Dr. D.L.U. Amarakoon

Senior Lecturer Grade II

Department

Department of Psychiatry

E-mail

luckshikadlu@yahoo.com

Telephone

Office - +94 11 2881788 Ext: 4551

Academic Qualifications

  • MBBS / 2010 / University Sri Jayewardenepura / Sri Lanka
  • MD (Psychiatry) / 2017 / University of Colombo / Sri Lanka

Memberships in Professional Organizations

  • Sri Lanka Medical Council
  • Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatry

ORCID ID

0000-0001-6669-121X

Google Scholar Link

https://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=list_works&hl=id&user=_u10QmcAAAAJ

Research Gate Link

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luckshika-Amarakoon

 

Publications and Scientific Communications

Publications

  • Symptoms of depression and anxiety and stress among postgraduate trainees in Sri Lanka: Risk factors and implications for practice. PS Alles, L Amarakoon, YM Rohanachandra. Indian Journal of Psychiatry 65 (11), 1190-1194
  • D L U Amarakoon, P S Alles, Y M Rohanachandra. An online survey on the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among internet users in Sri Lanka. SL J Psychiatry 2023; 14(1): 12-14. https://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v14i1.8408
  • Rohanachandra YM, Amarakoon L, Alles PS, Amarasekera AU, Mapatunage CN. Parental knowledge and attitudes about child sexual abuse and their practices of sex education in a Sri Lankan setting. Asian J Psychiatry. 2023 Jul;85:103623. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2023.103623. Epub 2023 May 6. PMID: 37167649.
  • P S Alles, Y M Rohanachandra, L Amarakoon, S Prathapan. Psychological distress, challenges and perceived needs among doctors and nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka. SL J Psychiatry 2021; 12(1): 4-10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v12i1.8279.
  • P S Alles, C Akurana, D L U Amarakoon, Y M Rohanachandra. An elderly man presenting with symptoms suggestive of Dhat syndrome. SL J Psychiatry 2023; 14(1): 50-52. https://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v14i1.8409
  • Y M Rohanachandra, P S Alles, L Amarakoon, S Prathapan. Psychological impact and coping strategies of medical students during university closure due to COVID-19 in a state university in Sri Lanka. SL J Psychiatry 2021; 12(2): 4-9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v12i2.8287
  • Amarakoon LU, Ruwanpriya S, Kisely S, George M. Baseline prolactin monitoring in patients admitted to a specialized psychogeriatric unit. Indian Psychiatry J 2022; 64:326-8. DOI: 10.4103/indianjpsychiatry.indianjpsychiatry_956_21
  • Kathriarachchi ST, Seneviratne VL, Amarakoon L: Development of mental health care in Sri Lanka: Lessons learned. Taiwan J Psychiatry 2019; 33: 55-65. DOI: 10.4103/TPSY.TPSY_15_19

