Professor Athula Sumathipala

Title: Professor of Psychiatry
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 734724
Email: a.sumathipala@keele.ac.uk
Location: DJW 1.79
Role:
Contacting me: E-mail

I was qualified in Sri Lanka and was trained as a family physician. I migrated to the UK in 1992 and was re-trained as a psychiatrist at the Maudesley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals. I then obtained the MRCPsych and completed the specialist training as a Liaison psychiatrist. After that I followed an academic career and completed a PhD from University of London

I started the research career with an interest in medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) when I was a GP in Sri Lanka. My first research project which formed the basis of my MD was an epidemiological study of MUS. My work extended from observational epidemiology to intervention studies. I have conducted two clinical trials of CBT for the treatment of MUS in Sri Lanka. These are among a handful of such complex intervention trials of mental disorders from low and middle income countries. This work is now replicated in Vietnam in collaboration with colleagues from Australia. My research interests are centred on inter-connected disciplines. These are the epidemiology of chronic disease and multi-morbidity, especially physical and mental illness combinations; evaluation and implementation of complex interventions, using twin methods in the study of illness aetiology and ethics related to research.

Selected Publications

  • Jayaweera K, Aschan L, Pannala G, Adikari A, Glozier N, Ismail K, Pariante CM, Rijsdijk F, Siribaddana S, Zavos HMS, Zunszain PA, Sumathipala A, Hotopf M. The Colombo Twin and Singleton Follow-up Study: a population based twin study of psychiatric disorders and metabolic syndrome in Sri Lanka. BMC Public Health, vol. 18(1), 145. link> doi> full text>
  • Sumathipala A, Yelland L, Green D, Shepherd T, Jayaweera K, Ferreira P, Craig JM. 2018. Twins as Participants in Randomized Controlled Trials: A Review of Published Literature. Twin Res Hum Genet, vol. 21(1), 51-56. link> doi> full text>
  • Herle M, Kan C, Jayaweera K, Asikari A, Siribaddana S, Zavos H, Sumathipala A, Ismail K, Hotopf M, Treasure J, Rijsdijk F. 2017. Emotional overeating and depression in the Sri Lankan Twin Register. BEHAVIOR GENETICS (vol. 47, p. 699). link>
  • Kan C, Herle M, Jayaweera K, Asikari A, Rajarata SS, Zavos H, Sumathipala A, Ismail K, Hotopf M, Treasure J, Rijsdijk F. 2017. Sex differences in cognitive restraint and body mass index: the COTASS-2 study. BEHAVIOR GENETICS (vol. 47, p. 716). link>
  • Silventoinen K, Jelenkovic A, Latvala A, Sund R, Yokoyama Y, Ullemar V, Almqvist C, Derom CA, Vlietinck RF, Loos RJF, Kandler C, Honda C, Inui F, Iwatani Y, Watanabe M, Rebato E, Stazi MA, Fagnani C, Brescianini S, Hur Y-M, Jeong H-U, Cutler TL, Hopper JL, Busjahn A, Saudino KJ, Ji F, Ning F, Pang Z, Rose RJ, Koskenvuo M, Heikkilä K, Cozen W, Hwang AE, Mack TM, Siribaddana SH, Hotopf M, Sumathipala A, Rijsdijk F, Sung J, Kim J, Lee J, Lee S, Nelson TL, Whitfield KE, Tan Q, Zhang D, Llewellyn CH, Fisher A, Burt SA, Klump KL, Knafo-Noam A, Mankuta D, Abramson L, Medland SE, Martin NG, Montgomery GW, Magnusson PKE, Pedersen NL, Dahl Aslan AK, Corley RP, Huibregtse BM, Öncel SY, Aliev F, Krueger RF, McGue M, Pahlen S, Willemsen G, Bartels M, van Beijsterveldt CEM, Silberg JL, Eaves LJ, Maes HH, Harris JR, Brandt I, Nilsen TS, Rasmussen F, Tynelius P, Baker LA, Tuvblad C, Ordoñana JR, Sánchez-Romera JF, Colodro-Conde L, Gatz M, Butler DA, Lichtenstein P, Goldberg JH, Harden KP, Tucker-Drob EM, Duncan GE, Buchwald D, Tarnoki AD, Tarnoki DL, Franz CE, Kremen WS, Lyons MJ, Maia JA, Freitas DL, Turkheimer E, Sørensen TIA, Boomsma DI, Kaprio J. Education in Twins and Their Parents Across Birth Cohorts Over 100 years: An Individual-Level Pooled Analysis of 42-Twin Cohorts. Twin Res Hum Genet, vol. 20(5), 395-405. link> doi> full text>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Samaraweera S. 2009. Psychosis, Severe Depression, Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS), Epilepsy and Heavy Alcohol Use Identification, treatment and referral.
  • Sumathipala A. 2004. 'On the shoulders of giants' Biographical notes for the MRCPsych part II and I.
  • Sumathipala A and Siribaddana S. 2003. Research Ethics from a developing world perspective.
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Mangava S, De Silva P. Cognitive behavioural therapy for medically unexplained symptoms.

