Nuwan Jayawickreme

Assistant Professor

Psychology

Education

  • PHD, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Gettysburg College

Courses Taught

PSYC 151 The Spoils of War (First Year Seminar)

PSYC 153 Psychological Trauma (First Year Seminar)

PSYC 205 Statistics

PSYC 302 Psychological Testing

PSYC 315 Research Methods

PSYC 348 Cultural Psychology

 

  • Research

    My research interests include post-traumatic stress disorder, cultural variations in the experience and expression of psychopathology, and psychological well-being in populations affected by war.

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Publications

    Jayawickreme, E., Jayawickreme, N., Zachry, C., & Goonasekera, M.A. (in press). The importance of positive need fulfillment: Evidence from a sample of war-affected Sri Lankans. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

    Jayawickreme, N, Mootoo, C., Fountain, C., Rasmussen, A., Jayawickreme, E., & Bertuccio, R. (2017). Post-Conflict Struggles as Networks of Problems: A Network Analysis of Trauma, Daily Stressors and Psychological Distress Among Sri Lankan War Survivors. Social Science and Medicine, 190, 119-132.

    Jayawickreme, N., Verkuilen, J., Jayawickreme, E., Acosta, K., & Foa, E.B. (2017).  Measuring depression in a non-Western war-affected displaced population:  Measurement equivalence of the Beck Depression Inventory.  Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1670. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01670

    Blackie, L. E. R., Jayawickreme, E., Forgeard, M. J. C., & Jayawickreme, N. (2015).  The protective function of personal growth initiative among a genocide-affected population in Rwanda. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 7, 333-339.

    McLean, C. P., Morris, S. H., Conklin, P., Jayawickreme, N., & Foa, E. B. (2014). Trauma characteristics and posttraumatic stress disorder among adolescent survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Family Violence, 29, 559-566.

    Jayawickreme, N., Cahill, S. P., Riggs, D. S., Rauch, S. A. M., Resick, P. A., Rothbaum, B. O., & Foa, E. B. (2014).  Primum Non Nocere (first do no harm): Symptom worsening and improvement in female assault victims after prolonged exposure for PTSD.  Depression and Anxiety, 31, 412-419.

    Lacasse, J. J., Forgeard, M. J. C., Jayawickreme, N., & Jayawickreme, E. (2014). The factor structure of the CES-D in a sample of Rwandan genocide survivors. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 49, 459-465.

    Jayawickreme, N., Jayawickreme, E., & Foa, E. B. (2013). Using the individualism-collectivism construct to understand cultural differences in posttraumatic stress disorder. In K. M. Gow and M. J. Celinski (Eds.), Mass trauma: Impact and recovery issues (pp. 55-76). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

    Jayawickreme, E., Jayawickreme, N., & Seligman, M.E.P. (2013). From trauma victims to survivors: The positive psychology of refugee mental health. In K. M. Gow and M. J. Celinski (Eds.), Mass trauma: Impact and recovery issues (pp. 313-330). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

    Jayawickreme, N., Jayawickreme, E., & Lacasse, J.J. (2012).  Psychopathology, psychosocial problems and post-traumatic growth in North-Eastern Sri Lanka: A quantitative analysis.  In D. Herath and K.T. Silva (Eds.), Healing the wounds: Rebuilding Sri Lanka after the war (pp. 130-166).  Colombo and Kandy, Sri Lanka: International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

    Jayawickreme, N., Jayawickreme, E., Atanasov, P., Goonasekera, M. A., & Foa, E. B. (2012). Are Culturally Specific Measures of Trauma-Related Anxiety and Depression Needed? The Case of Sri Lanka. Psychological Assessment, 24, 791-800.

    Jayawickreme, E., Jayawickreme, N., & Goonasekera, M.A. (2012). Using focus group methodology to adapt measurement scales and explore questions of well-being and mental health: The case of Sri Lanka. Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict, 10, 156-167.

    Williams, M., Jayawickreme, N., Sposato, R., & Foa, E. B. (2012). Race-specific associations between trauma cognitions and symptoms of alcohol dependence in individuals with comorbid PTSD and alcohol dependence. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 47-52.

    Jayawickreme, N., Yasinski, C., Williams, M., & Foa, E. B. (2012). Gender-specific associations between trauma cognitions, alcohol cravings, and alcohol-related consequences in individuals with comorbid PTSD and alcohol dependence. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 13-19.

    Jayawickreme, E., Jayawickreme, N., & Miller, E. (2010). Triumphalism, fear and humiliation: The psychological legacy of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, 3, 208-222.

    Jayawickreme, N., Jayawickreme, E., Goonesekara, M., & Foa, E. B. (2009). Distress, well-being and war: Qualitative analyses of civilian interviews from north-eastern Sri Lanka and validation of culturally- sensitive measures of well-being and distress. Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict, 7, 204-222.

