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Dinithi is an Associate Professor in Child and Family Welfare at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. Dinithi has a background in developmental psychology, secondary data analyses and statistics. Prior to joining the University of Bristol in 2007, Dinithi was invited by UNICEF and the Ministry of Health of the Government of Sri Lanka to lead a study to adapt and standardise a developmental screening test, which established the first ever standardised developmental milestones for Sri Lankan children aged 0-6 years in Sri Lanka.
Dinithi has extensive experience of conducting research on children living in out-of-home care placements and of management and analyses of large datasets including Census microdata, longitudinal survey data and longitudinal national administrative data on children in care. She is one of the first academic researchers in the UK to be given access to all national-level, longitudinal administrative datasets on children in care, held by the Department for Education and the Welsh Government. Dinithi is an ONS approved researcher and a previous recipient of an ESRC Future Research Leaders Award.
Dinithi is currently leading three studies on mental health of children in State care in England.
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8121 Nuffield Foundation: Using linked administrative data to explore mental health service provision for children in State care in England. D Wijedasa
1/01/20 → 31/12/23
Project: Research, Parent
MH-CAT: A longitudinal survey of the mental health of children in State Care inEngland through the COVID-19 pandemic.
5/11/20 → 31/05/23
3/01/19 → 28/07/23
Wijedasa, D. N., Yoon, Y., Schmits, F., Harding, S. & Hahn, R., 23 Mar 2022, University of Bristol. 45 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other reportOpen AccessFile957 Downloads (Pure)
Assessment of Parental Capacity to Change where Children may be At Risk of Harm: Evaluation of the C-Change pilot projectPlatt, D., Riches, K. A., Wijedasa, D. N. & Wood, M., 1 Oct 2020, In: Children and Youth Services Review. 117, 11 p., 105265.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile88 Downloads (Pure)
Early life adversity, contact with children's social care services and educational outcomes at age 16 years: UK birth cohort study with linkage to national administrative recordsTeyhan, A., Boyd, A., Wijedasa, D. & MacLeod, J., 7 Oct 2019, In: BMJ Open. 9, 10, 9 p., e030213.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Citations (Scopus)236 Downloads (Pure)
Dinithi Nisanka Wijedasa (Member)Jun 2019 → …
Activity: Membership types › Advisory work for/on national or international committee or working group