Journal Articles

  • Jayaweera K, Aschan L, Pannala G, Adikari A, Glozier N, Ismail K, Pariante CM, Rijsdijk F, Siribaddana S, Zavos HMS, Zunszain PA, Sumathipala A, Hotopf M. The Colombo Twin and Singleton Follow-up Study: a population based twin study of psychiatric disorders and metabolic syndrome in Sri Lanka. BMC Public Health, vol. 18(1), 145. link> doi> full text>
  • Sumathipala A, Yelland L, Green D, Shepherd T, Jayaweera K, Ferreira P, Craig JM. 2018. Twins as Participants in Randomized Controlled Trials: A Review of Published Literature. Twin Res Hum Genet, vol. 21(1), 51-56. link> doi> full text>
  • Silventoinen K, Jelenkovic A, Latvala A, Sund R, Yokoyama Y, Ullemar V, Almqvist C, Derom CA, Vlietinck RF, Loos RJF, Kandler C, Honda C, Inui F, Iwatani Y, Watanabe M, Rebato E, Stazi MA, Fagnani C, Brescianini S, Hur Y-M, Jeong H-U, Cutler TL, Hopper JL, Busjahn A, Saudino KJ, Ji F, Ning F, Pang Z, Rose RJ, Koskenvuo M, Heikkilä K, Cozen W, Hwang AE, Mack TM, Siribaddana SH, Hotopf M, Sumathipala A, Rijsdijk F, Sung J, Kim J, Lee J, Lee S, Nelson TL, Whitfield KE, Tan Q, Zhang D, Llewellyn CH, Fisher A, Burt SA, Klump KL, Knafo-Noam A, Mankuta D, Abramson L, Medland SE, Martin NG, Montgomery GW, Magnusson PKE, Pedersen NL, Dahl Aslan AK, Corley RP, Huibregtse BM, Öncel SY, Aliev F, Krueger RF, McGue M, Pahlen S, Willemsen G, Bartels M, van Beijsterveldt CEM, Silberg JL, Eaves LJ, Maes HH, Harris JR, Brandt I, Nilsen TS, Rasmussen F, Tynelius P, Baker LA, Tuvblad C, Ordoñana JR, Sánchez-Romera JF, Colodro-Conde L, Gatz M, Butler DA, Lichtenstein P, Goldberg JH, Harden KP, Tucker-Drob EM, Duncan GE, Buchwald D, Tarnoki AD, Tarnoki DL, Franz CE, Kremen WS, Lyons MJ, Maia JA, Freitas DL, Turkheimer E, Sørensen TIA, Boomsma DI, Kaprio J. Education in Twins and Their Parents Across Birth Cohorts Over 100 years: An Individual-Level Pooled Analysis of 42-Twin Cohorts. Twin Res Hum Genet, vol. 20(5), 395-405. link> doi> full text>
  • Silventoinen K, Jelenkovic A, Sund R, Yokoyama Y, Hur Y-M, Cozen W, Hwang AE, Mack TM, Honda C, Inui F, Iwatani Y, Watanabe M, Tomizawa R, Pietiläinen KH, Rissanen A, Siribaddana SH, Hotopf M, Sumathipala A, Rijsdijk F, Tan Q, Zhang D, Pang Z, Piirtola M, Aaltonen S, Öncel SY, Aliev F, Rebato E, Hjelmborg JB, Christensen K, Skytthe A, Kyvik KO, Silberg JL, Eaves LJ, Cutler TL, Ordoñana JR, Sánchez-Romera JF, Colodro-Conde L, Song Y-M, Yang S, Lee K, Franz CE, Kremen WS, Lyons MJ, Busjahn A, Nelson TL, Whitfield KE, Kandler C, Jang KL, Gatz M, Butler DA, Stazi MA, Fagnani C, D'Ippolito C, Duncan GE, Buchwald D, Martin NG, Medland SE, Montgomery GW, Jeong H-U, Swan GE, Krasnow R, Magnusson PK, Pedersen NL, Dahl Aslan AK, McAdams TA, Eley TC, Gregory AM, Tynelius P, Baker LA, Tuvblad C, Bayasgalan G, Narandalai D, Spector TD, Mangino M, Lachance G, Burt SA, Klump KL, Harris JR, Brandt I, Nilsen TS, Krueger RF, McGue M, Pahlen S, Corley RP, Huibregtse BM, Bartels M, van Beijsterveldt CE, Willemsen G, Goldberg JH, Rasmussen F, Tarnoki AD, Tarnoki DL, Derom CA, Vlietinck RF, Loos RJ, Hopper JL, Sung J, Maes HH, Turkheimer E, Boomsma DI, Sørensen TI, Kaprio J. 2017. Differences in genetic and environmental variation in adult BMI by sex, age, time period, and region: an individual-based pooled analysis of 40 twin cohorts. Am J Clin Nutr, vol. 106(2), 457-466. link> doi>
  • Dutta R, Ball HA, Siribaddana SH, Sumathipala A, Samaraweera S, McGuffin P, Hotopf M. 2017. Genetic and other risk factors for suicidal ideation and the relationship with depression. Psychol Med, vol. 47(14), 2438-2449. link> doi> full text>
  • Bogl LH, Jelenkovic A, Vuoksimaa E, Ahrenfeldt L, Pietiläinen KH, Stazi MA, Fagnani C, D'Ippolito C, Hur Y-M, Jeong H-U, Silberg JL, Eaves LJ, Maes HH, Bayasgalan G, Narandalai D, Cutler TL, Kandler C, Jang KL, Christensen K, Skytthe A, Kyvik KO, Cozen W, Hwang AE, Mack TM, Derom CA, Vlietinck RF, Nelson TL, Whitfield KE, Corley RP, Huibregtse BM, McAdams TA, Eley TC, Gregory AM, Krueger RF, McGue M, Pahlen S, Willemsen G, Bartels M, van Beijsterveldt TCEM, Pang Z, Tan Q, Zhang D, Martin NG, Medland SE, Montgomery GW, Hjelmborg JVB, Rebato E, Swan GE, Krasnow R, Busjahn A, Lichtenstein P, Öncel SY, Aliev F, Baker LA, Tuvblad C, Siribaddana SH, Hotopf M, Sumathipala A, Rijsdijk F, Magnusson PKE, Pedersen NL, Aslan AKD, Ordoñana JR, Sánchez-Romera JF, Colodro-Conde L, Duncan GE, Buchwald D, Tarnoki AD, Tarnoki DL, Yokoyama Y, Hopper JL, Loos RJF, Boomsma DI, Sørensen TIA, Silventoinen K, Kaprio J. 2017. Does the sex of one's co-twin affect height and BMI in adulthood? A study of dizygotic adult twins from 31 cohorts. Biology of Sex Differences, vol. 8, 14. link> doi> full text>
