ACADEMICS

  • Champika K. Soysa 

    Contact Information
    Office: Sullivan 241G
    Phone: 508-929-8703
    Email: csoysa@worcester.edu

    Education
    B.A., Mount Holyoke College
    M.A., Ph.D., Clark University
     Champika Soysa Portrait

    Area of Specialization/Academic Interests
    My main research interests are in clinical psychology and diversity issues (e.g. race, class, gender, nationality, culture, and sexuality). My own research is on cultural features of posttraumatic stress responses to collective trauma such as war and natural disaster. I engage in undergraduate research with both honors and independent study students, examining the correlates of stress, depression, anxiety, social networking, college adjustment, and other psychological outcomes. More recently, my research collaborations with students have included the investigation of positive influences on our mental states, such as mindfulness.

    Bio and/or Professional Highlights
    • Boston Consortium on Gender and Security (April 2011). Women in the Sri Lankan War and Peace-Building Processes.
    • Aaron Beck Institute for the Study of Cognitive Psychology, Assumption College (May 2011): Disaster and Mental Health.
    • Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, Jamaica Plain, Grand Rounds (February, 2010). Haiti 2010 Earthquake: Issues and Interventions in Massachusetts.
    • Commencement Speaker 2006: Worcester State College
    • American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies: Research Mentorship Grant (2006)