Researcher Profiles

Sepali Guruge, RN, PhD

Dr. Sepali Guruge obtained her education in Sri Lanka, the former Soviet Union, and Canada. She focused her doctoral dissertation in Nursing at the University of Toronto on the influence of gender, racial, social, and economic inequalities on the production of and responses to intimate male partner violence in the post-migration context. Her post-doctoral work at the University of Western Ontario examined the effects of intimate partner violence on women’s health. Both her doctoral and post-doctoral studies were supported by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowships.

Using a number of approaches, including social determinants of health, ecosystemic frameworks, and feminist theoretical perspectives, Dr. Guruge conducts research focused on immigrant women’s health. In particular, she examines violence against women throughout the migration process (i.e., pre-migration, border-crossing, and post-migration contexts). She also co-leads the Nursing Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at Ryerson University.

Vathsala Jayasuriya-Illesinghe, MBBS, MSc, MD

Dr. Vathsala Jayasuriya-Illesinghe is a Consultant Community Physician in Sri Lanka and a former senior lecturer in Community Medicine at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardene. Dr. Illesinghe has led/collaborated on a number of research projects focused on examine the prevalence, risk factors and responses to intimate partner violence against women and has received several awards/orations for her work in Sri Lanka. She served as the Chairperson of the Expert Committee on Women’s Health at the Sri Lanka Medical Association, as a mentor for the South Asian Network to Address Masculinities (SANAM) and has also worked with the WHO international network of Violence against Women (VAW) researchers.