Prof Diyanath Samarasinghe

Postgraduate Degrees and Qualifications

  • Licentiate, Royal College of Physicians (LRCP UK, 1980)
  • Member, Royal College ofSurgeons (MRCS, Eng.) 1980
  • Diploma in Psychological Medicine (DPM, UK) 1980
  • Member of Royal College of Psychiatrist (MRCPsy, UK) 1981
  • Fellow, Royal College of Psychiatrists – FRCPsy, UK – 1999.
Professional Career
  • Associate Professor in Psychiatry (1994 onwards).  Responsibilities as in (6) above
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, 1984 – 1994
  • Consultant Psychiatrist,  St. Brendan’s Hospital, Bermuda 1983.
  • Senior Registrar, Maudsley Hospital  London. (1981-1982)
  • Senior House Officer and Registrar Maudsley Hospital, London. (1979-1980)
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo (1976 – 1978)
  • Intern Houseman, General Hospital Colombo (1974 – 1975)  (General Medicine & Surgery)
Positions and appointments with other agencies:
  • Council member, National Youth services Council (2000 – 2001)
  • Patron and, previously honorary consultant to, “NEST” project in
  • The establishment and running of half- way houses for the rehabilitation and re-integration with their families of persons institutionalized in mental hospitals, and in the promotion of community  mental health.(1988 –  )
  • Honorary consultant to “Mel Medura” – Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centre.  Activities  include community responses in helping drug users to discontinue usage. (1986 – )
  • Chairman – Committee on Tobacco, Alcohol and Illicit Drugs, Sri Lanka Medical  Association (1995 – 1999)
  • Member – Steering Committee on Adolescent Health, Family Health           Bureau, Ministry of Health (1994 – 1998)
  • Member, Governing Council, Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA), (2007 –  2009)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee on Tobacco Product Regulation (SACTOB) of WHO, Geneva (2000 – 2004)
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board of “Addiction”, UK (1997- )
  • Member, International Advisory Board, “Addiction Abstracts”,UK. (1993 -)
  • Member, WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems.  WHO, Geneva (1992 –  )
Awards
  • Awarded national honour (Deshabandu) 2005 for “contributions to nation”
  • Elected Fellow of the Ceylon College of Physicians, 1999.
  • Awarded national honour (“Vidya Jyothi”) 1998 for “Outstanding scientific or technological achievement”.
  • Lakshmi Menon International Award for “Outstanding  contribution to substance abuse prevention” 1997, from Alcohol and Drug Information Centre, India.
  • “Tobacco or Health Medal” 1996 award – from WHO, Geneva.
Other positions/ activities

  • Consultant, Unicef (Colombo) (2001)  To provide technical inputs to relevant agencies for improving ECCD and school performance of under-performers
  • Chairman – National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, Sri Lanka (1995 – 2001)
  • International consultant for UNDP (India) on the prevention of HIV transmission by drug injectors, December 1991 – in North Eastern States of India
  • Honorary Consultant to “Alcohol and Drug Information Centre”  (ADIC – Colombo)  (1989 – 1995)
  • Consultant – ILO/Department of Labour.  In “Navodaya” Project on Community Based Rehabilitation of Drug Users, 1992. Member and Honorary Secretary, Board of Study in Psychiatry, Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (1985 – 1990)
  • Chairman, Technical Advisory Group of The Mentor Foundation, Geneva.  Mentor is a private foundation  for the prevention of adolescent drug abuse, acting in cooperation with the World Health Organization, Geneva. (1992 – 1996)
  • Member WHO Technical working group on developing interventions for preventing HIV transmission.  Global Programme on AIDS, WHO, Geneva (1992 – 1994)
  • Member, WHO 28th Expert Committee Meeting on Drug Dependence, Geneva 1992.  (WHO Technical Report No 836), and 30th Expert Committee Meeting 1996, (WHO Technical Report  No 873).
  • Consultant, World Health Organization. To coordinate on Substance Abuse activities in prevention and public information, January – March 1992 and April – May 1992; WHO, Geneva
  • International Consultant – UNDCP, as leader of team evaluating 5 year drug demand reduction programme of UNDCP with the Govt of India (Feb-Mar 1994).
