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Dr Dee Knipe

Dr Dee Knipe

Dr Dee Knipe

Vice Chancellor's Fellow

Area of research

Social determinants of suicide and self-harm

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Dr Knipe is a mental health epidemiologist with an interest in life course risk factors for suicide and self-harm. Her work has explored the social determinants of mental ill health and has looked at the impact of national policies in reducing suicide deaths. Her work has primarily been in low and middle income countries. She has received two awards by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the Andrej Marusic and De Leo Fund award for her suicide prevention work. 


Dr Duleeka (Dee) Knipe is an epidemiologist with an interest in suicide and self-harm in low and middle income countries. She was funded on a Wellcome Trust doctoral fellowship to investigate the socioeconomic risk factors for suicidal behaviour in Sri Lanka at the University of Bristol. Her current work continues her work on the Wellcome trust funded large randomised controlled trial into the Safer Storage of pesticides as a means of suicide prevention. 

She was awarded an ESRC fellowship to help translate her research findings into policy and practice, and has subsequently secured an Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Vice Chancellor's research fellowship to investigate the mental health consequences of parental emigration from Sri Lanka and the Philippines on children left behind in the country of origin. She has also received MRC pathfinder funding to explore the association between childhood adversity, domestic violence and self-harm in Sri Lanka.  

Her background prior to starting her doctoral studies was in pathology and microbiology and public health. 



2018         NIHR PhD Student (Recognition, identification and provision of support for children and adolescents exposed to domestic violence: Linking the school and healthcare response in Sri Lanka) – PhD Giselle Dass (UK)

2018         PhD Student (Help-seeking behaviour among Sri Lankan females facing domestic violence) - PhD Prabash Siriwardhana (Sri Lanka)

2018         PhD (Domestic violence and self-harm) – PhD Piumee Bandara (Australia)

2018         Supervising an iBSc Global Health student dissertation (Suicide and self-harm in young people in Sri lanka) – Kiyara Fernando (UK)

2017         Supervising an iBSc Global Health student dissertation (Scoping review of mental health outcomes of ‘left-behind’ children) – Hacer Sonmez (UK)

2014         Co-supervising a foundation doctor (FY1) on a research assignment (Regional variation of suicide in Sri Lanka) – Prianka Padmanathan (UK)


  • Sri Lanka
  • Migration
  • domestic violence and abuse


  • suicide and self harm


  • cross-sectional and cohort studies
  • time-series analysis


My research is on suicide and self-harm in Sri Lanka. I have expertise in historical trends of suicide/self-harm in Sri Lanka, with particular focus on the impact of pesticide regulations on the suicide/self-harm risk. I have a particular interest on how social factors impact the suicide/self-harm risk in Sri Lanka.

  • Sri Lanka
  • suicide
  • self-harm
  • suicide epidemiology
  • Asia
  • Memberships


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