Academic Records

Doctor of Philosophy- in 2017 (Mental Illness Stigma and Planned Behavior on Psychological Help Seeking) Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.

Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies & Public Policy – in 2006, Open University Sri Lanka.

MSc (Sociology) – in 2001, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

BA in Sociology (Hons.)- in 1998, University of Colombo

Professional Qualifications

Accreditation for Teaching in Higher Education (SEDA), qualified (UK)

Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE), qualified (Sri Lanka)

Areas of Teaching

Social Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Social Problems & Research Methodology

Areas of Research Interests

Mental health and mental health difficulties & Social Problems

Awards and Grants

  • Presidential Award for Scientific Researcher in 2009.
  • Award of FES/SLF Research Fellowships for Young Researchers in 2003.
  • Research Grant in 2014 by the National Center for Advance Studies IN Humanities and Social Sciences (NCAS), Sri Lanka.
  • Research Grant in 2015 for Higher Studies by the University Grant Commission, Sri Lanka

Teaching & Work Experience

  • Academic Coordinator at the Institute of Human Resource Advancement (IHRA), University of Colombo from June 2010 to May 2012.
  • Senior Program Coordinator at the Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo from January 2005 to January 2010.
  • Program Coordinator, Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo from March 2001 to January 2005.
  • Principal Research Officer, Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo from March 1998 to March 2001.
  • Lecturer (Sociology) for external Degree programs (Saturday & Sunday) at Sunetradevi Pirivana, Boralesgamuwa from April 1998 to August 2009

Paper Publications

  • Chandrasekara W.S. (2016). Help Seeking Attitudes and Willingness to Seek Psychological Help: Application of the Theory of Planed Behavior. International Journal of Management, Accounting and Economics (IJMAE). Volume (3), No. (4). P. 233-245.
  • Chandrasekara W.S. & Chen, Zhi-xia (2016). The Psychological Mechanism of Stigmatizing Attitudes toward Help Seeking Behavior for Mental Health Problems. International Journal of Management, Accounting and Economics (IJMAE). Volume (3), No. (11).
  • Chandrasekara W.S. (2016). Help Seeking Attitudes towards Mental Health Problems and Actual Help Seeking Behavior. Research Journal of Social Science & Management-RJSSM. Vol 5, No. 9 p. 45-53.
  • Venkatachalam, A. J., Price, A. R. G., Chandrasekara, W.
S., Sellamuttu, S.S., Senaratna (2009).  Risk factors in relation to human deaths and other tsunami (2004) impacts in Sri Lanka: the fishers’-eye view point. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. Volume (19) No. (01). P. 57-66
  • Chandrasekara, W.S., & Karunarathna, K.L.S. (2005). Some Sociological Implications of Post Tsunami Housing Development, to Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka. In S. T. Hettige, Retrospect & Prospect . Social Policy Analysis and Research Center, University of Colombo.

Book Publications

  • Chandrasekara, W.S. (2006). Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment in Sri Lanka: A Case Study on Communal Tension and Conflict Prevention in Mawanella. Sri Lanka Foundation, Colombo
  • Mayer, M., Thangarajah,. Y., Emmanuel.,S., Chandrasekara, W.S., De Silva., S., (2003). Assessing Conflict Risks in Southern Sri Lanka: An Exploratory Study on Conflict Potentials in the Hambantota District and the Applicability of PCIA tools for Project Impact Analysis. German Development Cooperation, Colombo

Papers presented & published in International Conferences

  • Chandrasekara, W.S., (2016). Students’ Attitudes towards seeking help for their mental health difficulties. Managing Systems from source to sink: current theories and applications (pp. 155). Kurunegala: Wayaba University, Sri Lanka.
  • Chandrasekara, W.S., (2015). Attitudes of University Students towards mentally ill patients. Engineering Social Transformation through Research & Development (pp. 67). Colombo: National Center for Advance Studies in Humanities & Social Sciences (NCAS), Sri Lanka.
  • Chandrasekara, W.S., (2013). Changing Socio-Economic profile of Youth and Development in Sri Lanka. Discover the different cultures of the world. Catania: Intesa Tra Culture, Italy.
  • Chandrasekara, W.S., (2013). Impact of Meditation on problem solving: Perception of Sri Lankan youth. Meditation and Peace. Thailand: Mahachulalongkornajavidyalaya University, Thailand.
  • Chandrasekara, W.S., (2012). Changing Patterns of the Buddhist Rituals among Sri Lankan Youth. Damma & Dharma. Bopal: Center for Study of Religion and Society, India.
  • Chandrasekara, W.S., (2010). The Role of Information Communication Technologies in Political & Civic engagement of Sri Lankan Youth. Youth, ICT and Political Engagement in Asia. Singapore: National University Singapore & International Development Research Center (IDRC), Singapore
  • Chandrasekara, W.S., (2003). The Impact of Poverty Alleviation Projects in Southern Province in Sri Lanka. 4th Annual Symposium of Poverty. Colombo: Center for Poverty Analysis and Department of Sociology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Extra activities

  • A member of “National Youth Policy Development Committee” in Sri Lanka
  • Ex-Co Member of Huazhong University of Science & Technology Alumni Association of Sri Lanka (HUST_SL).
  • A member of visiting Maldives youth policy development committee in 2009.

Research Experiences 

  • Worked as a Researcher from 2010 to May 2012 of the project “Youth, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Political Engagement in Sri Lanka”, financed by the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada and coordinated by the National University Singapore.
  • Worked as the Principal Researcher in 2011 of the study “Workforce Assessment in Lunugamvehera Divisional Secretariat Division” financed by the World Vision Sri Lanka.
  • Worked as the Principal Researcher from 2010 to 2011 of the study “A Market Survey in Negambo, Bibila and Lunugamvehera Divisional Secretariat Divisions” financed by the World Vision Sri Lanka.
  • Worked as the National Coordinator from 2010 to 2011 of the project “Consumer Survey on Statement of Account for Electricity Consumption Study (Customer bill Format Survey)” financed by The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) and conducted by the Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo.
  • Worked as the National Coordinator from 2010 to 2011 of the project “Electricity Requirements of Prospective Electricity Consumers and Fuel (electricity) Poverty & Affordability” financed by The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) and conducted by the Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo.
  • Worked as the Principal Researcher in 2010 of the study “Rights and Entitlements of Women Headed Household (WHH) in Sri Lanka”, financed by the Care International, Sri Lanka.
  • Worked as a Researcher in 2010 of the study “A Beneficiary Evaluation Impact Survey on United Nations Industrial Development Organization” financed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Sri Lanka.
  • Worked as the National Coordinator from 2009 to 2010, of the project “National Youth Survey 2009 in Sri Lanka” financed by International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) & International Alert (IA) in Sri Lanka and conducted by the Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo.
  • Worked as the Principal Researcher from 2009 to 2010, of the project “Market Assessment on the Products Manufactured by the people Living with IHV/AIDA”, financed by the Lanka plus, Sri Lanka.
  • Worked as the Data Analyst from 2009 to 2010, of the project “Access to Justice” financed by The Asia Foundation (TAF), Sri Lanka.
  • Worked as the National Coordinator a Researcher in 2008 of the project “Long-term Mental Health Impact of Displacement and Development in Sri Lanka” financed by the BasicNeeds, Sri Lanka conducted by the Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo.
  • Worked as the National Coordinator in 2008 of the project “Baseline Survey/ Rapid Assessment on Child Labour in Agriculture Sector in Sri Lanka” financed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and conducted by the Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo.
  • Worked as the National Coordinator from 2007 to 2008 of the project “Baseline Survey/ Rapid Assessment on Child Labour in Fireworks, Fishery & Plantation Industries in Sri Lanka” financed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and conducted by the Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo.
  • Worked as the National Coordinator from 2006 to 2007 of the project “Community Based Impact Monitoring of Tsunami Affected arias in Sri Lanka” financed by Actionaid International, Sri Lanka and conducted by the Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo.
  • Worked as a Consultant in 2005 of the project “Annual Review and Reflection of the Actionaid International, Sri Lanka” financed by the Actionaid International, Sri Lanka and conducted by the Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo.
  • Worked as the Data Analyst in 2004 of the project “Psychosocial Assessment of Development and Humanitarian Interventions (PADHI) in Sri Lanka” financed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) & Asia Foundation, Sri Lanka and conducted by the Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo.
  • Worked as the National Coordinator in 2004 of the project “Socio-economic Security In Sri Lanka” financed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and conducted by the Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo.
  • Worked as the Data Analyst in 2003 of the project “National Youth Survey” financed by the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) and conducted by the Center for Anthropological and Sociological Studies (CASS), University of Colombo.
  • Worked as the National Coordinator in 2003 of the project “School to Work transition Survey” financed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and conducted by the Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), University of Colombo.
  • Worked as a Consultant in 2002 of the project “Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA) of the DTZ Fishery Project in Hambantota & Monaragala” financed by the German Development Cooperation (GTZ).
  • Worked as the Field Coordinator in 2000 of the project “National Youth Survey 2000” financed by the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) & the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) and conducted by the Center for Anthropological & Sociological Studies (CASS), University of Colombo.
  • Worked as a Research Assistant in 2000 of the project “Social Impact Assessment of the Southern Development Corridor” conducted by the Department of Sociology and Geography at the University of Colombo.
  • Worked as an Interpreter and a Research Assistant in 2000 of the project “Impact Assessment of the intervention of the German Development Cooperation (GTZ) projects” financed by the Poverty Impact Monitoring Unit, GTZ.
  • Worked as a Research Assistant in 1998 of the project “Urban Development” financed by the University of Heidelberg, Germany and conducted by the South Asia Institute (SAI).
  • Worked as a Research Assistant in 1998 of the study “People’s view on Sarvodaya activities” conducted by professor, George Bond, North Western University, America