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Updated on 17 Oct, 2022


Prof. Swati Patra

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Dr. Swati Patra is a Professor of Psychology in School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, India. She has earlier worked in National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi. She has 20 years of teaching, research and training experience. Her specializations are Educational & Counseling Psychology, Counseling & Family Therapy, Distance Education, and Human development & disadvantage. Her areas of research interest are counseling, mental health, emotional intelligence, positive psychology, mindfulness, parenting, and child and adolescent psychology. Her professional activities include among other things course design and development, course writing, course editing and research guidance for Ph.D. She has various journal publications and book chapters. Her recent publication is the edited book on ‘Adolescence in India: Issues, Challenges and Possibilities’ by Springer, Singapore. She is the Programme Coordinator of Masters degree in Psychology and Post-graduate diploma in Mental Health Programme of IGNOU. She has been involved in Interactive radio counseling (Gyanvani), academic counseling through television (Gyandarshan), and Facebook of IGNOU. 
She is a certified Happiness Coach from the Berkeley Institute of Well-being, California in association with Happiitude, India, and also a certified Mindfulness Trainer. She provides guest lectures and conducts training workshops on various areas related to psychological counseling, well-being, stress management, life skills, emotional intelligence and mental health including happiness and mindfulness.


EDUCATION:
 
 
Doctor of Philosophy:
 
Psychology
2001
Name of the University: Utkal University, Odisha
Discipline: Psychology
 
Doctoral Research Topic: Role of Language of Instruction in the Multilingual School System of India
 
Master of Philosophy:
 
Psychology
1995
Name of the university: Utkal University, Odisha
Discipline: Psychology
 
Dissertation Topic: Relationship between Decoding and Comprehension in English and Hindi
 
Master of Arts:
 
Psychology
1993
Name of the university: Utkal University, Odisha
Discipline: Psychology
 
Academic Achievement: Secured 4th rank
UGC NET JRF in 1994
MSc. in Counseling and Family Therapy (MScCFT):
 
2017
Name of the university: IGNOU, New Delhi
Discipline: Counseling and Family Therapy
 
Bachelor of Arts:
 
Psychology (Honours)
1991
Name of the university: Utkal University, Odisha
 
Academic Achievement: Secured 4th rank with Honours & Distinction

 
WORK EXPERIENCE: 
Involved in teaching, research, training and administrative experience in IGNOU (2010 – continuing) and earlier in NCERT (2002 – 2010).


PUBLICATIONS:
  • Books: 2 (edited)
  • Chapters in Books: 7
  • Research Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals : 25
  • Units/Chapters written in IGNOU Course materials: 32


MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODY/ STATUTORY BODY (INTERNAL/ EXTERNAL):
 
Membership of Professional body/ Statutory body
Name of statutory body/ institution/
Period
Professional body
Membership of National Academy of Psychology (NAOP)
2010 - Continuing
 
Professional body
Comparative Education Society of India (CESI)
Life Membership
Professional body
All India Association for Educational Research (AIAER)
 
Life Membership
Statutory body
Planning Board member
2 years
Statutory body
School Board, School of Social Sciences (SOSS), IGNOU
2014 - continuing
Statutory body
School Board, School of Social Work (SOSW), IGNOU
2014 - 2016
Statutory body
School Board, School of Agriculture (SOA), IGNOU
2021- continuing
 
 
 

 


 

Official Address:
School of Social Sciences ,
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU),
Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi - 110068
New Delhi, India
  +91-011-29572707
  swatipatra@ignou.ac.in
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[Updated on 06-Dec-2022]