  • Head , Dept of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (1998 – 2001).
  • International Consultant – UNODC, New Delhi Regional Office, as leader of team evaluating Drug Demand Reduction Project with Govt. of India, April – May 2003
  • International Consultant – Vietnam-Sweden Health Cooperation, to provide technical support on formulating draft National Alcohol Policy for Vietnam, August 2006
  • Member, WHO 2nd Expert Committee Meeting on Problems Related to Alcohol Consumption. Geneva 2007.  (WHO Technical Report No 944)
  • Independent Evaluator – UNODC, Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA), Tashkent, of 4 year Project on ‘Diversification of HIV prevention and drug treatment services for injecting drug users in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, August 2007.
  • Member, Task Force on formulating a Masterplan for Drug Control in Sri Lanka(1992 – 1993).
  • Member, Task Force on formulating a Masterplan for Drug Control in Sri Lanka (1992-1993).
  • Supervisor, MD thesis, “Emotional Disorders Among Women attending a Family practice” (1987 – 1989) (Dr. Nandani De Silva – Post Graduate Institute of Medicine).
  • Examiner for MD (by thesis) in Family Medicine of  the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo,  “A study of the factors influencing patient  satisfaction in family practices of Colombo”,  Dr G de Silva 1998
  • Supervisor, MEd dissertation, “Counselling Services” (Mr. S. Jayayatilleke, Faculty of Education, University of Colombo) 1989
  • Supervisor of MD Thesis :  “Depression in General Practice”  Dr. A. Perera (1988 – 1992 Post Graduate Institute of Medicine.)
  • Supervisor, MD thesis, “Emotional Disorders Among Women attending a Family practice” (1987 – 1989) (Dr. Nandani De Silva – Post Graduate Institute of Medicine).
  • Member, Task Force on formulating a Masterplan for Drug Control in Sri Lanka(1992 – 1993)
  • Board Member – National Dangerous Drug Control Board, Sri Lanka. (1989 – 1995)
  • Member, Academic Affairs Board, National Institute of Education.            (1988 – 1993).
  • Member of National Core Group on child mental health – Included  interventions to formulate strategies to help alleviate the trauma of armed conflict on children.  (1988 -).
  • Examiner for MD (by thesis) in Family Medicine of  the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo,  “A study of the factors influencing patient  satisfaction in family practices of Colombo”,  Dr G de Silva 1998.
  • Examiner, PhD thesis, “Assessment of Need and effectiveness of School Counselling Service”  (Vinitha Wickremasinghe, Faculty of Education, University of Colombo) 1989.
  • Resource person in training programme on “Evaluation of Drug Abuse Prevention Programmes”, 11th International Conference of IFNGO, 1989.
  • Facilitator, WHO/FPA International Training Programme on counselling for sexual problems in adolescence.  Madras, 1990, and Colombo, 1993.
  • Faculty member, WHO regional training programme on Drug Abuse Prevention through Primary Health Care – WHO, New Delhi, 1989.
  • Participant (Temporary Advisor), WHO consultations on (a) “Prevention of Drug Injection”  WHO Geneva 1989.  (b) Psychosocial interventions for malnutrition – Djakarta 1990.  (c) Improving Psychosocial sensitivity of Physicians Dhaka 1990.  (d) Treatment Responses to Drug and Alcohol Abuse.  Moscow, May 1991 and Switzerland, October 1991.  (e) Review of Intervention Development support activities of the Global Programme on AIDS, WHO Geneva, August 1991. (f) Community responses in treatment of drug problems – WHO, Geneva, September 1993. (g) Chairperson, joint WHO/Mentor Foundation Consultation on “Adolescents,  Drugs and Prevention – setting the international agenda”.
  • Visiting Lecturer and examiner- MSc in Psychology, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Post Grad Diploma in Counselling, Faculty of Education, University of Colombo (1994 -)
  • Leader, Sri Lanka delegation to UNDCP Commission on Narcotic Drugs: 1995, 1996 and 1997.
  • Keynote speech (as Guest of Honour), ‘Healthy doctors’, Galle Clinical Society 2005.
