Researcher biography

Dr Danusha Jayawardana is a post-doctoral research fellow in health economics for NHMRC WaND in the Centre for the Business and Economics of Health and School of Public Health at the University of Queensland. Her current work investigates the healthcare costs and resource use implications of non-communicable diseases among women in Australia. Her other research interests extend to broad areas of Development Economics and Applied Econometrics, with a particular focus in identifying causal relationships between childhood adversity and mental health.

Dr Jayawardana received her PhD in Economics from the University of Adelaide in 2020 and was awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. She also holds Master and Bachelor degrees in Economics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Research Interests

  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Health Economics
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Development Economics
Featured projects Duration
NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Women and Non-Communicable Diseases: Prevention and Detection (CRE WaND)
National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence