Qualifications(PhD/MPhil/MSSc/MA/BA Hons/Higher Diploma/Diploma)
including Subjects
MPhil in Clinical Psychology
MSSc in Philosophy
BA (Hons) in Psychology
Profile Statement 
I’m, Mr. R.M.G. Karunarathne presently working as a Senior Lecturer attached to the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya. I have stared my career life as a probationary lecturer in 2010 attached to the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna and promoted as a Senior Lecturer in 2016 in the same institute. Subsequently, I joined with the University of Kelaniya at the end of 2018 as a senior lecturer to the Department of Philosophy. I completed my Master of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology in 2016 from the FGS, University of Colombo. I completed my first degree from the University of Peradeniya achieving a Hons. degree in psychology, and also completed M.S.Sc in Philosophy from University of Kelaniya in 2012. I was the coordinator for Personnel and Professional Development Stream (PPDS) at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna from 2010 to 2014 and the coordinator for Diploma in Counselling at the Department of Philosophy, University of Kelaniya. Further, I’m disseminating my knowledge working as a visiting lecturer at the Nivahana Society in Kandy, and working as a volunteer clinical psychologist at the Faculty of Engineering in Kilinochchi, and Faculty of Law in Jaffna University. I am committed and self-motivated to work with the students and I enjoy working with and diverse individuals and groups.
Expertise Fields/ Research Interest
Clinical Psychology
Abnormal Psychology


 A Comparative Study of Depression and Its Correlates among Institutionalized and Non-institutionalized Elders in Kandy District (M.Phi. Dissertation in English).
A Psychological Study on the Usability of Laughter therapy for the Development of Memory of School Children (M.S.Sc. Dissertation in Sinhala).
A Psychological Study on Ayurvedic Treatment for Abnormal Behaviours (B.A. Dissertation in Sinhala).
Anxiety Disorders and Non-drug Treatments (Project submitted as a partial fulfillment of Diploma in English).
  “A Comparative Study on Perception of Western Psychology and Buddhism” (an article in Sinlaha), Saragavesi Academic Journal, 2005.
“Aggression and its nature” (an article in Sinhala), Sulekha Academic Journal, 2006.
“Child’s Emotional development with a Psychological View Point” (an article in Sinhala), Rev. Thibbotuwawe Sri Sobita Commemorative Academic Journal, 2006.
“Environment and Me” (an article in Sinhala), The Leader, Vol. 1, 2004.
“Support to the people under stress at workplace” (an article in Sinhala), Prabodaya, vol. 3, 2007.
“Utility of Buddhist meditation for Stress Management” (an article in Sinhala), Pravachana Academic Journal, 2007.
“Abnormal Behaviours in Ayurvedic Tradition” (an article in Sinhala), Rev. Imbulgoda Chandananda Commemorative Academic Journal, 2008.
“Impact of Prejudice for Social Relationships” (an article in Sinhala), Philosophiya – Philosophical Article Collection, 2008.
“Abnormal Behaviors Implicit in Sallekha Sutta” (an article in Sinhala),  Pravachana Academic Journal, 2009/2010.
“Features of a successful Family Life” (an article in Sinhala), Indusara, Rev. Keradewala Wajiragnana Commemorative Academic Journal, 2011.
 “Defense Mechanisms in Psychoanalysis and Vanchaka Dharma in Buddhism” (an article in Sinhala), Viduruwana Academic Journal, 2014.
 Dr Kumaran,S., Karunarathene, R.M.G (2010), “A Buddhist Approach to Reduce the widows related issues in Sri Lanka”, Proceedings of the fourth international conference of Sri Lanka Association of Buddhist studies, Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy, Pallekele, Kandy. (An academic communication).
Karunarathene, R.M.G., Rewatha, K. (2016), “Psychology of Birth”, Anveshana – the Academic Journal of Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya.
Karunarathne, R.M.G (2018), “Geriatric Psychology and Geriatric Mental Health Issues”, Philosophical Article Collection, Department of Philosophy, University of Kelaniya.
Co-paper presentation on “Sustainable Healthy Community through Effective Motivational Strategies (A Success Story of Public-Private Partnership)” from 23rd 25th March, 2017 at the 10th Annual RASSL Research conference on Humanities and Social Sciences, Sri Lanka.
Karunarathene, R.M.G (2010), “The Psychotherapeutic Approach Depicted in the Story of Kisagotami” Proceedings of the fourth international conference of Sri Lanka Association of Buddhist studies, Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy, Pallekele, Kandy. (An academic communication).
A paper presentation on “Roots of Modern Counseling Techniques Implicit in Buddhism” at Sri Lanka Association for Buddhist Studies, Third International Conference from 08th to 10th December, 2008 at Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
A paper presentation on “Laughter Therapy for the Upliftment of Mental Health of War Affected People” at the 12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies from 18th to 20th March, 2010 organized by The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka and The Open University of Sri Lanka.
A paper presentation on “Either Buddhism is the Founder of Defense Mechanisms or Sigmund Freud” at the 3rd International Buddhist Research Seminar from 8th to 10th January, 2011 organized by the Buddhist Research Institute, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Ayutthaya, Thailand.
Co-presenter of the research paper on “Utility of Religious Insight to Empower Problem Solving Skills: A Case Study” at the 2600th Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanti International Buddhist Conference – 2012 organized by the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University, Anuradhapura.
Co-paper presenter on “Empowering Mental Health via Meditation to Prevent Non-communicable Disease and Related Social Problem (A Conceptual Framework)” from 8th to 10th January, 2013 at the 2nd International Meditation Seminar organized by the International Buddhist Meditation Center, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Ayutthaya, Thailand.


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