    Jayawickreme, N., Jayawickreme, E., & Goonasekera, M. (2009). Distress, well-being and war: Qualitative analysis of civilian interviews from north-eastern Sri Lanka and validation of culturally-sensitive measures of well-being and distress. Well-Being and Development. Colombo, Sri Lanka: University of Colombo/ SPARC.

    Blank, M., & Jayawickreme, N. (2009). Fear circuitry disorders reconsidered: Review of “Stress-induced and fear circuitry disorders: Advancing the research agenda for DSM-V” by Dennis S. Charney, Paul. J. Sirovatka, Darrel A. Regier, & Gavin Andrews. PsycCritiques – Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 54.

    Golec de Zavala, A., Cichocka , A., Eidelson, R. J., & Jayawickreme, N. (2009). Collective narcissism as an individual difference variable and its social consequences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 1074-1096.

     

    Conference Paper Presentations

    Jayawickreme, N., Mootoo, C., Fountain, C., Jayawickreme, E, & Rasmussen, A. (2017, May). A network analysis approach to understanding the relationship between traumatic events, cultural constructs of distress and daily stressors in Displaced Sri Lankans. Oral symposium at the 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.  

    Jayawickreme, N., Jayawickreme, E., Acosta, K., Goonasekera, M. A., & Foa, E. B. (2016, May). Is Depression Characterized by Different Symptoms in Different Cultures? A Comparison of Two Traumatized Samples from the United States and Sri Lanka. Oral symposium session presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

    Jayawickreme, N., Kaiser, B., Kohrt, B., & Rasmussen, A. (2016, May). Cross-cultural instrument adaptation. Symposium presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, Minneapolis, MN.

    Jayawickreme, N. (2016, April). Context and Mental Health: Culture, Poverty, and Religion. Panel discussion at Global Mental Health: Transdisciplinary Perspectives, a research symposium organized by Georgetown University, Washington, DC. (Note: My comments at this event are mentioned in the conference proceedings for this event, published in the journal Global Mental Health (see page 3): Mendenhall, E. (2017): The Georgetown symposium on global mental health: Transdisciplinary perspectives, Global Public Health, DOI:10.1080/17441692.2016.1265138)

    Jayawickreme, N., Kaiser, B., Kohrt, B., Rasmussen, A., & Wutich, A. (2015). Cross-cultural instrument development and adaptation. Oral symposium presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, Providence, RI.

    Lacasse, J. J., Jayawickreme, N., & Jayawickreme, E. (2015, April).  The relationship between PTSD symptoms and perceived injustice and lack of security in survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.  Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, Providence, RI.

    Jayawickreme, N., Jayawickreme, E., & Goonesekara, M. (2013, November). Role of Life Problems in Explaining the Association Between Experienced Trauma and Mental Distress in Survivors of the Civil War in Sri Lanka. Paper session presented at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Philadelphia, PA.

    Jayawickreme, N., Jayawickreme, E., & Lacasse, J.J.  (2012, July).  Psychopathology, Psychosocial Problems and Post-traumatic Growth in North-Eastern Sri Lanka: A Quantitative Analysis. Paper session presented at “Healing the Wounds: Rebuilding Sri Lanka After the War,” a Conference organized by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

    Jayawickreme, N., Jayawickreme, E., Atanasov, P., Goonesekara, M., & Foa, E. B.  (2011, November). Do Measures of Distress Need to be Culturally Specific? The Example of Sri Lanka. Paper session presented at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Baltimore, MD.

    Jayawickreme, E., Jayawickreme, N., & Miller, E. (2010, March).  Triumphalism, fear and  humiliation: The psychological legacy of Sri Lanka’s civil war.  Paper session presented at the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism Graduate Workshop, Philadelphia, PA.

    Jayawickreme, E., Jayawickreme, N., & Goonesekara, M. (2009, September).  Well Being and War:Assessing Valued Capabilities Among War-Affected Populations in Sri Lanka.  Paper session presented at the Annual Meeting of the Human Development and Capability Association, Lima, Peru.

    Jayawickreme, N., Jayawickreme, E., Foa, E. B., Seligman, M. E. P., & Goonesekara, M.  (2009, April).  Culturally Valid Assessment Tools of Mental Health and Well-Being: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies. Paper session presented at “Wellbeing and Development in Sri Lanka,” a Conference organized by the Psychosocial Assessment of Development and Humanitarian Interventions (PADHI) Project, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

    Jayawickreme, N., Jayawickreme, E., Foa, E. B., Seligman, M. E. P., & Goonesekara, M.  (2008, November).  Distress, Well-Being and War: Qualitative Analysis of Civilian Interviews from North-East Sri Lanka. Paper session presented at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL.

  • Honors, Awards, and Grants

    Grants

    2017 and 2013;

    Summer Research Grant, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, $3000.00

    2008:

    APA Dissertation Research Award, Science Directorate, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, $3000.00

    2007-2008:

    Research Grant, The Asia Foundation’s “Reducing Incidences and Effects of Torture” (RESIST) program and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (Principal Investigator with Dr. Eranda Jayawickreme), $10, 750.00