Dr Charini Gunaratne

Biography

Charini commenced as an ACAP lecturer in 2018. Her prior lecturing roles were at Charles Sturt University from 2013 to 2017 in its School of Psychology where she was also the First Year Subject Convenor for two years.

Charini completed her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Astrophysics) at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, USA and completed her PhD at Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria. While at Deakin, Charini held teaching roles in the School of Psychology, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, and Institute of Koorie Education. Charini was also a part of the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index research team at Deakin for a number of years. 

Research Expertise

  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Resilience 
  • Psychological well-being
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • University engagement
  • First-year university experience
  • Sri Lankan mental health

Grants and Research Funding

2013 Gunaratne (CI) Evaluating the Effectiveness of Peer Mentorship in Undergraduate Psychology to enhance the Student Experience. The Faculty of Arts, Charles Sturt University Compact Grant, $4995.

Research Supervision

  • Current PhD candidates under supervision: 2
  • Current Bachelor of Psychology (Honours candidates under supervision: 2
  • Completed Master of Psychology (Clinical) Dissertation Supervision: 1
  • Completed Honours Dissertation Supervision: 8
  • Completed Postgraduate Diploma Dissertation Supervision: 6

Research & Scholarships

Publications

  • Gunaratne, C., Kremer, P., Clarke, V., & Lewis, A. J.  (2014). Trauma-related symptoms in Sri Lankan adult survivors after the tsunami: Pretraumatic and peritraumatic factors. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 26(4), 425-34.
  • Gunaratne, C., Kremer, P., Clarke, V., & Lewis, A. J.  (2013). Trauma-related symptoms in Sri Lankan child survivors after the tsunami: Pretraumatic and peritraumatic factors. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health.42, 192-99.
  • Saliba, A., Ovington, L., & Gunaratne, C. (2013). Why do people avoid wine? [Online]. Wine & Viticulture Journal, 28(5), 79-82.
  • Gunaratne, C., Lewis, A. J., & Kremer, P.  (In preparation).  Recovery and resilience following the Boxing Day tsunami: A qualitative study of Sri Lankan adult survivors.
  • Gunaratne, C., Kremer, P., & Lewis, A. J.  (In preparation). Recovery and resilience in Sri Lankan tsunami survivors: Case vignettes. 

Technical Reports

  • Cummins, Robert A., Woerner, Jacqui, Weinberg, Melissa, Collard, James, Hartley-Clark, Linda, Horfiniak, Krystine and Perera, Charini (2013) Australian Unity Wellbeing Index Survey 30.0 Part A: The report “social media, personal achievement and work”, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria
  • Cummins, Robert A., Woerner, Jacqui, Weinberg, Melissa, Collard, James, Hartley-Clark, Linda, Horfiniak, Krystine and Perera, Charini (2013) Australian Unity Wellbeing Index Survey 29.0 Part A: The report “two extra hours, mothers and mothers-in-law”, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria
  • Cummins, Robert A., Woerner, Jacqui, Weinberg, Melissa, Collard, James, Hartley-Clark, Linda, Perera, Charini and Horfiniak, Krystine (2012) Australian Unity Wellbeing Index Survey 28.0 Part A: The report “the wellbeing of Australians – the impact of marriage”, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria
  • Cummins, Robert A., Woerner, Jacqui, Weinberg, Melissa, Collard, James, Hartley-Clark, Linda, Perera, Charini and Horfiniak, Krystine (2012) Australian Unity Wellbeing Index Survey 27.0 Part A: The report “the wellbeing of Australians - quantity and quality of sleep”, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria
  • Cummins, Robert A., Schafer, Maritza, Woerner, Jacqui, Hartley-Clark, Linda, Perera, Charini, Collard, James and Horfiniak, Krystine (2011) Australian Unity Wellbeing Index Survey 26.0 Part A: The report "the wellbeing of Australians - chronic health”, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic.
  • Cummins, Robert A., Woerner, Jacqui, Hartley-Clark, Linda, Perera, Charini, Gibson-Prosser, Adele, Collard, James and Horfiniak, Krystine (2011) Australian Unity Wellbeing Index Survey 25.0 Part A: The report "the wellbeing of Australians - relationships and the internet", Deakin University, Geelong, Vic.
  • Cummins, Robert A., Woerner, Jacqui, Weinberg, Melissa, Perera, Charini, Gibson, Adele, Collard, James and Horfiniak, Krystine (2010) Australian Unity Wellbeing Index Survey 24.0 Part A: The report "the wellbeing of Australians – trust, life better/worse and climate change” Part B: The tables, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic.
  • Cummins, Robert A., Gibson-Prosser, Adele, Weinberg, Melissa, Perera, Charini and Woerner, Jacqui (2010) Australian Unity Wellbeing Index Survey 23.1 Part A: The report "marginal and safe seat electorates" Part B: The tables, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic.
  • Cummins, Robert A., Woerner, Jacqui, Weinberg, Melissa, Perera, Charini, Gibson, Adele, Collard, James and Horfiniak, Krystine (2010) Australian Unity Wellbeing Index Survey 23.0 Part A: The report "the wellbeing of Australians – life better/worse, children and neighbourhood” Part B: The tables, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic.
  • Cummins, Robert A., Collard, James, Woerner, Jacqui, Weinberg, Melissa, Lorbergs, Markus and Perera, Charini (2009) Australian Unity Wellbeing Index Survey 22: Report 22.0. The wellbeing of Australians - who makes the decisions, health/wealth control, financial advice, and handedness. Part A: The report, Part B: Appended tables, School of Psychology, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic.  

Book Chapters

Gunaratne, C. (2018). Motivation and Emotion. In Passer & Smith (Eds) Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour (3rd edition), McGraw-Hill Education, Sydney. (in publication).  

Conferences and Presentations

  • Gunaratne, C [Presenter]., Kremer, P., & Lewis, A. J. A qualitative evaluation of recovery and resilience in Sri Lankan adult survivors after the tsunami: Familial and socio-cultural influences. Oral presentation at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA, November 7-9, 2013.
  • Gunaratne, C [Presenter]., Kremer, P., Clarke, V., & Lewis, A. J. Trauma-related symptoms in Sri Lankan adult survivors after the tsunami: Pretraumatic and peritraumatic Factors. Oral  presentation at the International Conference on Global Health and Public Education, Hong Kong, October 25-27, 2011.
  • Gunaratne, C “The Applicability of a Western-based Model of Trauma to a Collectivist Culture through the Evaluation of the Sri Lankan Tsunami.” Deakin University, School of Psychology, Colloquium Program, Geelong, 19th May 2011.
  • Gunaratne, C “The Applicability of a Western-based Model of Trauma to a Collectivist Culture through the Evaluation of the Sri Lankan Tsunami.” Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, University of Melbourne, 31st March 2011.

Awards

2011:
Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Research Award (3rd Prize)

2005/2006:
Membership to the Sigma Xi (Scientific Research) Honour Society

2003:
Dean’s list (Spring Semester)

2001 – 2003:
Trustee Scholarship for outstanding Academic achievement