Dr Trudi Seneviratne

MBBS, MRCPsych

Consultant Adult and Perinatal Psychiatrist

Dr Trudi Seneviratne is a consultant adult and perinatal psychiatrist. She is the lead consultant for our specialist Perinatal service and a lead for children’s safeguarding at the Trust.

She leads the team in the assessment and management of women who experience a mental illness either during pregnancy or in the postnatal period, and their families.

Other roles

Dr Seneviratne works in the outpatient clinics offered at Lewisham Hospital and at King’s College Hospital.

She was a committee member with the perinatal psychiatry section of the Royal College of Psychiatry and was the first chair of the London regional network in perinatal psychiatry.

Background

Dr Seneviratne qualified as a medical practitioner in 1992, having trained at St Bartholomew’s Medical School, London. She has been an adult psychiatrist since 1995 and has specialised in perinatal mental health since 1998.

Research

Her special interest, clinically and academically, is perinatal psychiatry. She has collaborated on a range of activities including service development, the use of mother and infant interaction videos, service evaluation, and effectiveness and outcomes research.

Publications

Seneviratne G.,Conroy. S & Marks M. (2003) Parenting Assessments in a Psychiatric Mother and Baby Unit. British Journal of Social Work, 33,535-555.

Howard LM, Seneviratne T. The management of psychosis during pregnancy. Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry. 2008; 12(2): 9-12.

Howard LM, Hunt K, Slade M, O’Keane V, Seneviratne T, Thornicroft G. Assessing the needs of pregnant women and mothers with severe mental illness: the psychometric properties of the Camberwell Assessment of Need – Mothers (CAN-M). International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research.

Howard LM, Hunt K, Slade M, O’Keane V, Seneviratne T, Thornicroft G. CAN-M: The Camberwell Assessment of Need for Pregnant women and Mothers with Severe Mental Illness. Royal College of Psychiatrists. 2008.

S. Pawlby, C. Fernyhough, E. Meins, C. M. Pariante, G. Seneviratne and R. P. Bentall Mind-mindedness and maternal responsiveness in infant–mother interactions in mothers with severe mental illness. Psychological Medicine, Published online by Cambridge University Press 27 Jan 2010 doi:10.1017/S0033291709992340.

Seneviratne G, et al. (2001) Parenting assessment in a psychiatric mother and baby unit.

Gopfert M, Webster J, Seeman MV (1996) Parental psychiatric disorder. Cambridge University Press.

Eds V O’Keane, M Marsh, G Seneviratne. Psychiatric Disorders and Pregnancy: Obstetric and Psychiatric Care: 223 –46. Taylor and Francis. 2006.

G.Seneviratne. Parenting: Mentally ill mothers and babies. In Eds V O’Keane, M Marsh, G Seneviratne. Psychiatric Disorders and Pregnancy: Obstetric and Psychiatric Care: 223 –46. Taylor and Francis. 2006.

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