Education

2007 Ph.D., Statistics University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
2002 M.Sc., Biostatistics Center for Statistics, Limburgs Universitair Centrum, University of Hasselt, Belgium
2001 M.Sc., Applied statistics Center for Statistics, Limburgs Universitair Centrum, University of Hasselt, Belgium
2000 M.Sc., Applied statistics Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
1997 B.Sc., Statistics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Professional Roles & Training

Professional Roles:

  • Graduate Student Committee (2010-2016).
  • Data and Safety Monitoring Board-CIHR Grant (2011-2016)- “Teens Taking Charge: An Internet-based Self-management Program for Adolescents with Arthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PI: Dr. Jennifer Stinson, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.
  • Accreditation Committee-Statistical Society of Canada (2012-2015).

Areas of Interest

  • Multivariate Poisson Hidden Markov Models/Multivariate Data analysis
  • Applied Linear Models
  • Hidden Markov Models
  • Statistical Modeling of Longitudinal Data
  • Missing Observations in Longitudinal Studies

Research Grants: Co-applicant/ Collaborator

i.    Collaborator for the grant application “CIHR Team in Linking Exercise, Physical Activity and Pathophysiology in Childhood Arthritis: A Canadian Collaborative   Team (LEAP)” CIHR Grant No: # 217534. Principal Investigator: Dr. Ciarán Duffy. 2010-2015. $2,500,000

ii.  Collaborator for the grant “Saskatchewan Rural Health Study”, CIHR grant- Principal Investigators: Drs. JA Dosman, P Pahwa, J. Gordon. 2010-2016. $1,693,779

iii. Co-applicant for the grant “Vitamin D Deficiency in Saskatchewan Children: Factors Influencing Occurrence and Response to Therapy”, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan- Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan Rosenberg. 2010-2012. $140,000

iv. Co-applicant for the grant “Assess, Redress, Re-assess: Addressing Disparities in Respiratory Health among First Nations People”, CIHR grant- Principal Investigators: Drs. JA Dosman, P Pahwa, S Abonyi, and J Episkenew. 2012-2017. $1,592,521

v. Co-applicant for the grant “The Nature of Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada II”, Health Canada Grant (Health care policy contribution program)- Principal Investigators: Drs. Martha L. Macleod, Judith C Kulig Norma J. Stewart and Roger Pitblado. 2012-2014. $496,000

vi. Co-applicant for the grant “Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada II”, CIHR grant- Principal Investigators: Drs. Martha L. Macleod, Judith C Kulig and Norma J. Stewart. 2013-2016. $611,966

vii. Co-investigator for the grant “An International Research Initiative to Reduce Indoor Biomass Fuel Exposure and Enhance Respiratory Health in Rural India”, Indo-Canadian Shastri Institute. SHASTRI PARTNERSHIP SEED GRANT (SPSG) 2014-15. Principal investigator: Punam Pahwa.From 2014-10-01 to 2015-03-15. $5000.

viii. Co-investigator for the grant “An International Research Initiative to Reduce Biomass Fuel Exposure and Enhance Respiratory Health in Rural India”, Office of the Vice-President Research, U of S. Research Acceleration Program (RAP). Principal investigator: Bonnie Janzen. From 2014-04 to 2015-01. $7000.

Specific Research Related to the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture

Project 1: Mental health of NPHS participants who reported respiratory diseases, Mental health of rural seniors, Mental health of immigrant women.
Project 2: SKY RDC Project: Title- Investigation of Longitudinal Patterns of Changes in Mental Health of Immigrant Women: Comparison of Missing Data Approaches in Longitudinal Data Analysis. 2008-2010.
Project 3: Cross-Canada Study of Pesticides and Health, Ethnicity, Occupations and Cancer (Soft tissue Sarcoma, Hodgkin’s Disease, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma)
Project 5: (i) Care of Rural Elderly with Dementia in Special Care Units vs. Integrated Facilities and
(ii) Strategies to Improve the Care of Persons with Dementia in Rural and Remote Areas- Member of NET Data Team.
Project 6: A comprehensive longitudinal epidemiological study of childhood rheumatic diseases in Saskatchewan.
Project 7: Endotoxin and Lung: The Humboldt Study
Project 8: Lower Respiratory Infection and its Association with Vitamin D Insufficiency in Saskatchewan Children.
Project 9: Saskatchewan Rural Health Study-Team Member
Project 10: First Nations Lung Health Study- Co-investigator

Publications

Other Skills and Interests

Computer Skills 

Chandima has the experience and sound knowledge to work on the following software packages:

  • Statistical Packages:
    • SAS, SPSS, MINITAB, EPI-INFO, S-PLUS, R, STATA
  • Other:
    • MICROSOFT EXCEL, MS WORD, POWER POINT.

Training

  • Workshop on Introduction to ArcGIS conducted by Information Technology Services, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics, conducted by Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.
  • Workshop on Applied Statistical Genetics for Population-Based Association Studies, Joint Statistical Meetings, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Workshop on Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) using LISREL, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • Workshop on Missing and Incomplete Data, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Workshop on Joint Modelling and Beyond-Meeting and tutorials on joint modelling with survival, longitudinal and missing data, Universiteit Hasselt, Diepenbeek, Belgium.