Post Graduate Diploma in Counseling and Psychosocial Work (Distinction Pass)
    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • 2002 Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology
    University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Appointments

  • 2015 July – October:
    Teaching Assistant, School of Culture, History and Languages, The Australian National University
    2008 March – To date:
    Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya
    2010 July – To date:
    Visiting Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya
    2009 April – 2010 June:
    Visiting Lecturer - Masters Degree Program in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Department of Sociology, University of Ruhuna
    2008 January – To date:
    Visiting Lecturer - Post Graduate Diploma in Counseling and Psychosocial Work/ Master in Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo
    2007 –To date:
    Visiting Lecturer, Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, Faculty of Agricultural Science, University of Peradeniya
    2008 February – To date:
    Visiting Lecturer - Diploma in Psychology, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Sri Lanka
    2007 March – 2009 December:
    Visiting Lecturer, School of Computing, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
    2007 September – 2008 June:
    Visiting Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya
    2007 August:
    Visiting lecturer, Social Policy Analysis and Research Center, University of Colombo
    2006: Teaching Assistant, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    2006 August – 2008 February:
    Program Officer – Psychosocial Assessment of Developmental and Humanitarian Interventions (PADHI), Social Policy Analysis and Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo
    2006 August – 2007 November:
    Technical Assistance for Asia Foundation – Reducing Effects and Incidences of Torture (RESIST), Social Policy Analysis and Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo
    2003 – 2004:
    Psychosocial Trainer, War Trauma and Psychosocial Support Programs, Sri Lanka
    2002-2003:
    Counselor and Coordinator (of Video Evidence program), National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), Sri Lanka
    2002 – 2003,
    Counselor and Child Care Officer, National Training, and Counseling Center for Children, Sri Lanka

Research Interests

  • Cross-Cultural Psychology, Human Emotion
  • Sri Lanka and the South Asian region: Affect, Trauma, Embodiment, Structural Violence, Suffering, Power and Human Resilience.

Publications

  • Conference Publications

    Appuhamilage, U. (2015 September 18). Retribution, restoration and resolution: Mapping reconciliation movements in Sri Lanka. Paper presented at the Friday Anthropological Seminar Series of the Department of Anthropology, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.
  • Appuhamilage, U. (2015 April 1). Honoring what? Honoring whom? Commemorations, rituals and death in post-war Sri Lanka. Paper presented at the Anthropological Seminar Series of the Department of Anthropology, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.
  • Appuhamilage, U. (2014 December 3-7). Living with trauma: Space, objects and healing. Paper presented at 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington DC, USA
  • Appuhamilage U. (2014 November 4-5). Order, disorder and bare life: The case of contemporary Sri Lanka. Paper presented at Disorder: The Annual University of Sydney Anthropology Symposium, Sydney, Australia
  • Appuhamilage, U. (2014 July 8-10). Human subjectivity and/or objects: Questioning the borders of affect. Paper presented at ASAA Biennial Conference, Perth, Australia
  • Appuhamilage, U. (2010 October 05-06). Contextualized vocabulary for emotions. Paper presented at McGill-PRDA Collaborative Workshop on Community Mental Health and Mental Health of Youth and Children, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Appuhamilage, U. (2010, December 17). A culture-specific emotion vocabulary: Case study of ‘Shoka’ and ‘Hasa’. Paper presented at Peradeniya University Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Appuhamilage, U. (2009 December 3). Emotion Language; Why Metaphor? Paper presented at Peradeniya University Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Appuhamialge, U. (2009 April 2nd & 3rd). Local understandings and experiences of wellbeing in Sri Lanka; The role of emotion “Muditha” in the average Sri Lankan’s Wellbeing. Paper presented at Conference on Wellbeing and Development in Sri Lanka, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Appuhamialge, U. (2008 October 9th-11th). Empathy, feelings and client centered psychotherapy: A cultural perspective from Sri Lanka. Paper presented at The 5th World Congress of Psychotherapy, China
  • Abeyasekara, A., & Appuhamilage, U. (2007 March 22nd & 23rd). Understanding the impact of developmental interventions on psychosocial wellbeing: Developing a wellbeing assessment for long-term impact monitoring. Paper presented at International Conference on Evaluation – An Essential Element in the Development Process, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Appuhamialge, U. (2006 June 21st – 25th). A client centered approach to work with conflict-affected population. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Association for the Development of the Person Centered Approach (ADPCA), Fargo, ND, USA

 

  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

    Appuhamilage, U. (2015). Silence: An absent presence? Demos (Online Journal - http://www.demosproject.net/silence-an-absent-presence/) - Issue 2.
  • Appuhamilage, U. (2012). Review of Lago, C., and Smith, B. (2010). Anti-Discriminatory Practices in Counseling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage. Journal of Person Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 11:4, (337-339)
  • Appuhamilage, U., (2011) Cross cultural formulation and psychopathology. In S.Manjula (Ed.), Nanasa, 19, (14-20)
  • Appuhamilage, U., (2009) Local understandings and experiences of wellbeing in Sri Lanka: Understanding ‘Muditha’ from a psychosocial wellbeing framework. In G. Samarasingha, and M. Staunton (Eds.), Psychosocial Wellbeing and Development Study Series 8 (15-30). Colombo: SPARC, University of Colomb

 

  • Books

    Appuhamilage, U. (Ed.) (2011). Community Mental Health and Mental Health of Youth and Children, Selected Research Papers. Colombo; PRDA
  • Abeyasekara, A., Amarasuriya., H., Appuhamilage, U., Ferdinando, M. & Salih, M. (2009) A Tool, a guide, and a framework: Introduction to a psychosocial approach to development. Colombo; Social policy Analysis and Research Center
  • Appuhamilage, U, Nandasena, A., Silva, G., & Weerawansha, S. (2008). A skill-based manual for counseling training. Colombo: The Asia Foundation and The Center for Victims of Crime

 

  • Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

    Appuhamilage, U. & Marecek, J. (2011). Present but Unnamed; Feminism and Psychologies in Sri Lanka. In A. Rutherford, R. Capdevila, V. Undurti, & I. Palmary (Eds.), Handbook of International Perspectives on Feminism. (315-333). International and Cultural Psychology Book Series. NY: Springer.
  • Appuhamilage, U., & Salih, M. (2009). Objective setting – Assessing organizational capacities for objective setting and service delivery in psychosocial programs. In A. Abeyasekara, H. Amarasuriya, U. Appuhamilage, M. Ferdinando, & M. Salih (Eds). A Tool, a guide, and a framework: Introduction to a psychosocial approach to development. (55-70). Colombo; Social policy Analysis and Research Center.
  • Salih, M. & Appuhamilage, U. (2009). The wellbeing assessment tool. In A. Abeyasekara, H. Amarasuriya, U. Appuhamilage, M. Ferdinando, & M. Salih (Eds). A Tool, a guide, and a framework: Introduction to a psychosocial approach to development. (23-44). Colombo; Social policy Analysis and Research Center.

 

  • Forth Coming

    Appuhamilage, U. (2016). Review of Widger, T. (2015). Suicide in Sri Lanka: The Anthropology of an Epidemic. New York: Routledge Publishers. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology.

 

none