  • K N Seneviratne Memorial Oration, ‘Alcohol and Pleasure?’, Physiological Society of Sri Lanka, 2006.
  • Invited Plenary Lecture, ‘Lessons from Outside the West’ at ICAA (International Council on Alcohol and Addictions) Global Conference – Stockholm, June 2007.
  • Invited plenary lecture, ‘Alocohol and Development – in poverty and in wealth’ at  Global Expert Meeting on Alcohol, Health and Social Development organized by Ministry of Public Health, Sweden.  Stockholm, September 2009.
Publications
  • Nalika Gunawardena, Kayo Kurotani, Susantha Indrawansa, Daisuke Nonaka, Tetsuya Mizoue and Diyanath Samarasinghe (2016) School-based intervention to enable school children to act as change agents on weight, physical activity and diet of their mothers: a cluster randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity13:45 (DOI 10.1186/s12966-016-0369-7)  .
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe, Sarath Amunugama, Carukshi Arambepola, Manoj Fernando and Chandrika Wijeyaratne (2013). Empowering communities to reduce the burden of diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk: lessons from the NIROGI Lanka project in Sri Lanka. WHO Regional Health Forum – Volume 17, Number 1, 53-60. (http://www.searo.who.int/publications/journals/regional_health_forum/rhfv17n1p53.pdf).
  • Nonaka, N.S Gunawardena, S. Indrawansa, A. Nanri, L. Rajapakse, T. Mizoue, D. Samarasinghe. (2012). Student’s perception of school environment and life satisfaction Southeast Asian Journal  of  Tropical Medicine  and   Public  Health  43(6), 1568-1576.
  • V de Silva, D Samarasinghe and R Hanwella (2011) Association between concurrent alcohol and tobacco use and poverty. Drug and Alcohol Review,30, 69-73.
  • V de Silva, D Samarasinghe and N Gunawardene (2009). Alcohol and tobacco use among males in two districts in Sri Lanka CMJ, vol 54 (4), 119-124.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2009). ‘Reducing Alcohol Harm: things we can do’. Forut, Gjovik (also accessible at www.add-resources.org.)
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2009). ‘Unrecorded Alcohol’. Forut, Gjovik (also accessible at www.add-resources.org.).
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2009). ‘Alcohol and Poverty: some connections’. Forut, Gjovik (also accessible at www.add-resources.org.).
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2009).  ‘Oh, go on – Have One More’.  Nest, Colombo.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2009).  The Nanny New Zealand State?   Addiction,  Vol 104, 69.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2008). (Sinhala) ‘Taking Action on Alcohol’.  Forut, Colombo.
  • Contributor to, ‘Youth friendly Health Services – training manual’.  Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition, Colombo 2008.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2008). Tobacco and Alcohol Control in the South East Asia Region.  (Chapter in Sixty Years of WHO in South East Asia,  WHO, SEARO, New Delhi).
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2007)  Dying well demands living well. Ceylon Medical Journal 52 (4), 155.
  • Member, Expert Committee drafting WHO Technical Report 944  (WHO Expert Committee on Problems related to alcohol consumption – Second Report), World Health Organization, Geneva, 2007.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2006).  Reducing the Harm from Alcohol Use: Community Responses. New Delhi,  WHO(SEARO).
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2006) Different disasters, different needs. International Psychiatry 3 (3), 8 – 11. http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/IP_Jul06.pdf#page=10.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2006)  Sri Lanka: alcohol now and then. Addiction 101, 626-628.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2005).  Strategies to Reduce Alcohol Problems.  Forut, Colombo.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2005).  ‘Disaster Management:  Lessons from the immediate responses to the tsunami’, Ceylon Medical Journal: vol 50, No. 1, 25 – 27.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2005).  ‘Responsibility Matters’.  Nest, Colombo.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe and Colvin Goonaratna (2004).  ‘Tobacco related harm in South Asia’, BMJ (Editorial): 328:780.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe, Varuni de Silva and Manoj Fernando (2003).  Help Your Patients Quit Smoking.  Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo.
