The Team

Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana

Associate Professor
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Dr. Siriwardhana is the Principle Investigator for COMGAP-S and PREA projects. He has previously designed and lead two large-scale studies funded by the Wellcome Trust exploring prolonged forced displacement and mental health. His main research interests are epidemiology of mental disorders, migration mental health (forced migration due to conflict and economic migration), enhancing primary care, resilience research, and bioethics and disaster research ethics.

Ms. Shannon Doherty

PhD Candidate, Allied and Public Health
Research Assistant, GPHME Research Group

Anglia Ruskin University

Ms. Doherty is currently a PhD student conducting qualitative research exploring ethical challenges involved in conducting health research with people who have been trafficked for sexual and labour exploitation. She is also a research assistant managing COMGAP-S project activities in the UK and Sri Lanka. Her key areas of research interest are global mental health, migration health, public health and human trafficking.

Dr. Sapfo Lignou

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Anglia Ruskin University

Dr. Lignou is a post doctoral Research Fellow in Humanitarian Research Ethics and the Programme Coordinator for PREA. She has a background in Philosophy, Bioethics and Public Health Ethics. Her academic experience includes projects at UCL and KCL, a fellowship at LSHTM and a internship at the National Bioethics Commission of Greece. Dr. Lignou is an Associate Editor of Research Ethics and a member of the Research Ethics Panel in the Faculty of Medical Science. Research interests include the ethics of collaborative global health research, vulnerability and ethics of NIPT.

Mr. Fritz Jooste

Web Developer and Technology Consultant

Mr. Jooste is a freelance web developer and information designer who has worked with multiple South African and international organizations, including Bloomberg Philanthropies, SHM Foundation, Right2Know Campaign, Code for South Africa, Ndifuna Ukwazi and the SOS Coalition. His educational background is in global mental health, psychology and social anthropology. His main areas of expertise are web development, UX consulting and the interface between technology and mental health.

Dr. Anushka Adikari

Senior Research Associate
COMGAP-S Project

Dr. Adikari is currently the senior research associate for the COMGAP-S project, managing all field research and supervising research assistants. Dr. Adikari is a medical doctor by training with extensive experience conducting mental health and public health research projects. He was involved in a study funded by the International Organization of Migration examining the impact of spouse migration of left behind families. Dr. Adikari has considerable knowledge in fields of applied statistics, mental health, education research and migration health.

Ms. Giselle Dass

Research Associate and Project Administration Officer
COMGAP-S Project

Ms. Dass is currently a research associate and project administration officer for the COMGAP-S project. She is responsible for the overall efficient day-to-day management of the project in Sri Lanka. Ms. Dass has international experience working and conducting research on issues of child and adolescent mental health services. She also has experience working with the International Organization for Migration providing counselling and rehabilitation services for migrants as well as developing community infrastructure projects within Sri Lanka focusing on conflict-affected areas of the country.

Mr. Sivalingam Kirupakaran

Senior Fieldwork Associate
COMGAP-S Project

Mr. Kirupakaran is currently the senior fieldwork associate for the COMGAP-S project. He assists with data collection along with other research activities and supervises research assistants. Mr. Kirupakaran has research experience in areas of health sector resilience and applied sociology. He has also worked on projects in areas of social development, resettlement, and water and sanitation in emergency situations.