Dr Cerisse Gunasinghe is a postdoctoral researcher and Counselling Psychologist in the Department of Psychological Medicine, IoPPN at King’s College London and is project co-ordinator for the HYPE (improving the Health of Young PeoplE) Project. The HYPE Project is a web-based recruitment, risk assessment and resource platform for young adults (aged 16 and over) that will facilitate young people’s involvement in research and improve access to online and community-based social and health-related resources.
Cerisse’s work is underpinned by a holistic model of care, and an appreciation of the impact of societal and cultural practices on individual experiences. Cerisse’s research interests focus on reducing barriers to social and psychological support and educating community populations to help early identification and treatment of mental and physical health difficulties.
Cerisse’s clinical experience includes working within the Probation; National Affective Disorders; Primary and Secondary Care Mental Health and Sleep Disorders services.
Cerisse joined King’s as a placement student in 2002 and was employed as a Research Worker in 2004.
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology: University of East London
MSc in Health Psychology: Middlesex University
BSc in Psychology & Diploma in Occupational Studies: Middlesex University
- Young adult mental health
- Health inequalities
- Interface between physical and mental health
- Sleep and affective disorders
- Culturally sensitive approaches to health services
- Accumulative stressors and mental health over the life course
- MSc Affective Disorders and MSc Clinical Neuropsychiatry programmes: Introduction to Qualitative Research
- IMPARTS Mental Health Skills for Non-Mental Health Professionals: Persistent Physical Symptoms
- MSc Mental Health Studies – Research Project Supervisor
- BSc Psychology – Research Project Supervisor
Expertise and public engagement
Cerisse is a co-lead of the Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON), a public engagement network that promotes collaborative community approaches to knowledge dissemination, action and youth outreach. The range of engagement activities can be found on the Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON) website. Follow Heron on Twitter.
Cerisse has taken part in the following panel discussions:
- Our City Together: how culture, collaboration and creativity can support Londoners wellbeing
- Academic Class Ceiling
- Money on the Mind
- Mental Health Support: is anybody there?
MCT Slof-Op 't Landt & Eating Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, 1 May 2018, In : Molecular Psychiatry. 23, 9 Research output: Contribution to journal - Comment/debate. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1038/mp.2017.202
Gunasinghe, C. M., Hatch, S. L. & Lawrence, J., 8 Oct 2018, In : Qualitative Health Research. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732318803094
Hannon, E., Dempster, E., Burrage, J., Curtis, C., Gillespie, A., Dempster, D., Gunasinghe, C., Schalkwyk, L., Gaughran, F., Murray, R., Di Forti, M., Collier, D., Breen, G. & Mill, J., Oct 2017, In : European Neuropsychopharmacology. 27, p. S173-S173 Research output: Contribution to journal - Meeting Abstract
Gunasinghe, C., Gazard, B., Harber-Aschan, L., MacCrimmon, S., Hotopf, M. & Hatch, S. L., 10 Nov 2018, In : Journal of Mental Health. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2018.1487541
Huckins, L. M., Hatzikotoulas, K., Southam, L., Thornton, L. M., Steinberg, J., Aguilera-McKay, F., Treasure, J., Schmidt, U., Gunasinghe, C., Romero, A., Curtis, C., Rhodes, D., Moens, J., Kalsi, G., Dempster, D., Leung, R., Keohane, A., Burghardt, R., Ehrlich, S., Hebebrand, J. & 31 others, , 2018, In : Molecular Psychiatry. 23, 5, p. 1169-1180 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1038/mp.2017.88
Oh, G., Wang, S-C., Pal, M., Chen, Z. F., Khare, T., Tochigi, M., Ng, C., Yang, Y. A., Kwan, A., Kaminsky, Z. A., Mill, J., Gunasinghe, C., Tackett, J. L., Gottesman, I. I., Willemsen, G., de Geus, E. J. C., Vink, J. M., Slagboom, P. E., Wray, N. R., Heath, A. C. & 7 others, , 1 Feb 2015, In : Biological psychiatry. 77, 3, p. 246-255 10 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2014.06.016
Brunton, S., Gunasinghe, C., Jones, N., Kempton, M. J., Westman, E. & Simmons, A., 2014, In : International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 30, 5, p. 531-538 7 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1002/gps.4179
Huezo-Diaz, P., Perroud, N., Spencer, E. P., Smith, R., Sim, S., Virding, S., Uher, R., Gunasinghe, C., Gray, J., Campbell, D., Hauser, J., Maier, W., Marusic, A., Rietschel, M., Perez, J., Giovannini, C., Mors, O., Mendlewicz, J., McGuffin, P., Farmer, A. E. & 3 others, , Mar 2012, In : Journal of psychopharmacology (Oxford, England). 26, 3, p. 398-407 10 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/0269881111414451
Schosser, A., Gaysina, D., Cohen-Woods, S., Domenici, E., Perry, J., Tozzi, F., Korszun, A., Gunasinghe, C., Gray, J., Jones, L., Binder, E. B., Holsboer, F., Craddock, N., Owen, M. J., Craig, I. W., Farmer, A. E., Muglia, P. & McGuffin, P., Sep 2011, In : American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics. 156B, 6, p. 640 - 650 11 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1002/ajmg.b.31204
Rucker, J., Newman, S., Gray, J., Gunasinghe, C., Broadbent, M., Brittain, P., Baggaley, M., Denis, M., Turp, J., Stewart, R., Lovestone, S., Schumann, G., Farmer, A. & McGuffin, P., Aug 2011, In : British Journal of Psychiatry. 199, 2, p. 151 - 155 5 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.110.082925