  • Bergljot Baklien and Diyanath Samarasinghe (2003).  Alcohol and Poverty.  Forut, Colombo.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (with assistance form Varuni de Silva)  Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use – a manual for community action. WHO SEARO, New Delhi, 2003.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2002).  Matters of Life and Death.  Nest, Colombo.
  • Member, Expert Committee – drafting WHO Technical Report 873 (WHO Expert Committee on Drug  Dependence 30th report), World Health  Organization,             Geneva , 1996.
  • Padmal de Silva and Diyanath Samarasinghe (1997)  Behaviour Therapy in Sri Lanka”  p 141-147.  In Tian  P.S.Oei     (Ed)  Edumedia, Glebe NSW, Australia.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe, E.K.Rodrigo, and A.D.Nikapota (1997). Training Manual for Public Health Midwives  on Child Mental Health,  UNICEF, Colombo.  (in Sinhala).
  • Co – editor : Textbook on Adolescent Health (published in Ministry of Health (Family Health Bureau ), Govt.Press, Colombo, 1996.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1995) “Can effective tobacco control strategies be created for no money at all?”.  In, Karen Slama (Ed) “Tobacco and Health” Plenum Press, New York.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1995)  “Physicians’ Manual for Prevention and Management of Drug Related Problems”  World Health Organization, New Delhi.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1995) “Removing the glamour” World Health, No 4, p5.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1995) “Management of depression ” Sri Lanka Prescriber, Vol 3, No 2, p1-2.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1995)  “Harm Reduction in the  Developing World”  Drug and Alcohol Review,  Vol 14, 305-309.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1995)  “Alcohol use in Sri Lanka”  Chapter in: Dwight B Heath (Ed) “International Handbook on Alcohol and Culture”, Westport, Greenwood Press.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1994)”Alcohol Policies – in poverty and in wealth”  (Editorial) Addiction, Vol 89, 643-646.
  • Member, Expert Committee drafting WHO Technical Report 836  (WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence – Twenty- eighth Report), World Health Organization, Geneva, 1993.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1993) “Sensible Drinking?  Why not a sensible smoking goal too?” Ceylon Medical Journal, Vol. 38, 94-95.
  • De Silva HJ, Peiris MUPK, Samarasinghe DS and Ellawala NS (1992).       “A two year follow up study on alcohol dependent men rehabilitated at a special unit in a developing country”.British Journal of Addiction, Vol. 87, 1409-1414.
  • Samarasinghe Diyanath (1992) “Reducing Tobacco use in Sri Lanka” Ceylon Medical Journal Vol. 37 : 66-69.
  • Samarasinghe Diyanath (1992) “Removing the Magic from Drugs” World Health Forum Vol. 13 No. 4 368-371.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1992) “Acting to Change Social Attitudes” – (Comment),  World Health Forum Vol. 13 No. 2, 124-125.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1992) “Artificial breeding grounds for mosquito control” The Lancet.  Vol  340, 114.
  • Samarasinghe, Diyanath (1991) “Recognition and Management of Functional Complaints” Ceylon Medical Journal Vol. 36, No. 1, 23-26.
  • Nandani De Silva and Diyanath Samarasinghe (1990) “Acceptance of a Psychiatric Screening Questionnaire by General Practice Attenders” Ceylon Medical Journal, 35,105-108.
  • Samarasinghe D. , Drugs of Abuse – modes of prevention (Published in Sinhala) Alcohol and Drug Information Centre, Colombo 1990.
  • Samarasinghe D. and Nikapota AD  Training Manual for Helping Children in Situations of Armed Conflict.  UNICEF  Colombo 1990.
  • Samarasinghe Diyanath (1989) `Treating Alcohol Problems in Sri Lanka’.  British Journal of Addiction,  Vol 84, No 8, 865-68.
  • Samarasinghe, Diyanath  (1988) `Problem Drinkers and Alcohol Dependence’ (Editorial) Ceylon Medical Journal Vol.33, No 1, 3-5.
  • Samarasinghe, Diyanath (1987)  `Recent Treatment Innovations in Psychiatry’ Journal of the Ceylon College of Physician (1986 – 87) Vol. 19 – 20, 57-61.
  • Samarasinghe, Diyanath (1987) `Psychological Aspects of AIDS’ Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians  (1986-87) Vol 19 – 20,  35-36.
