Rumalie Gunawardena

Rumalie Gunawardena

After completing her BSc in Psychology, Rumalie initially joined CAFS as a research and clinical intern in January 2018 and is now a member of the core team. Her clinical work at CAFS includes assisting our team of psychologists in planning and implementing therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents as well as conducting assessments. As part of her research work at CAFS, she currently leads a project aimed at validating a culturally grounded neuropsychological test battery for children in Sri Lanka with neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, linking very much with her passion for the field of neuropsychology. Her work at CAFS also includes supporting the planning and execution of awareness campaigns, community outreach activities and workshops along with various other projects carried out by the organisation.
Rumalie is also involved in teaching and acts as a visiting lecturer in Psychology on a part time basis.
“As a result of the different types of work that we do at CAFS, I have come to understand that there are so many ways in which we could contribute towards better mental health in our country. Whether it’s by supporting someone through therapy and counselling, informing policy or contributing to change through research, bringing awareness to different mental health conditions or going into communities and supporting those who do not have access to care, there is so much we can do to support people’s mental health. Having had the opportunity to engage in these different types of work at CAFS, that at the end of the day go hand in hand, has definitely expanded my thinking and given me hope and inspiration with regards to the future of mental health in our country!”