Department of Psychology

Welcome to the Department of Psychology at KIU. Here, we embark on a journey of understanding the intricacies of the human mind and Behaviour, pushing the boundaries of knowledge in this dynamic field.

Our Mission

At the Department of Psychology, our mission is to foster an environment of intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and empirical inquiry. We are committed to advancing the science of psychology through cutting-edge research, innovative teaching methods, and community engagement.

Academic Excellence

Our dedicated faculty members are accomplished scholars and practitioners in various subfields of psychology, including clinical, cognitive, developmental, social, and more. Their expertise provides students with a comprehensive education that blends theory with practical application.

Research and Innovation

We are at the forefront of groundbreaking research in psychology. Our faculty and students collaborate on a wide range of projects that address fundamental questions about Human behaviour, cognition, and mental health. From experimental studies to applied research, our work contributes to the broader scientific community and has real-world implications.

Student-Centered Learning

We believe in a student-centered approach to education. Our small class sizes, accessible faculty, and personalized advising ensure that each student receives the support they need to excel academically and personally. We offer a range of courses designed to provide a solid foundation in psychology while allowing for specialization in areas of interest.

Community Engagement

Beyond the classroom, we are committed to engaging with our community. Our faculty and students actively participate in outreach programs, collaborate with local organizations, and contribute to initiatives that promote mental health and well-being.

Career Opportunities

A degree in psychology from KIU opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities. Our graduates go on to pursue successful careers in academia, research, clinical practice, counseling, human resources, marketing, and various other fields where understanding human behaviour is essential

Join Us

Whether you are a prospective student, a current member of our community, or a curious visitor, we invite you to explore our website and learn more about the Department of Psychology at KIU. Together, we are shaping the future of psychology through education, research, and service.


Academic Achievements

The academics of the Department of Psychology are engaged in a development oriented research project that won the World bank grant through the AHEAD project.

Publications of staff

Full articles

  1. Deva Adithiya L. M. D., Buddhini D. G. H., Hettiarachchi A. (2022) Comparison of the aggression levels between national level combat sports athletes and national level noncombat sports athletes. International Journal of KIU, 3(2), 64-71. ijkiu2022032025
  2. Amathullah A. S., Ponnamperuma L., (2023) Compassionate Love in Marital Satisfaction among Married Couples between the Ages of 25-60 in the Kandy District. International Journal of KIU, 4(1), 10 – 16.
  3. Amathullah AS, Rishard M, Walpita Y. Impacts of disrespectful care and abusive care practices in maternity units and potential interventions to improve the quality of care in low- and middle-income countries: A narrative review. Int J Gynecol Obstet. 2023;00:1-13. doi:10.1002/ijgo.14811

Abstract publication

  1. Salman AA, & Ponnamperuma, L. (2022). The impact of compassionate love in marital satisfaction among married couples between the ages of 25-60 in Kandy district, Sri Lanka. MSF Asia Scientific Days & International Conference on Medical Sciences (ICM) 2022- University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. 4th August 2022.
  2. Ranaweera R.A.N.D, Witharane D S M, Lakshmi M.P.D.S, Senarath N.S.A.S.N. (2023) Awareness of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment among Undergraduates at a selected Higher Education Center, 2nd International Conference on Women 2023 – IConferences. 12th August 2023

Faculty Of Behavioural Sciences

Department Of Psychology

No.249/1 Malabe Road,
Thalangama North,
Koswatta, Battaramulla,
Sri Lanka.

+94 (0)11 2741 878 | Ext: 508

Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

Social Info

Career Guidance

Academic Staff

Dr. Kanthi Hettigoda (CPsychol)

Senior Consultant

PhD (University of Hull, UK)MPhil (Clinical Psychology, UoC)MSc.(Org. Mgmt, UoP).B.A (Psychology, UoP)

Mr. L.M. Dilantha Deva Adithiya (GMBPsS)

Head of the Department / Lecturer

MPhil (Clinical Psychology) (Reading)
MSc (Clinical and Health Psychology)
B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology

Ms.Ahamad Salman Amathullah


MPhil/PhD (Psychology, Reading, UOC)
MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology (UWL)
BSc (Hons) Psychology

Mr.W.G. Chamara Mahesh


MA in Buddhist Counselling (UoK),
PgDip in Counselling and Psychosocial Support (UoC),
BA (Hons) Psychology (UoP),

Ms.Muthumi Jayalath Godage

Assistant Lecturer

BSc (Hons) in Psychology

Ms. Dona Shathni Mithukawya Witharane

Assistant Lecturer

BSc (Hons) in Psychology
LLB (Hons) Law
Diploma in Translation and Interpretation
Attorneys-at-Law (Reading)

Ms.Janani Yasangika Rathnapala


BSc (Hons) Psychology


Ms.Nandika Vidurangi


BSc (Hons) Psychology
HND in Business Management (SQA)