  • Chew-Graham CA, Heyland S, Kingstone T, Shepherd T, Buszewicz M, Burroughs H, Sumathipala A. Medically unexplained symptoms: continuing challenges for primary care. Br J Gen Pract, vol. 67(656), 106-107. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A. 2016. Genetic and environmental influences on adult human height across birth cohorts from 1886 to 1994. eLife. doi> link> full text>
  • Farooq S, Burns J, Sumathipala A, Naeem F. 2016. A global mental health fund for serious mental illness in low-income and middle-income countries. Lancet Psychiatry, vol. 3(6), 495-497. link> doi> full text>
  • Siriwardhana C, Adikari A, Jayaweera K, Abeyrathna B, Sumathipala A. 2016. Integrating mental health into primary care for post-conflict populations: a pilot study. Int J Ment Health Syst, vol. 10, 12. link> doi> full text>
  • Siriwardhana C, Adikari A, Pannala G, Roberts B, Siribaddana S, Abas M, Sumathipala A, Stewart R. 2015. Changes in mental disorder prevalence among conflict-affected populations: a prospective study in Sri Lanka (COMRAID-R). BMC Psychiatry, vol. 15(1), 424. link> doi> full text>
  • Wickramage K, Siriwardhana C, Vidanapathirana P, Weerawarna S, Jayasekara B, Pannala G, Adikari A, Jayaweera K, Peiris S, Siribaddana S, Sumathipala A. 2015. Risk of mental health and nutritional problems for left-behind children of international labor migrants. BMC Psychiatry, vol. 15(1), 412. link> doi> full text>
  • Craig JM, Segal NL, Umstad MP, Cutler TL, Keogh LA, Hopper JL, Rankin M, Denton J, Derom CA, Sumathipala A, Harris JR, International Society for Twin Studies (ISTS) and International Council of Multiple Birth Organisations (ICOMBO). 2015. Zygosity testing should be encouraged for all same-sex twins: FOR: A genetic test is essential to determine zygosity. BJOG, vol. 122(12), 1641. link> doi>
  • Jelenkovic A, Yokoyama Y, Sund R, Honda C, Bogl LH, Aaltonen S, Ji F, Ning F, Pang Z, Ordoñana JR, Sánchez-Romera JF, Colodro-Conde L, Burt SA, Klump KL, Medland SE, Montgomery GW, Kandler C, McAdams TA, Eley TC, Gregory AM, Saudino KJ, Dubois L, Boivin M, Tarnoki AD, Tarnoki DL, Haworth CMA, Plomin R, Öncel SY, Aliev F, Stazi MA, Fagnani C, D'Ippolito C, Craig JM, Saffery R, Siribaddana SH, Hotopf M, Sumathipala A, Rijsdijk F, Spector T, Mangino M, Lachance G, Gatz M, Butler DA, Bayasgalan G, Narandalai D, Freitas DL, Maia JA, Harden KP, Tucker-Drob EM, Kim B, Chong Y, Hong C, Shin HJ, Christensen K, Skytthe A, Kyvik KO, Derom CA, Vlietinck RF, Loos RJF, Cozen W, Hwang AE, Mack TM, He M, Ding X, Chang B, Silberg JL, Eaves LJ, Maes HH, Cutler TL, Hopper JL, Aujard K, Magnusson PKE, Pedersen NL, Aslan AKD, Song Y-M, Yang S, Lee K, Baker LA, Tuvblad C, Bjerregaard-Andersen M, Beck-Nielsen H, Sodemann M, Heikkilä K, Tan Q, Zhang D, Swan GE, Krasnow R, Jang KL, Knafo-Noam A, Mankuta D, Abramson L, Lichtenstein P, Krueger RF, McGue M, Pahlen S, Tynelius P, Duncan GE, Buchwald D, Corley RP, Huibregtse BM, Nelson TL, Whitfield KE, Franz CE, Kremen WS, Lyons MJ, Ooki S, Brandt I, Nilsen TS, Inui F, Watanabe M, Bartels M, van Beijsterveldt TCEM, Wardle J, Llewellyn CH, Fisher A, Rebato E, Martin NG, Iwatani Y, Hayakawa K, Sung J, Harris JR, Willemsen G, Busjahn A, Goldberg JH, Rasmussen F, Hur Y-M, Boomsma DI, Sørensen TIA, Kaprio J, Silventoinen K. 2015. Zygosity Differences in Height and Body Mass Index of Twins From Infancy to Old Age: A Study of the CODATwins Project. Twin Res Hum Genet, vol. 18(5), 557-570. link> doi>
  • Green DJ, Hofberg K, Carr C, Fanneran T, Sumathipala A. 2015. A 10-year history of perinatal care at the Brockington Mother and Baby Unit Stafford. Archives of women's mental health, vol. 19(3), 507-513. doi> link>