Other Scientific Communications

  • L Amarakoon, Y M Rohanachandra, P S Alles, S Prathapan An online survey on the psychological impact of COVID-19 on the general population in Sri Lanka. Oral presentation at the International Conference of Health Research 2021 (held online), Turkey.
  • Y M Rohanachandra, P S Alles, L Amarakoon, S Prathapan. Psychological impact and coping strategies of medical students during university closure due to COVID-19 in a state university in Sri Lanka. SL J Psychiatry 2021; 12(2): 4-9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v12i2.8287
  • P S Alles, Y M Rohanachandra, L Amarakoon, S Prathapan. Psychological distress, challenges and perceived needs among doctors and nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka. SL J Psychiatry 2021; 12(1): 4-10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v12i1.8279
  • Amarakoon DLU, Seneviratne RMAVL, Senaviratne Alles SMDP, Lavanya A, Joganathan. A descriptive study on the pattern of presentations and the patients’ perspective during the initial liaison contact in a tertiary care hospital. This abstract was accepted for the 16th annual academic sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, held in October 2019.
  • Gunarathna LHMTM, Amarakoon DLU. The association between sleep quality and academic performance among the undergraduates of Faculty of Applied Sciences of University of Sri Jayewardenepura – I supervised this research of an undergraduate nursing trainee. This abstract is accepted for the 16th annual academic sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, held in October 2019.
  • Kathriarachchi ST, Amarakoon DLU, Jayaratne K, Rajapakse T, Amarabandu HGI. Analysis of maternal suicides in Sri Lanka using newly developed, Psychological Autopsy tool for Maternal Suicide (PAMS). 7th World Congress of Asian Psychiatry, Australia 2019
  • WimalarathneI, Amarakoon DLU, Kathriarachchi ST, Wickramasinghe BAM, Menkes DB, Mellsop G. A cross cultural comparison of general hospital specialists’ attitudes towards management of psychological or psychiatric problems. 15th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, 2018 and 131st Anniversary International Medical Congress, Sri Lanka Medical Association 2018
  • Amarakoon DLU, Kathriarachchi ST, De Silva J, An audit on antipsychotic use in a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka. 15th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, 2018
  • Abeyweera CA, Sandarenu WWIP, Gunawardana ULA, Dissanayake PGI, Amarakoon DLU, Kathriarachchi ST, De Silva J. An audit on the pattern of admissions among patients admitted to an inpatient facility of a Teaching Hospital. 15th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, 2018
  • Amarakoon DLU, Hapuarchchi RB, Ratnatunga SS, Yasira DP, Gunathilake IAGMP, Fonseka TPM, Sirisena KDS, Narangammana NVGSN, Adikaram RD, Neththasingha NMPJ, De Silva V. Pattern of presentation of psychotic and affective psychiatric disorders and their follow up in a tertiary care centre in Sri Lanka – Won ‘the best poster’ at annual academic sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists in 2017
  • Hapuarchchi RB, Dayabandara LRM, Ratnatunga SS, Yasira DP, Gunathilake IAGMP, Fonseka TPM, Amarakoon DLU, Sirisena KDS, Narangammana NVGSN, Adikaram RD, Neththasingha NMPJ. Awareness of side effects, drug compliance and adherence to hematological monitoring of clozapine: Findings from a specialized clozapine clinic in National Hospital of Sri Lanka. 14th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, 2017
  • Adikaram DRS, Ariyananda D, Wijesinghe RD, Karunarathne K, Hapuarchchi RB, Dayabandara LRM, Ratnatunga SS, Yasira DP, Gunathilake IAGMP, Fonseka TPM, Amarakoon DLU, Sirisena KDS, Narangammana NVGSN, , Neththasingha NMPJ. Demographic and clinical characteristics of antenatal postpartum referrals to the consultation liaison unit of the university psychiatry unit of National Hospital of Sri Lanka. 14th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, 2017
  • Narangammana NVGSN, Dayabandara LRM, Yasira DP, Gunathilake IAGMP, Fonseka TPM, Amarakoon DLU. Patterns of self-harm and psychiatric morbidity of patients presenting with deliberate self –harm to the university psychiatry unit of National Hospital of Sri Lanka. 14th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, 2017
  • Sirisena KDS, de Silva V, Adikaram DRS, Hapuarchchi RB, Ratnatunga SS, Gunathilake IAGMP, Fonseka TPM, Amarakoon DLU, , Narangammana NVGSN, , Neththasingha NMPJ. Social functioning in patients started on clozapine in relation to the critical period. 14th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, 2017
  • Fonseka TPM, Sirisena KDS, Adikaram DRS, Hapuarchchi RB, Ratnatunga SS, Gunathilake IAGMP, Amarakoon DLU, , Narangammana NVGSN, , Neththasingha NMPJ, Hanwella R. Prevalence and association of metabolic syndrome among patients attending an outpatient clozapine clinic in Sri Lanka. 14th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, 2017
  • Gunathilake IAGMP, Fonseka TPM, Sirisena KDS, Adikaram DRS, Hapuarchchi RB, Ratnatunga SS, Yasira DP, Amarakoon DLU, , Narangammana NVGSN, , Neththasingha NMPJ, Hanwella R. Psychiatric comorbidities in a cohort of patients presenting with medically unexplained symptoms to a tertiary care psychiatry unit in Sri Lanka. 14th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, 2017
  • Neththasingha NMPJ, Dayabandara LRM, Wanigasundara WMUBB, Hapuarchchi RB, Gunathilake IAGMP, Fonseka TPM, Amarakoon DLU, Sirisena KDS, Narangammana NVGSN, Adikaram RD, Karunarathne KM. Attitudes towards psychiatry among doctors in general medical and surgical and psychiatry wards at National Hospital of Sri Lanka. 14th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, 2017
  • Faleel A, Amarakoon P, Kumarasena DLU, Dissanayake M, Abeygunathilake, Withana C, Kodithuwakku M, Gunasekara R, Fernando R, Buddhika G, Mapalagama S, Pathirana A, Prathapan s. Assessment of knowledge in preventive methods and first aid practices of snake bites among people in Anuradhapura District. 50th Anniversary Academic sessions, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 2009
  • Kumarasena DLU, Rathnamali BGA, Geeganage PA, Palliyaguruge RW, Rubakan BAD, Jayasundara JASB, De Silva. Comparison of Post-operative pain and early complications following open hemorrhoidectomy and trans anal haemorrhoidal dearterialization. 42nd Annual Academic Sessions of the college of surgeons Sri Lanka, 2013
  • JASB Jayasundara, Rubakan BAD, Kumarasena DLU, De Silva A. Initial experience of sentinel lymph node biopsy with methylene blue injection technique for breast cancer. 42nd Annual Academic Sessions of the college of surgeons Sri Lanka, 2013
  • Kumarasena DLU, Piranavan P, Bandara KMS, Pubudu WPG, Rubakan BAD, Prasath S, Gobishagar S, Jayasundara JASB, De Silva A. An audit on one year follow up after transanal haemorrhidal dearterialisation. 42nd Annual Academic Sessions of the college of surgeons Sri Lanka, 2013
  • Rubakan BAD, Kumarasena DLU, Rathnamali BGA, Jayasinghe PA, Jayasundara JASB, De Silva A. Surgeons have to treat dengue fever when it presents as acute abdomen. 4ht PGIM Academic sessions, 2013.
  • Rubakan BAD, Kumarasena DLU, Rathnamali BGA, Jayasinghe PA, Piranavan P, Bandara KMS, Pubudu WPG, Geeganage PA, Palliyaguruge RW, Jayasundara JASB, De Silva A. Post-Surgical Complications: can we deny the harsh truth. 42nd Annual Academic Sessions of the college of surgeons Sri Lanka, 2013

Other Faculties of University of Sri Jayewardenepura

  • Faculty of Allied Health Sciences
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