Department of Nursing

Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

Dr. Malshani L.Pathirathna


Official Address :

Department of Nursing,
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences,
University of Peradeniya,
Augusta Hill, Sri Amarawansa Mawatha
Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka


Email :

malshanilakshika@ahs.pdn.ac.lk


Telephone :

+94-81-2388820




  • PhD in Nursing – Graduate School of Health Sciences, Niigata University, Japan (2018)
  • M.Sc in Bio Statistics – Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya (2014)
  • B.Sc in Nursing- Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya (2011)

  • Staff nurse - Maternity ward, Hemas Hospitals Pvt Ltd, Wattala
  • Lecturer – Department of Nursing, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya (From December 2012 – up to date)

  • Research Assistant- Graduate School of Health Sciences, Niigata University, Japan (April 2015 to March 2018)

  • Teaching Assistant- Graduate School of Health Sciences, Niigata University, Japan (April 2015 to March 2018)

  • Temporary Lecturer – Department of Nursing, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya (2012)

  • Temporary Demonstrator- Department of Nursing, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya (2011 - 2012)

  • Implementation coordinator, Sri Lanka: Evaluation study of the WHO Multi-Professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide

    Membership

  • Registered Nurse- Sri Lanka Nursing Council


  • Awards

  • Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship for Doctoral Program 2015 (Full Scholarship )
  • Outstanding Research Award 2017- Graduate School of Health Sciences, Niigata University Japan.
  • Breast feeding
  • Low birth weight deliveries
  • Midwifery nursing
  • Child health nursing
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    Journal articles

  • Pathirathna, M.L.,Abeywickrama, H.M., Sekijima, K., Sadakata, M., Fujiwara, N., Muramatsu, Y., Wimalasiri, K.M.S., Jayawardene, U., &de Silva, D. (2018). Anemia during pregnancy and neonatal birth weight: Comparison of maternal dietary intake in Sri Lanka. Journal of Health Sciences of Niigata University. 15(1)

  • Pathirathna, M.L.,Abeywickrama, H.M., Sekijima, K., Sadakata, M., Fujiwara, N., Muramatsu, Y., Wimalasiri, K.M.S., Jayawardene, U., de Silva, D., &Dematawewa, C.M.B. (2017). Effects of prenatal tobacco and wood-fuel smoke exposure on birth weight in Sri Lanka. Healthcare (Basel). 5 (4), 64:1-64:10.

  • Pathirathna, M.L., Sekijima, K., Sadakata, M., Fujiwara, N., Muramatsu, Y., &Wimalasiri, K.M.S. (2017). Impact of Second Trimester Maternal Dietary Intake on Gestational Weight Gain and Neonatal Birth Weight.Nutrients. 9(6), 627:1-627:12

  • Pathirathna, M.L.,Abeywickrama, H.M., RuwanPathiranage, N.R., Dissanayake, J., Sekijima, K., Sadakata, M., Fujiwara, N., Muramatsu, Y., Wimalasiri, K.M.S. (2017). Effects of parity on neonatal birth weight: A descriptive cross sectional study. Sri Lanka Bulletin of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.2(2): 19-26

  • Jayasingha R.M., Thilakumara I.P., Pathirathna M.L.,Kularatne S., Jayasinghe R.D., Effect of tooth loss and denture status on oral health related quality of life of institutionalized older individuals in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Dental Journal, Volume 47 (02), April 2017, p 17-22

  • Pathirathna M.L. and Abeywickrama H.M. Learning style preferences of nursing students at University of Peradeniya: utilizing the VAK questionnaire, Sri Lanka Bulletin of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Volume2 (1), September 2016, ISSN-1800-4318

  • Pathirathna M.L. Exclusive Breast Feeding Practice in Gangawatakoralaya MOH area- Sri Lanka ,International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Volume 4(2), , February 2014, ISSN 2250-3153

  • Pathirathna M.L. and Dematawewa C.M.B. Effect of Mode of Feeding on Infant Weight Gain during First Six Months of Life, International Journal of Maternal and Child Health, 2014, 2(2):67-73



  • Conference papers

  • Pathirathna, M.L.,Abeywickrama, H.M., Dissanayake, J., Sekijima, K., Sadakata, M., Jayawardene, U., &Fujiwara, N. (2015). Effect of Pre-pregnancy Body Mass Index and Gestational Weight Gain on Birth Weight in a Teaching Hospital Sri Lanka. Proceedings of Third International Conference on Asian Studies 2015, Niigata, Japan-21st June 2015 (Full paper)

  • Pathirathna, M.L., Abeywickrama, H.M., Sekijima, K., Sadakata, M., Fujiwara, N., Muramatsu, Y, Wimalasiri, K.M.,Jayawardene, U., de Silva, D., &Naeem ,N.I.M. (2017). Effects of prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke and wood fuel smoke on birth weight in Sri Lanka. 4th World Congress on Midwifery and Women`s Health, Melbourne, Australia- 20-22 July 2017.

  • Pathirathna, M.L., Abeywickrama, H.M., Dissanayake, J., Sekijima, K., Sadakata, M., Jayawardene, U.,& Fujiwara, N.(2015). Effect of Pre-pregnancy Body Mass Index and Gestational Weight Gain on Birth Weight in a Teaching Hospital Sri Lanka. Third International Conference on Asian Studies 2015, Niigata, Japan-21st June 2015.

  • Jayasingha R.M., Thilakumara I.P., Pathirathna M.L.,Kularatne S., Jayasinghe R.D., Effect of tooth loss and denture status on oral health related quality of life of institutionalized older individuals in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Dental Journal, ISSN 1391-07280, Volume 43, April 2013, p 47

  • Thilakumara I.P ., Jayasingha R.M., Pathirathna M.L., Kularatne S., Jayasinghe R.D., "Effect of denture status on oral health related quality of life of institutionalized older individuals in Sri Lanka", PURSE, Volume 17, July 2013, p 115



  • Poster Presentations (with proceeding abstracts)

  • Pathirathna, M.L., Abeywickrama, H.M., Dissanayake, J., Jayawardene, U., Sekijima, K., &Sadakata, M. (2015). Factors Associated With Low Birth Weight Deliveries at Teaching Hospital Kurunegala, Sri Lanka. ICM Asia Pacific Regional Conference, PACIFICO, Yokohama, Japan, 20-22July 2015.

  • Pathirathna, M.L., Sekijima, K., Nishikata, M., Isida, M., Sato, E., Sayama, M., Fujiwara, N., Sadakata, M., &Abeywickrama, H.M. (2015).Introduction to current situation of Low Birth Weight in Sri Lanka and Japan.ICM Asia Pacific Regional Conference, PACIFICO, Yokohama, Japan, 20-22July 2015.

  • Pathirathna M.L. and Kumarasiri P.V.R, Prevalence of dyspepsia and associated factors among undergraduates of the University of Peradeniya, PURSE, Volume 17, July 2013, p 283