Department of Psychology

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Dr.B.D.A.D.N. Bulathwatta

Senior Lecturer (Grade II)
Ph.D (Leipzig, Germany), MSc. (Valencia, Spain), B.A (Pdn)

+94 705582578


  • PhD in Psychology
    Institute of Psychology, Department of Educational and Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Leipzig, Germany
    Thesis: The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Developing Coping Strategies among Students who faced Traumatic Experiences.
    Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Evelin Witruk, Prof. Dr. Konrad Rechske
  • MSc in Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology
    University of Valencia, Spain, University of Bologna, Italy
    Thesis: The Effect of Emotional Intelligence and Self-Efficacy on Stress Coping Strategies
    Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Pillar Ripoll, Prof. Dr. Stefano Toderi
  • BA in Psychology (First Class Honors)
    University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
    Thesis: Persuasive Impact of Effective Advertising Messages
    Supervisor: Mrs. Manju Gunasekara

Research and Work Internship

  • Foundation for Human Resources Development (FHRD), Malta
    Updating and Analyzing Organizational Information at FHRD
    Attending Seminars, Publishing a Newspaper Article


Research Interests

  • Social Psychology,Educational Psychology, Trauma and Resilience, Cognitive Psychology,Emotional Intelligence, Work,Organizational and Personnel Psychology


  • Reschke, K. & Schröder, H. (2020). Optimististisch den Stress Meistern(Material für Langzeitkurs, Stress check up & persönliche Beratung, Institue of Psycho Therophy(IPT)(Bulathwatta, A.,‘Translation‘:’Athathiya jayaganimata Sarwashubawadhi praweshayak‘), to be published
  • Kenrick, D.T., Neuberg,S. L., & Cialdini, R.B. (2009). Social Psychology (Unraveling the Mystery) (Bulathwatta, A.,“Translation” ) , Sanhida Publications, Sri Lanka. (Original work published in 1999).
  • Bulathwatta, A. (2016). Trauma among University Students and how they cope it?. Shaker Verlag, Aachen, Germany.
  • 1:16 PM 7/22/2020

Peer-Reviewed Articles in International Journals

  • Bulathwatta, A., Witruk, E.,& Rechske, K.(2018).Well-being after Personal and Natural Trauma among University Students.International Journal of Indian Psychology, 6(3), 32-44. DIP:18.01.063/20180603, DOI:10.25215/0603.063
  • Bulathwatta, A. (2018). Disaster risk factors and traumatic Stress (Systematic review on traumatic stress). Clinical Psychiatry, Vol.4 No.1:18.
  • Bulathwatta, A. (2017). Development of Psychology in Sri Lanka in comparison to Germany: Origin, Development, and Limitations, International Journal of Indian Psychology, Volume 4, Issue 2, No. 95
  • Bulathwatta, A. D. N., Witruk, E., & Reschke, K. (2016). Effect of emotional intelligence and resilience on trauma coping among university students. Health Psychology Report, 5(1).
  • Bulathwatta, A., & Witruk, E. (2016). Psychology of Disaster. International Journal of Psychology, 51, 949– 964.
  • Bulathwatta, A. (2013). Trauma and Coping among University students. Exploring Emotional Intelligence Application on Coping with Trauma.Retrieved from://www.wissenswerk.de/index.pnp/arbeitstitel/article/viewFile/159/215.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

  • Bulathwatta,A. (2019). Trauma and Coping Styles among University Students in Sri Lanka and Germany (Role of Emotional Intelligence and Resilience), E.Witruk & D.Utami (Eds), Dyslexia and Traumatic Experiences.(pp 59-64) Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang
  • Bulathwatta, A.,(2019). Factors which have influenced on trauma coping: a review of different domains of traumatic conditions, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 02(01), 99-111
  • Bulathwatta,A.(2016). Trauma among University students in Germany and Sri Lanka, E.Witruk, Y. Lee, S. Novita, & D. Utami (Eds), Studies in Educational and Rehabilitative Psychology, Dyslexia and Traumatic Experiences (pp 95-100), Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang.
  • Bulathwatta, A. (2016). Focus on psychological developments in Education and Health. Proceedings of the 1st Scientific Meeting in Psychology of the University of Evora and the University of Leipzig, A.Candeias, E. Galindo, Reschke, K., & E. Witruk (Eds), Peter Lang. (In Press)
  • Bulathwatta, A. (2013).Psycho-Social problems of Street Children in Sri Lanka. In E. Witruk & A. Wilke (Eds), Historical and cross- cultural aspects of Psychology (pp.273-276) Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang.
  • Bulathwatta, A. (2010).Why do we need Counselling?. In Perera & Hewage (Eds.),Sambhasha.(pp 661-667) Piriwen education branch- Ministry of Education,Sri Lanka.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

  • Bulathwatta, A. (2016). Role of Emotional Intelligence and Resilience on Trauma among university students. Paper presented at international Conference of Psychology (ICP 2016). July 25, Yokohama, Japan.
  • Bulathwatta, A. (2015). Aggression related trauma and coping among university students. Paper presented at International Workshop on Qualitative Methods, Emergency and Rehabilitation Psychology, June 15-18, Leipzig, Germany.
  • Bulathwatta, A. (2015). Emotional Intelligence and self-efficacy: Effects on Stress Coping Strategies, Paper presented at the international Workshop Dyslexia and Traumatic Experiences, December 5-6, Leipzig, Germany.
  • Bulathwatta, A. (2014). Trauma among University students. Paper Presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), July 8-13, Paris, France. 4.
  • Bulathwatta, A. (2013). Ragging as a Trauma among University students, Paper presented at International Workshop on Psychological Conferences of Traumatic Experiences, May 3, Leipzig, Germany.


  • Bulathwatta, A. (2015). Aggression related Trauma and Coping among University Students, Poster presented at the International Workshop: Dyslexia and Traumatic Experiences, December 5 - 6, Leipzig, Germany.
  • Bulathwatta, A. & Witruk, E. (2014). Aggression related Trauma and Coping among University Students. Poster Presented at the Workshop: Aggression, November 20 - 22, Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany.

Articles in International Newspapers

  • Bulathwatta, A. (2012, August 26). Developing a Work life balance for a better future. Malta Independent Retrieved from http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2012-08-26/news/developing-work-life- balance-for-better-future-315112/

Scholarships and Honors

  • European Commission: Erasmus Mundus Grant (Succeeded as the only candidate selected from Asia): Scholarship for MSc in Work, Organizational, and Personnel Psychology.2010
  • DAAD: MOU-Grant: for counseling project at the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka) Between the University of Leipzig and the University of Colombo 2014-2016
  • DAAD Prize:German Academic Exchange Service 2014
  • DAAD Prize for outstanding achievement among foreign students at German universities
  • KAAD: Scholarship awarded for a PhD Research Project (Catholic Foreign Exchange Programme).2014


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