Behavioural Science Working Group Profile
Ashini Weerasinghe is an epidemiologist within the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Program at Public Health Ontario. She holds a master’s degree in epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Within her role as an epidemiologist at Public Health Ontario, she has provided analytical expertise to examine the impact of alcohol warning labels on adult drinkers’ awareness of alcohol-related health risks and ability to make more informed and safer drinking choices, which has resulted in six peer-reviewed publications. She also advises staff within Public Health Ontario on matters related to statistical and epidemiological methods. She has previous experience preparing scientific manuscripts and presentations within the Ontario Breast Screening Program at Cancer Care Ontario. In addition, she has worked as a research coordinator within the Nicotine Dependence Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where she established, maintained and managed a database of health care practitioners providing smoking cessation counselling in Ontario.