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 Perceptions of successful aging in Sri Lankan older people: Perera B, Watt M, Østbye T, Rajapakse H, Ranabahu S, Maselko J. a qualitative study. Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics 2015; 10(1): 1-9.

Exploring the factors that influence the perceptions of disability: a qualitative study of mothers of children with disabilities at a community-based rehabilitation centre in Sri Lanka. Michel D. Landry, Sudha R. Raman, Elise Harris, Layla Madison, Meera Parekh, Cecile Banks, Huda Bhatti, Champa Wijesinghe, 2015.  WHO South East Asia Journal of Public Health, 4 (2): 150-158.

Factors associated with caregiver burden among caregivers of children with cerebral palsy in Sri Lanka. Wijesinghe CJ, Cunningham N, Fonseka P, Hewage CG, Østbye T.  Asia- Pacific Journal of Public Health 2015; 27(1): 85-95. doi: 10.1177/ 1010539514548756

The Contribution of Generative Leisure Activities to Cognitive Function among Sri Lankan Elderly; Joanna Maselko, Sebranek M, Hodzic Mun, M, Perera, B et al (2014). Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Correlates of Hand Grip Strength and Activities of Daily Living in Elderly Sri Lankans, Ugochi U, Maselko J, Malhotra R, Perera, B et al (2014).  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Association of Frequency of Religious Activities, Self-Rated Physical and Mental Health: Findings from a Population-based Study in Sri Lanka, Pamela J. Buck, Truls Østbye, Clive J. Robins, Bilesha Perera, Joanna Maselko (2014). Religion and Health.

Ideals of and barriers to successful aging: a qualitative study of Sri Lankan older people, Perera, B, Melissa Watt, Truls Østbye, et al (2014).  Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Perceptions of Mothers of Children with Disabilities. Mike Landry, Champa Wijesinghe. in 2013.

 Factors associated with caregiver burden among caregivers of children with cerebral palsy in Sri Lanka; Natasha Cunningham, Champa Wijesinghe, Truls Ostbye. in 2013.

Use of and attitudes toward tobacco and alcohol among adults in southern Sri Lanka, Sarah Lombardo, Bilesha Perera, Lauren Beaudry, et al (2013)  South Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health,44 (5), 880-89.

 Care-giving expectations and challenges among elders and their adult children in Southern Sri Lanka, Melissa Watt, Bilesha Perera, Truls Østbye, (2013Aging and Society.

Care-giving expectations and challenges among elders and their adult children in Southern Sri Lanka. Watt MH, Perera B, Ostbye T, Ranabahu S, Rajapakse H, Maselko J. Ageing and Society, March 2013, pp 1-21 available on CJO2013. doi:10.1017/S0144686X12001365.

Factors associated with sexual behavior among Sri Lankan adolescents. Fernando N, Perera B, Fernando N, Gunawardana M, Østbye T.  Galle Medical Journal.2009; 14(1): 39-44

Neighborhood Environment and Self-Rated Health among Adults in Southern Sri Lanka. Perera B, Østbye T, Jayawardana C. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2009, 6(8), 2102-2112.

 Prevalence and correlates of physical and emotional abuse among late adolescents.Perera B, Østbye T, Ariyananda PL, Lelwala E. Ceylon Medical Journal 2009; 54(1): 10-15.

 Prevalence and correlates of sexual abuse reported by late adolescent school children in Sri Lanka. Perera B, Østbye T. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health 2009; 21(2): 203-211

 The impact of the Tsunami on hospitalizations of the tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka’s southern province. Østbye T, Ponnamperuma T, Fernando N, Abeygunawardena V, Wijayasiri WAA, Chen JC, Woods CW. American Journal of Disaster Medicine 2008; 3(3): 147-156

Health and health behavior among late adolescents in Southern Sri Lanka. Perera B, Østbye T, Fernando N, Abeygunawardena V, Ariyananda PL, Woods C.  Galle Medical Journal 2007; 12 (1): 13-17.


Abstracts, Posters and Oral Presentations

Correlates of cognitive impairment among the Sri Lankan elderly” Perera B, Nayana Fernando, Bimba Wickramarachchi et al.(201412th Global Conference on Aging, 10-13 June 2014, Hyderabad, India (oral presentation).

Prevalence of and factors associated with non-communicable diseases in the elderly in Sri Lanka” Perera B, Nayana Fernando, Bimba Wickramarachchi et al, 12th Global Conference on Aging, 10-13 June 2014Hyderabad, India (oral presentation).

Successful Aging: A Qualitative Study from Sri Lanka” Bilesha Perera – International Union for Health Promotion and Education, Thailand, 25-29 August 2013 –

Perceptions and beliefs of elders and caregivers surrounding depression in the elderly in Southern Sri Lanka” Harshinie Rajapakse –  – Sri Lankan College of Psychiatrists Annual Academic Sessions, Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 2012.

Caregiving expectations and challenges among elders and their adult children in Southern Sri Lanka. Melissa Watt, PhD, Bilesha Perera, PhD, Truls Ostbye, MD, PhD, Harshini Rajapakse, MD, PhD, Shyama Ranabahu, MPhil and Joanna Maselko, PhD. APHA 2012 Annual Meeting, San Francisco. October 27-31, 2012

Motivators and De-motivators of Smoking Behavior among Sri Lankans. Perera B, Ostbye T. Poster presentation for the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health 2012, 20-24 March 2012, Singapore.

Perceived Social support, distress, and suicidal ideation among elders in Sri Lanka. Perera B, Ranabahu S, Wickramarachchi B, Ostbye T, Maselko J. International Congress on gerontology and Geriatric Medicine 2012, New Delhi, India, 27-29 February 2012.

Use of and Attitudes Toward Tobacco and Alcohol Among Adults in Southern Sri Lanka.  S Lombardo, L Beaudry, J Grad, B Perera, J Maselko, & Truls Østbye. Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC), 2011 Global Health Conference: Advancing Health in the 21st Century, Montreal, Nov 13-15, 2011.