  • Silventoinen K, Jelenkovic A, Sund R, Honda C, Aaltonen S, Yokoyama Y, Tarnoki AD, Tarnoki DL, Ning F, Ji F, Pang Z, Ordoñana JR, Sánchez-Romera JF, Colodro-Conde L, Burt SA, Klump KL, Medland SE, Montgomery GW, Kandler C, McAdams TA, Eley TC, Gregory AM, Saudino KJ, Dubois L, Boivin M, Haworth CMA, Plomin R, Öncel SY, Aliev F, Stazi MA, Fagnani C, D'Ippolito C, Craig JM, Saffery R, Siribaddana SH, Hotopf M, Sumathipala A, Spector T, Mangino M, Lachance G, Gatz M, Butler DA, Bayasgalan G, Narandalai D, Freitas DL, Maia JA, Harden KP, Tucker-Drob EM, Christensen K, Skytthe A, Kyvik KO, Hong C, Chong Y, Derom CA, Vlietinck RF, Loos RJF, Cozen W, Hwang AE, Mack TM, He M, Ding X, Chang B, Silberg JL, Eaves LJ, Maes HH, Cutler TL, Hopper JL, Aujard K, Magnusson PKE, Pedersen NL, Aslan AKD, Song Y-M, Yang S, Lee K, Baker LA, Tuvblad C, Bjerregaard-Andersen M, Beck-Nielsen H, Sodemann M, Heikkilä K, Tan Q, Zhang D, Swan GE, Krasnow R, Jang KL, Knafo-Noam A, Mankuta D, Abramson L, Lichtenstein P, Krueger RF, McGue M, Pahlen S, Tynelius P, Duncan GE, Buchwald D, Corley RP, Huibregtse BM, Nelson TL, Whitfield KE, Franz CE, Kremen WS, Lyons MJ, Ooki S, Brandt I, Nilsen TS, Inui F, Watanabe M, Bartels M, van Beijsterveldt TCEM, Wardle J, Llewellyn CH, Fisher A, Rebato E, Martin NG, Iwatani Y, Hayakawa K, Rasmussen F, Sung J, Harris JR, Willemsen G, Busjahn A, Goldberg JH, Boomsma DI, Hur Y-M, Sørensen TIA, Kaprio J. 2015. The CODATwins Project: The Cohort Description of Collaborative Project of Development of Anthropometrical Measures in Twins to Study Macro-Environmental Variation in Genetic and Environmental Effects on Anthropometric Traits. Twin Res Hum Genet, vol. 18(4), 348-360. link> doi>
  • Zavos HMS, Siribaddana S, Ball HA, Lynskey MT, Sumathipala A, Rijsdijk FV, Hotopf M. 2015. The prevalence and correlates of alcohol use and alcohol use disorders: a population based study in Colombo, Sri Lanka. BMC Psychiatry, vol. 15, 158. link> doi> full text>
  • Siriwardhana C, Wickramage K, Siribaddana S, Vidanapathirana P, Jayasekara B, Weerawarna S, Pannala G, Adikari A, Jayaweera K, Pieris S, Sumathipala A. 2015. Common mental disorders among adult members of 'left-behind' international migrant worker families in Sri Lanka. BMC Public Health, vol. 15, 299. link> doi> full text>
  • Siriwardhana C, Adikari A, Pannala G, Roberts B, Siribaddana S, Abas M, Sumathipala A, Stewart R. 2015. Changes in mental disorder prevalence among conflict-affected populations: a prospective study in Sri Lanka (COMRAID-R). BMC Psychiatry, vol. 15, 41. link> doi> full text>
  • Wickramage K, Siriwardhana C, Vidanapathirana P, Weerawarna S, Jayasekara B, Pannala G, Adikari A, Jayaweera K, Peiris S, Siribaddana S, Sumathipala A. 2015. Risk of mental health and nutritional problems for left-behind children of international labor migrants. BMC Psychiatry, vol. 15, 39. link> doi> full text>
  • Sumathipala A, Nadkarni A, Siriwardhana C. 2015. Reflections on research and clinical collaborations between South Asia and the UK. BJPsych Int, vol. 12(1), 8-10. link>
  • Keraite A, Sumathipala A, Siriwardhana C, Morgan C, Reininghaus U. 2016. Exposure to conflict and disaster: A national survey on the prevalence of psychotic experiences in Sri Lanka. Schizophr Res, vol. 171(1-3), 79-85. link> doi>
  • Siriwardhana C, Abas M, Siribaddana S, Sumathipala A, Stewart R. 2015. Dynamics of resilience in forced migration: a 1-year follow-up study of longitudinal associations with mental health in a conflict-affected, ethnic Muslim population. BMJ Open, vol. 5(2), e006000. link> doi> full text>
  • Buchwald D, Kaprio J, Hopper JL, Sung J, Goldberg J, Fortier I, Busjhan A, Sumathipala A, Cozen W, Mack T, Craig JM, Harris JR. 2014. International Network of Twin Registries (INTR): Building a Platform for International Collaboration. Twin research and human genetics : the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies, vol. 17(6), 574-577. doi>
  • Tol WA, Barbui C, Bisson J, Cohen J, Hijazi Z, Jones L, de Jong JTVM, Magrini N, Omigbodun O, Seedat S, Silove D, Souza R, Sumathipala A, Vijayakumar L, Weissbecker I, Zatzick D, van Ommeren M. 2014. World Health organization guidelines for management of acute stress, PTSD, and bereavement: key challenges on the road ahead. PLoS Med, vol. 11(12), e1001769. link> doi> full text>
