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Prof. Swati Patra


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.

Doctor of Philosophy:
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:
Name of the university: Utkal University, Odisha
Discipline: Psychology
Dissertation Topic: Relationship between Decoding and Comprehension in English and Hindi
Master of Arts:
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):
Name of the university: IGNOU, New Delhi
Discipline: Counseling and Family Therapy
Bachelor of Arts:
Psychology (Honours)
Name of the university: Utkal University, Odisha
Academic Achievement: Secured 4th rank with Honours & Distinction

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

  • 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
Name of statutory body/ institution/
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
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[Updated on 23-Jul-2024]