  • Samarasinghe D.S.,  Dissanayake S.A.W. &  Wijesinghe C.P. (1987) “Alcoholism in Sri Lanka – an Epidemiological Survey British Journal of Addiction Vol 36, 1149-1156.
  • Contributor to : `Behavioural Psychotherapy :  Maudsley Pocketbook of Clinical Management’ I. M. Marks (editors) Bristol Wright IOP Publishing Ltd. (1986).
  • D. Samarasinghe (1985) `Patients’ Choice Between Ayurveda and Allopathy Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians Vol. 18, 22-27.
  • P. De Silva & D. Samarasinghe (1985) `Behaviour Therapy in Sri Lanka Journal of Behaviour Therapy & Experimental Psychiatry. Vol. 16, No 2, 95-100.
  • D.S. Samarasinghe (1984 `Use and Misuse of Benzodiazepines The Prescriber (Sri Lanka) Vol. 1 , No 1, 9 -15.
  • D.S.Samarasinghe, S Tilley & I. M. Marks (1984)`Alcohol and Sedative Drug use by Neurotic Out-Patients’ British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 145, 45-48.
  • C. Gunaratne, D.S.Samarasinghe and P. De Silva `Sexuality and Adolescent Problem (Published in Sinhalese) – Lotus Press, Colombo. ( 1980 ).
  • D.S.Samarasinghe, A. Nimalasuriya W. Weerasinghe & M. Dias (1979).     `Expectations, Opinions and Treatment Adherence  among Out-patients Ceylon Medical Journal  Vol. 24, 32-35
Papers and other communications
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (Letter) All cause mortality and the case for age specific alcohol consumption guidelines BMJ2015; 350doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h384(Published 10 February 2015)http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h384/rr-1Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h384.
  • V. De Silva, D. Samarasinghe, N. Gunawardena     Alcohol and tobacco use in two districts in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 14th Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka. September 2009. p.
  • N. Gunawardena, D. Samarasinghe, K. Peiris, V. Ariyarathne. An evaluation of an non-communicable disease risk reduction intervention in selected villages. Proceedings of the 122nd Annual sessions of Sri Lanka Medical Association. March 2009. p 29.
  • N. Gunawardena, D. Samarasinghe, K. Peiris, V. Ariyarathne.  Risk behaviour, knowledge and attitudes regarding NCD in selected villages: A pre- Intervention assessment. Proceedings of the 121st Annual sessions of Sri Lanka Medical Association. March 2008. p 25.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2006) “Calling the Stages of Change Bluff” (letter) Addiction, vol101, p138.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (2000) “ICAP and the new terminology”,  Addiction (letter) p1438.
  • Co – editor : Textbook on Adolescent Health (published in Ministry of Health (Family Health Bureau), Govt.Press, Colombo, 1996.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1996) “The meaning of treatment and setting” (comment) Addiction, vol 91, p1810-1812.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1995) “Commercially attractive but scientifically dubious” (comment) World Health Forum,Vol 15, p219-220.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1995) “A reply” (letter) Addiction,  vol 90, p441-442.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1995) “Is there hope?” (comment)  Addiction, vol 89, p654.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1995)  “Prevention of AIDS in Sri Lanka – are we doing the best for our people?”  (letter) Ceylon Medical Journal, Vol 40, No 2, p87.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1994) “Handling Drug Related Problems” Draft Chapter for “Refugee  Mental Health Promotion WHO/ UNHCR, Geneva. In Press.
  • Diyanath Samarasinghe (1993) “Generalist responses to alcohol and drug problems”  Chapter in ‘Approaches to Treatment or Substance Abuse” WHO/PSA (Ed) pp53-74, WHO, Geneva.
  • Varuni de Silva and Diyanath Samarasinghe (1993)  “Women and Substance          Use in Sri Lanka”  in  WHO-PSA (Ed) “Women  and Substance Abuse”            pp17 193.  WHO/PSA/93.13:  WHO, Geneva.
  • “Can Effective Tobacco Control Strategies be created for money at all?”  9th World Conference on Tobacco and Health. Paris, 1994.