  • Dorrington S, Zavos H, Ball H, McGuffin P, Rijsdijk F, Siribaddana S, Sumathipala A, Hotopf M. 2014. Trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychiatric disorders in a middle-income setting: prevalence and comorbidity. Br J Psychiatry, vol. 205(5), 383-389. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A. 2014. Development of metaphors to explain cognitive behavioural principles for patients with medically unexplained symptoms in Sri Lanka. Int J Soc Psychiatry, vol. 60(2), 117-124. link> doi>
  • Siriwardhana C, Wickramage K, Jayaweera K, Adikari A, Weerawarna S, Van Bortel T, Siribaddana S, Sumathipala A. 2015. Impact of economic labour migration: a qualitative exploration of left-behind family member perspectives in Sri Lanka. J Immigr Minor Health, vol. 17(3), 885-894. link> doi>
  • Tomenson B, Essau C, Jacobi F, Ladwig KH, Leiknes KA, Lieb R, Meinlschmidt G, McBeth J, Rosmalen J, Rief W, Sumathipala A, Creed F, EURASMUS Population Based Study Group. 2013. Total somatic symptom score as a predictor of health outcome in somatic symptom disorders. Br J Psychiatry, vol. 203(5), 373-380. link> doi>
  • Ekanayake S, Prince M, Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Morgan C. 2013. "We lost all we had in a second": coping with grief and loss after a natural disaster. World Psychiatry, vol. 12(1), 69-75. link> doi>
  • Shidhaye R, Mendenhall E, Sumathipala K, Sumathipala A, Patel V. 2013. Association of somatoform disorders with anxiety and depression in women in low and middle income countries: a systematic review. Int Rev Psychiatry, vol. 25(1), 65-76. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Hotopf M, McGuffin P, Glozier N, Ball H, Kovas Y, Rijsdijk F, Yatawara L, Pariante C, Zavos H, Siriwardhana C, Pannala G, Jayaweera K, Adikari A, Gunewardane D. 2013. The Sri Lankan Twin Registry: 2012 update. Twin Res Hum Genet, vol. 16(1), 307-312. link> doi>
  • Siriwardhana C, Adikari A, Van Bortel T, McCrone P, Sumathipala A. 2013. An intervention to improve mental health care for conflict-affected forced migrants in low-resource primary care settings: a WHO MhGAP-based pilot study in Sri Lanka (COM-GAP study). Trials, vol. 14, 423. link> doi>
  • Siriwardhana C, Adikari A, Jayaweera K, Sumathipala A. 2013. Ethical challenges in mental health research among internally displaced people: ethical theory and research implementation. BMC Med Ethics, vol. 14, 13. link> doi>
  • Siriwardhana C, Pannala G, Siribaddana S, Sumathipala A, Stewart R. 2013. Impact of exposure to conflict, tsunami and mental disorders on school absenteeism: findings from a national sample of Sri Lankan children aged 12-17 years. BMC Public Health, vol. 13, 560. link> doi>
  • Siriwardhana C, Adikari A, Pannala G, Siribaddana S, Abas M, Sumathipala A, Stewart R. 2013. Prolonged internal displacement and common mental disorders in Sri Lanka: the COMRAID study. PLoS One, vol. 8(5), e64742. link> doi>
  • Lasalvia A, Zoppei S, Van Bortel T, Bonetto C, Cristofalo D, Wahlbeck K, Vassuer Bascel S, Van Audenhove C, van Weeghel J, Reneses B, Germanavicius A, Economou M, Lanfredi M, Ando S, Sartorius N, Lopez-Ibor JJ, Thornicroft G, Sumathipala A. 2012. Global pattern of experienced and anticipated discrimination reported by people with major depressive disorder: a cross-sectional survey. doi>
  • Zavos HMS, Kovas Y, Ball HA, Ball D, Siribaddana SH, Glozier N, Sumathipala A, McGuffin P, Hotopf M, Rijsdijk FV. 2012. Genetic and environmental etiology of nicotine use in Sri Lankan male twins. Behav Genet, vol. 42(5), 798-807. link> doi>
  • Blignault I, Manicavasagar V, Parker G, Wijeratne C, Sumathipala A. 2012. Building capacity in identification and management of mood disorders: an Australia-Sri Lanka collaboration. Australas Psychiatry, vol. 20(1), 53-56. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A and Jafarey A. 2012. Ethics of disaster management, clinical care and research. Asian Bioethics Review, vol. 2(2), 105-107.
