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Vivetha Thambinathan

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University

Vivetha Thambinathan is an Eelam Tamil doctoral candidate at Western University in Canada and the research director at Washington, DC-based PEARL (People for Equality and Relief in Lanka). Vivetha loves donuts, figure skating, and all things related to justice. Currently, her PhD research works within the intersections of trauma-informed migrant healing, arts-based participatory action research methods, and liberation psychology - specifically as it pertains to Toronto Tamil diaspora youth. You can find her on twitter @darthvethar.


  • 2020–present
    Research Director, PEARL (People for Equality and Relief in Lanka)
  • 2018–present
    Doctoral Candidate, Western University


  • 2018 
    Western University, Master of Public Health
  • 2017 
    Western University, Bachelor of Medical Sciences