  • “Appropriate Technology for Community Action in Sri Lanka Tobacco Alert.  January `93  P. 10  (with K. Anuradhanayake).
  • “Masterplan for Drug Control in Sri Lanka”.   Prepared for UNDCP and     NDDCB, Colombo, 1993. (with N. Kodagoda and F. De Silva).
  • “A self-help programme for anxiety : A pilot study in Sri Lanka” 4th World Congress on Behaviour Therapy, Queensland, Australia, 1992 (with W. Reavley  and J. Orley).
  • “Developments in the Practice of Behaviour Therapy in Sri Lanka” 4th World Congress on Behaviour Therapy Queensland,  Australia, 1992. (with P. De Silva).
  • D. Samarasinghe, “An evaluation of “Community Awareness Programme” 13th IFNGO Conference, Manila, 1991 (With B.Perera and N. Kodagoda).
  • “Tobacco Prevention in Sri Lanka” 13th IFNGO Conference Manila, 1991 (with B. Perera and N. Kodagoda).
  • “Refugee Substance Abuse and Alcoholism” International Conference in    Refugee Mental Health, Stockholm, October 1991.
  • Global Review of “Generalists Responses  Alcohol and Drug Problems” – Draft  to chapter prepared for the Programme on   Substance Abuse, WHO, October 1991.
  • Global Review of Treatment Provision for Management of Drug Abuse and Drug Dependence – for  programme on Substance Abuse, WHO,        September 1991.
  • Teacher Training Manual on “Education for Responsible Living” National  Institute of Education, Maharagama, 1990
  • “Role of School Leaders in Drug Abuse Prevention” – 11th International  Conference of IFNGO, 1989.
  • “Drug Prevention Education in the School Curriculum”  11th International  Conference of the Federation of             NGO’s against Drug Abuse  IFNGO),1989.
  • “Factors Affecting Alcoholism Outcome in Sri Lanka” International Congress of Alcoholism &  Drug dependence (ICAA) Oslo,1988.
  • “A pilot study using the GHQ in family practice in Sri Lanka”. Annual Sessions Sri Lanka Medical Association 1988 (With N. De Silva ).
  • “AIDS phobia – A new condition ? ”              Annual sessions Sri Lanka Medical Association, 1988.
  • “Some treatment Innovations based on Buddhist teachings”, Annual Sessions Sri Lanka Medical Association, 1987.
  • “Incest in Sri Lanka: The power perspective” 2nd Indo Pacific Congress on Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, 1986.
  • “Patients’ choice between Ayurweda and  Western Psychiatry” Sri Lanka Psychiatric Association Sessions, 1986.
  • “Essential tremor and Alcoholism” Annual sessions Sri Lanka Medical Association, 1986.
  • “Male Sexual Dysfunction: Some special Sri Lankan features” Annual sessions Sri Lanka Medical Association, 1985.
  • D.S. Samarasinghe (1985) Factors that influence patients in Sri Lanka in their choice between Ayurvedic and Western Medicine.  British Medical Journal, Vol 291, p900 (Letter).
  • Writer’s Cramp – A Physical or Psychological Problem ?”  Ceylon College of Physicians, Annual Sessions  1984.
  • `Hypochondriasis: An experimental treatment’ Proceedings of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of science 1984.
  • D. S. Samarasinghe (1983) ‘Panic Disorder’  British Medical Journal (1983 ) .Vol. 286 , p 1819 (Letter).
  • `The Buddhist Influence on Alcoholism’  9th World Congress of Social Psychiatry Paris, 1982.
  • Sexual Behaviour among Sri Lanka Youth’ International ROSE (Research on Sex Education) conference –  London, 1982 .(With Padmal De Silva & C. Gooneratne).
  • `Buddhism and Alcoholism’  Proceedings of the Sri Lanka Association  for the Advancement  of Science. (1978) (With S. Govinnage).
  • `Psychiatric Illness in a Rural OPD Practice’  Proceedings of the Sri Lanka Association  for the Advancement of Science.  (1978) (With E.K. Rodrigo).
  • ‘Vital Capacity Norms for Sri Lanka’ Proceedings of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. (1977) (With G. Chellapah)