Personlig profil


CURRICULUM VITAE, Nithya Serasinghe

Personal details

  • Surname, first name: Serasinghe Vidanage, Nithya Susangi
  • ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5788-6880


  • Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food-Related Behaviour, University of Helsinki
    • Completed on 15 December 2021 in Helsinki, Finland
    • Major subject: Human nutrition
    • Contact details of the institute: Department of Food and Nutrition, Agnes Sjöbergin katu 2, P.O. Box 66, 00014 University of Helsinki


  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
    • Completed on 03 February 2017 in Makandura, Sri Lanka
    • Major subject: Applied Nutrition

Language skills

  • Sinhalese (native), English (proficient), Finnish (A2 level)

Current employment

  • Research Coordinator at Folkhälsan Research Center, Samfundet Folkhälsan, Helsinki Finland from 28 August 2023 to present (30.66 hours per week)

Job description:

  • Working on the second research paper of the doctoral thesis (preliminary title: Does socioeconomic status moderate the associations between psychosocial home food environment and children’s diet?)
  • Co-authoring a manuscript on children’s nature visits and screen time
  • Co-authoring a manuscript on parental practices and children’s vegetable consumption
  • Taking part in DAGIS Salo project data collection
  • Preparing funding applications for doctoral thesis work

Previous work experience

  • Research coordinator at Folkhälsan Research Center, Samfundet Folkhälsan, Helsinki Finland from 11 July to 31 December 2022

Job description:

  • Prepared and published a research paper in BMC Public Health
  • Engaged in the development process of questionnaires for the upcoming DAGIS Salo project


  • Research Assistant at Folkhälsan Research Center, Samfundet Folkhälsan, Helsinki Finland from May to June 2021

Job description: Performed interpreting of accelerometer data of the DAGIS Intervention study


  • Research Trainee at Folkhälsan Research Center, Samfundet Folkhälsan, Helsinki Finland from May to September 2020

Job description: Performed descriptive and basic statistical analysis of DAGIS intervention data and reported the findings to the DAGIS group


  • Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant at ChildFund Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka from January 2018 to August 2019

Job description:

  • Handled monitoring and evaluation activities of projects related to early childhood development, water, sanitation, and hygiene, and disaster risk reduction
  • Engaged in project liaison activities with international donor organizations


  • Intern – Health & Nutrition at World Vision Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka from October to December 2016

Job description:

  • Engaged in children’s dietary data collection, trained field workers to perform dietary assessments
  • Supported the implementation of behaviour change interventions in rural communities

Research output

Number of publications: 01

Serasinghe N, Vepsäläinen H, Lehto R, Abdollahi A, Erkkola M, Roos E, Ray C. 2023. Associations between Socioeconomic Status, Home Food Availability, Parental Rolemodeling, and Children’s Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: A Mediation Analysis. BMC Public Health 2023; 23: 1037.

Oral presentation at Top20 Speech Day Seminar at Folkhälsan Research Center on ‘the mediation roles of home food environment on the association between socioeconomic status and children’s food consumption’

Awards and honours

  • A fully funded scholarship holder of the University of Helsinki for the academic years of 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 for the Master’s Programme in Human Nutrition and Food-Related Behaviour

Utbildning / akademisk kvalifikation

M.Sc. in Human Nutrition and Food-Related Behaviour, Helsingfors universitet

Tilldelningsdatum: 15 dec. 2021

Externa befattningar

Research Coordinator, Folkhalsan Res Ctr, Folkhalsan Research Center, Samfundet Folkhalsan, Samfundet Folkhalsan

28 aug. 2023 → …

Research Coordinator , Folkhälsan Research Center

11 juli 202231 dec. 2022

Research Assistant, Folkhälsan Research Center

juni 2021juli 2021

Intern, Folkhälsan Research Center

maj 2020sep. 2020


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  • 3142 Folkhälsovetenskap, miljö och arbetshälsa

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