Dr Manathungei Priyadarshanie - Women Mental Health - Best Faculty Award 

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University - Sri Lanka 

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Priyadarshanie M.N began her academic journey with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Hons) from the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, in 2012. Her dedication to academic excellence is evident in her later pursuit of a Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE) in 2016 from the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. To further enhance her research skills, she completed a Certificate Course on Research Methodology and Scientific Writing in 2020 from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Priyadarshanie M.N's commitment to advancing her knowledge is reflected in her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) earned in 2022 from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Her diverse educational background, including a Diploma in Human Resource Management in 2010, showcases a well-rounded professional profile. Additionally, she acquired skills in computer-based data analysis through a Certificate in Computer-Based Data Analysis in 2017.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Priyadarshanie M.N has made significant contributions to the field of healthcare, particularly in maternal and child health. Her research, as evidenced by numerous abstracts, abstract publications, and full paper publications, spans topics such as neonatal care, dengue outbreaks, emergency contraceptive pills, anxiety disorders during pregnancy, sleep-disordered breathing, and more. Her work demonstrates a broad and impactful research focus with implications for both clinical practice and public health policy.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Priyadarshanie M.N has presented her research findings at various national and international conferences, receiving recognition for her work in the form of abstract publications and awards. Her abstract "Perinatal Anxiety Screening (PASS) as a valid tool to detect anxiety among pregnant women" was presented at the 15th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists.

Impact and Influence

Through her research, Dr. Priyadarshanie M.N has contributed to the advancement of knowledge in areas critical to maternal and child health, mental health during pregnancy, and sleep-related issues in pregnancy. The impact of her work is evident in the publication of her research findings in reputable journals, such as the BMC Psychiatry and the Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians.

Legacy and Future Contributions

As a researcher and academic, Dr. Priyadarshanie M.N's legacy lies in her substantial contributions to understanding and addressing health challenges faced by pregnant women and children in Sri Lanka. Her multidisciplinary approach, involving psychology, obstetrics, and public health, positions her as a valuable contributor to ongoing efforts in improving maternal and child health outcomes. Her future contributions are anticipated to further shape the landscape of healthcare research in Sri Lanka and beyond.


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Manathungei Priyadarshanie – Women Mental Health – Best Faculty Award 

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