  • Ball HA, Siribaddana SH, Sumathipala A, Kovas Y, Glozier N, Rijsdijk F, McGuffin P, Hotopf M. 2011. Genetic and environmental contributions to the overlap between psychological, fatigue and somatic symptoms: a twin study in Sri Lanka. Twin Res Hum Genet, vol. 14(1), 53-63. link> doi>
  • Siriwardhana C, Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Samaraweera S, Abeysinghe N, Prince M, Hotopf M. 2011. Reducing the scarcity in mental health research from low and middle income countries: a success story from Sri Lanka. Int Rev Psychiatry, vol. 23(1), 77-83. link> doi>
  • Ball HA, Sumathipala A, Siribaddana SH, Kovas Y, Glozier N, McGuffin P, Hotopf M. 2010. Aetiology of fatigue in Sri Lanka and its overlap with depression. Br J Psychiatry, vol. 197(2), 106-113. link> doi>
  • Ball HA, Siribaddana SH, Kovas Y, Glozier N, McGuffin P, Sumathipala A, Hotopf M. 2010. Epidemiology and symptomatology of depression in Sri Lanka: a cross-sectional population-based survey in Colombo District. J Affect Disord, vol. 123(1-3), 188-196. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Jafarey A, De Castro L, Ahmed A, Marcer D, Srinivasan S, Kumar N, Siribaddana S, Sautareo S, Bhan A, Waidyaratne D, Beneragama S, Jayasekera C, Edirisungha S, Siriwardena C. 2010. Ethical issues in a post-disaster clinical interventions and research: a developing world perspective. Key findings from a drafting and consensus generation meeting of the working group on disaster research and ethics. Asian Bioethics Review, vol. 2(2), 224-242.
  • Ball HA, Siribaddana SH, Sumathipala A, Kovas Y, Glozier N, McGuffin P, Hotopf M. 2010. Environmental exposures and their genetic or environmental contribution to depression and fatigue: a twin study in Sri Lanka. BMC Psychiatry, vol. 10, 13. link> doi>
  • Samaraweera S, Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Sivayogan S, Bhugra D. 2010. Prevalence of suicidal ideation in Sri Lanka. Crisis, vol. 31(1), 30-35. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Hewage S, Lekamwattage M, Athukorale M, Siriwardhana C, Munasinghe K, Sumathipala K, Murray J, Prince M. 2010. Understanding of research: a Sri Lankan perspective. BMC Med Ethics, vol. 11, 7. link> doi>
  • Ball HA, Sumathipala A, Siribaddana SH, Kovas Y, Glozier N, McGuffin P, Hotopf M. 2009. Genetic and environmental contributions to depression in Sri Lanka. Br J Psychiatry, vol. 195(6), 504-509. link> doi>
  • Allden K, Jones L, Weissbecker I, Wessells M, Bolton P, Betancourt TS, Hijazi Z, Galappatti A, Yamout R, Patel P, Sumathipala A. 2009. Mental health and psychosocial support in crisis and conflict: report of the Mental Health Working Group. Prehosp Disaster Med, vol. 24 Suppl 2, s217-s227. link>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Abeysingha MRN, De Silva P, Dewey M, Prince M, Mann AH. 2008. Cognitive-behavioural therapy v. structured care for medically unexplained symptoms: randomised controlled trial. Br J Psychiatry, vol. 193(1), 51-59. link> doi>
  • Samaraweera S, Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Sivayogan S, Bhugra D. 2008. Completed suicide among Sinhalese in Sri Lanka: a psychological autopsy study. Suicide Life Threat Behav, vol. 38(2), 221-228. link> doi>
  • Siribaddana SH, Ball HA, Hewage SN, Glozier N, Kovas Y, Dayaratne D, Sumathipala A, McGuffin P, Hotopf M. 2008. Colombo Twin and Singleton Study (CoTASS): a description of a population based twin study of mental disorders in Sri Lanka. BMC Psychiatry, vol. 8, 49. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Hewege S, Lekemwattage M, Athukorale M, Sisirawadena C, Murray JA, Prince M. 2008. Ethical approval and informed consent: analysis of biomedical publications originating from Sri Lanka. BMC Medical Ethics, vol. 3(9). doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Hewege S, Lekamwattage M, Athukorale M, Siriwardhana C, Murray J, Prince M. 2008. Ethics Review Committee approval and informed consent: an analysis of biomedical publications originating from Sri Lanka. BMC Med Ethics, vol. 9, 3. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Hewage S, Lekamwattage M, Athukorale M, Siriwardhana C, Murray J, Prince M. 2008. Informed consent in Sri Lanka: a survey among ethics committee members. BMC Med Ethics, vol. 9, 10. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Prince M, Mann AH. 2008. Understanding the cognitive representation of medically unexplained symptoms and its implication on treatment development research: A Sri Lanka study. BMC Psychiatry, vol. 54(8).
