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Wasantha Jayawardene

Wasantha Jayawardene, MD, MS, PhD, FRSPH, Assistant Professor

Public Health

Professional Interests:

  • Obesity – epidemiology, causes, and consequences
  • Opioids, alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs
  • Digital health and technology-based interventions
  • Methodological rigor and reporting in clinical trials


  • Postdoctoral Training, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
  • M.S., Indiana University Bloomington
  • M.D., People's Friendship University of Russia, Moscow

Recent Projects:

  • ‘Opioid Rapid Response System (ORRS)’ – Recruitment and training of citizen responders to administer naloxone; Funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Role: Principal Investigator)
  • ‘eatNplay’ – A theory-driven, rurally tailored, family-based, telehealth intervention for childhood obesity; Funded by Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement (Role: Principal Investigator)
  • ‘Tracking Together’ – Synergistic effects of tracking human and canine activity simultaneously by using activity trackers; Funded by Mars Petcare, Inc. (Role: Principal Investigator)
  • Indiana Tobacco Compliance Survey – Prevention of underage sales of tobacco and e-cigarettes; Funded by Indiana Department of Mental Health Administration (Role: Principal Investigator)
  • National Evaluation of Technology Transfer Centers; Funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (Role: Evaluator)

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Wasantha Jayawardene

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