Dedicated CHS professor regarded as influential teacher

Posted on June 2, 2017
CHS student Gayana Wanniarachchi (left) and Associate Professor Bhagwant Sindhu.

CHS student Gayana Wanniarachchi (left) and Associate Professor Bhagwant Sindhu.
UWM photo/Elora Hennessey

At the heart of every great university are great teachers and committed students. At UWM, teachers mentored and guided 26,000 students in 97 bachelor’s degree programs, 64 master’s degree programs and 33 doctoral degree programs during the 2016-’17 school year.

One of the faculty members who guided a recent graduating student was Associate Professor Bhagwant Sindhu, PhD, OTR, Department of Occupational Science and Technology.

Gayana Wanniarachchi, a kinesiology major, was just starting her freshman year when she was chosen to do research with Sindhu. They worked together for five years, studying the effectiveness of treatments in people with multiple mental health issues, such as depression, fear and pain.

Through her research, work as a peer health educator and involvement in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Wanniarachchi gained a passion for advocating for people who need help. She graduated this May and was accepted into her first-choice podiatry school where she will study to be a podiatrist.