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Hewege S, Sumathipala K, Prince M, Mann A. 2008. Understanding the explanatory model of the patient on their medically unexplained symptoms and its implication on treatment development research: a Sri Lanka Study. BMC Psychiatry, vol. 8, 54. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A. 2007. What is the evidence for the efficacy of treatments for somatoform disorders? A critical review of previous intervention studies. Psychosom Med, vol. 69(9), 889-900. link> doi>
  • Samaraweera S, Sivayogan S, Sumathipala A, Bhugra D, Siribaddana S. 2007. RCT of cognitive behaviour therapy in active suicidal ideation-as feasibility study in Sri Lanka. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, vol. 21(3), 175-178. link>
  • Siribaddana SH, Siriwardane WD, Hewage SN, Athukorale ADMD, Sumathipala A, Hotopf M. 2006. Update from Sri Lankan Twin Registry: establishment of a population-based twin register and ongoing project on common mental disorders, alcohol abuse and suicidal ideations. Twin Res Hum Genet, vol. 9(6), 868-874. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Perera C. 2006. Management of dead bodies as a component of psychosocial interventions after the tsunami: a view from Sri Lanka. Int Rev Psychiatry, vol. 18(3), 249-257. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A. 2006. Bioethics in Sri Lanka. East Mediterr Health J, vol. 12 Suppl 1, S73-S79. link>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Perera C. 2006. Identification and management of dead bodies as a component of psychosocial interventions after the Tsunami; a view from Sri Lanka. International Review in Psychiatry, vol. 18(3), 249-257.
  • Patel V and Sumathipala A. 2006. Psychological approaches to somatisation in developing countries. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, vol. 12, 54-62.
  • Sumathipala A and Siribaddana S. 2005. Research and clinical ethics after the tsunami: Sri Lanka. Lancet, vol. 366(9495), 1418-1420. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Patel V. 2004. Under-representation of developing countries in the research literature: ethical issues arising from a survey of five leading medical journals. BMC Med Ethics, vol. 5, E5. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana SH, Bhugra D. 2004. The continuing story of dhat syndrome - Reply. BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, vol. 185, 261-262. link>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana SH, Bhugra D. 2004. Culture-bound syndromes: the story of dhat syndrome. Br J Psychiatry, vol. 184, 200-209. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Samaraweera SD. 2004. Do patients volunteer their life weariness and suicidal ideations? A Sri Lankan study. Crisis, vol. 25(3), 103-107. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A and Siribaddana S. 2004. Revisiting "freely given informed consent" in relation to the developing world: role of an ombudsman. Am J Bioeth, vol. 4(3), W1-W7. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, De Silva N. 2003. Qualitative research. Ceylon Med J, vol. 48(4), 136-139. link>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Samaraweera S, Dayaratne DARK. 2003. Capacity building through multi-disciplinary research: a report from Sri Lanka. Br J Psychiatry, vol. 183, 457-458. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana SH, Abeysingha NMR, De Silva N, Fernando DJS, Dayaratne DARK, De Silva D, Warnasuriya ND, Hotopf M. 2003. Challenges in recruiting older twins for the Sri Lankan Twin Registry. TWIN RESEARCH, vol. 6(1), 67-71. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana SH, Abeysingha NMR, De Silva N, Fernando DJS, Dayaratne DARK, De Silva D, Warnasuriya ND, Hotopf M. 2003. Challenges in recruiting older twins for the Sri Lankan twin registry. Twin Res, vol. 6(1), 67-71. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, De Silva N. 2003. Qualitative research, a review. vol. 48(4), 136-139.
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, De Silva N, Fernando D, Abeysingha N, Dayaratne R, De Silva D, Warnasuriya N, Hotopf M. 2002. Sri Lankan Twin Registry. Twin Res, vol. 5(5), 424-426. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A and Siribaddana S. 2002. Psychological distress among university students. Ceylon Med J, vol. 47(2), 74-75. link>
  • Sumathipala A, Siribaddana SH, De Silva N, Abeysingha NM, Sivayogam S, Fernando DJ. 2001. Feasibility of using different approaches for recruiting younger twins to establish a population based twin register in Sri Lanka. Twin Res, vol. 4(6), 459-463. link> doi>
  • Patel V and Sumathipala A. 2001. International representation in psychiatric literature: survey of six leading journals. Br J Psychiatry, vol. 178, 406-409. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Hewege S, Hanwella R, Mann AH. 2001. Cognitive behavioural therapy reduced distress and doctor visits in patients with medically unexplained symptoms. Evidence based Mental Health, vol. 4(1), 22.
