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Miss Lasara Kariyawasam BSc, MSc

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Miss Lasara Kariyawasam PhD Candidate, Msc (Distinction), BSc (Hons) within Psychology at the University of Southampton

Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival- Dalai Lama XIV


PhD in Psychology by Research (reading)- University of Southampton

MSc Clinical Psychology (Distinction)- University of Southampton

Dean’s List Award for Outstanding Achievement for Dissertation performance, degree average and part average

BSc (Hons) Psychology- Coventry University


Appointments held

Junior researcher for the BeGOOD project of early intervention ethics conducted by University of Oxford

Junior Researcher Programme organised by the University of Cambridge

Research interests

  • Exploring cultural impacts on psychological disorders. Major areas of interest: depression
  • suicide and self-harm
  • anxiety
  • post-traumatic stress disorder

PhD research

PhD title: Exploring the Cultural Application of the Concept of Self-Compassion on Depression, Anxiety and Self-Harm in UK and Sri Lankan Populations.

Supervisors: Professor Lusia Stopa, Dr. Margo Ononaiye

In addition to the PhD research, I am currently engaged in the BeGOOD project of early intervention ethics conducted by University of Oxford within the Junior Researcher Programme organised by the University of Cambridge


MSc title: Exploring the Impact of Parenting Style and Attachment on Self-Harm in UK and Sri Lankan Students

BSc title: Socio-demographic Risk Factors of Postpartum Depression among Parents of New-borns in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


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