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Dr Knipe is a mental health epidemiologist with an interest in life course risk factors for suicide and self-harm. Her work has explored the social determinants of mental ill health and has looked at the impact of national policies in reducing suicide deaths. Her work has primarily been in low and middle income countries. She has received two awards by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the Andrej Marusic and De Leo Fund award for her suicide prevention work. 

Research interests

Dr Duleeka (Dee) Knipe is an epidemiologist with an interest in suicide and self-harm in low and middle income countries. She was funded on a Wellcome Trust doctoral fellowship to investigate the socioeconomic risk factors for suicidal behaviour in Sri Lanka at the University of Bristol. Her current work continues her work on the Wellcome trust funded large randomised controlled trial into the Safer Storage of pesticides as a means of suicide prevention. 

She was awarded an ESRC fellowship to help translate her research findings into policy and practice, and has subsequently secured an Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Vice Chancellor's research fellowship to investigate the mental health consequences of parental emigration from Sri Lanka and the Philippines on children left behind in the country of origin. She has also received MRC pathfinder funding to explore the association between childhood adversity, domestic violence and self-harm in Sri Lanka.  

Her background prior to starting her doctoral studies was in pathology and microbiology and public health. 

External positions

Steering committee member for the National Suicide Prevention Alliance, National Suicide Prevention Alliance

1 Dec 2022 → …

Steering Committee Member, Migration Health and Development Research Initiative

2018 → …

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Covid19
  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Sri Lanka
  • Bristol Population Health Science Institute
  • Suicide and self-harm
  • LMIC
  • Sri Lanka


  • migration and health


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