  • Sumathipala A, De Silva N, Siribaddana SH, Abeysingha MR, Fernando DJ. 2000. Cross-cultural adaptation and preliminary validation of a zygosity determination questionnaire for twins in Sri Lanka. Twin Res, vol. 3(4), 205-212. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Fernando DJ, Siribaddana SH, Abeysingha MR, Jayasekare RW, Dissanayake VH, De Silva N. 2000. Establishing a twin register in Sri Lanka. Twin Res, vol. 3(4), 202-204. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A, Hewege S, Hanwella R, Mann AH. 2000. Randomized controlled trial of cognitive behaviour therapy for repeated consultations for medically unexplained complaints: a feasibility study in Sri Lanka. Psychol Med, vol. 30(4), 747-757. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A. 2000. New approach to translating instruments for cross-cultural research: a combined qualitative and quantitative approach for translation and consensus generation. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, vol. 9(2), 87-95.
  • Sumathipala A, Hewege S, Hanwella R, Mann AH. 2000. Randomised controlled trial of cognitive behaviour therapy for repeated consultations for medically unexplained complaints: a feasibility study in Sri Lanka. Psychological Medicine, vol. 30, 747-757.
  • Patel V and Sumathipala A. 1999. Methods used for suicide vary between regions in the developing world. BMJ, vol. 318(7178), 259. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A. 1997. Textbook of psychiatry. BEHAVIOUR RESEARCH AND THERAPY, vol. 35(11), 1056. link> doi>
  • Sumathipala A and Hanwella R. 1996. Evolution of psychiatric care - a spiral model. Psychiatric Bulletin, vol. 20, 561-563.

Chapters

  • Sumathipala A and Fernando B. 2014. Ethical issues in global mental health trials. In Global Mental Health Trials. Oxford University Press.
  • Sumathipala A. 2014. Research Infrastructure. In Essentials of Global Mental Health. Cambridge University Press.
  • Sumathipala A. 2013. When relief comes from a different culture. In Ethical issues in providing healthcare during disasters. Springer.
  • Sumathipala A. 2012. Psychiatric emergencies in disaster situations. In Emergencies in Psychiatry in low and middle income countries. Baywood Books.
  • Sumathipala A, Creed F, Lee S. 2011. Cultural aspect of medically unexplained symptoms. In A textbook on improving the management of patients with medically unexplained symptoms. EACLPP.
  • Sumathipala A. 2008. What is the evidence for efficacy of treatment for somatoform disorders? Somatic presentation of mental disorders. In Monograph. American Psychiatric Association.
  • Sumathipala A, Bughra D, Siribaddana S. 2007. Culture Bound Syndromes: a re-evaluation. In Textbook of cultural psychiatry. Cambridge University Press.
  • Sumathipala A, Patel V, Khan M. 2006. Mental Health in South Asia. In Textbook of culture and mental health disorder. A comprehensive text book. Hodder Arnold.
  • Sumathipala A. 2005. Concepts of medically unexplained symptoms in relation to mind body dualism. Chapter 1: Somatization and Conversion Disorders. In Somatoform Disorders, WPA Series Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Volume 9. Wiley.

Other

  • Herle M, Kan C, Jayaweera K, Asikari A, Siribaddana S, Zavos H, Sumathipala A, Ismail K, Hotopf M, Treasure J, Rijsdijk F. 2017. Emotional overeating and depression in the Sri Lankan Twin Register. BEHAVIOR GENETICS (vol. 47, p. 699). link>
  • Kan C, Herle M, Jayaweera K, Asikari A, Rajarata SS, Zavos H, Sumathipala A, Ismail K, Hotopf M, Treasure J, Rijsdijk F. 2017. Sex differences in cognitive restraint and body mass index: the COTASS-2 study. BEHAVIOR GENETICS (vol. 47, p. 716). link>
  • Dorrington S, Zavos H, Ball H, McGuffin P, Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S, Rijsdijk F, Hatch SL, Hotopf M. 2017. Family functioning, trauma exposure and PTSD in a middle-income community sample. EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY (vol. 41, p. S157). link> doi>
  • Abhayasinghe MPKW, Saunders B, Campbell P, Sumathipala A, Training User 01. postgraduate research symposium of Research Institute for Primaty Care & Health Sciences.

I has extensive experience in the field of teaching. I have lectured and taught seminars on a range of topics related to mental health at post-graduate level, and in international courses.

I consider my greatest contribution throughout my academic and research career is the establishment of Institute for Research & Development (IRD) in Sri Lanka (www.ird.lk) and the Sri Lankan Twin Registry which is a unique resource; one of the few large scale functioning population based registries for twin and genetic research in a low- and middle-income country (LMIC). I also have a international reputation in bioethics.