Prof. S. P. K. Jena, M. A., M. Phil. in Medical & Social Psychology and Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology, is a RCI certified Clinical Psychologist and former Head, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, Chairman and Reader, Department of Applied Psychology, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, Haryana. He has also served as Reader, Special Education, Faculty of Education, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, M. J. P Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, Teacher-in-Charge and Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Regional Centres of National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad at Calcutta and Patna. He has 32 years of experience in teaching and research.
He was the Editor of Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology (IJCP) (2007-12) and as member of the Editorial Boards of several journals, has authored 3 books. His two recent books are Behaviour Therapy: Theory Research and Applications, and Learning Disability: Theory to Practice, Sage Publication New Delhi. Apart from this, he has published about 47 research papers in national and international journals, contributed 12 chapters in books and proceedings, and 6 book reviews, and guided 14 Ph. D. dissertations. He has also worked on major projects funded by UNICEF, UGC and RGNIYD and has acted as UGC Visiting Fellow in Psychology at Utkal University, Bhubaneswar; and Central University, Hyderabad. He has delivered about 10 keynote addresses at various institutions. Prof. Jena was also a member of the Screening Committee for Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Cognitive Science, DST, Govt. of India, New Delhi. He has been a Fellow of Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, Life Member of Behavioural Medicine Society of India and Life Member of Indian Social Science Association. He conducted an Inter-university Academic Exchange Programme on Autism under the acronym ‘Circle of Support’ with Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany. He has been a member of the expert Committee on Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology of Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). His lectures have been telecasted under ‘Navshikhar’, the Educational Television Programme of RCI. New Delhi. He has conducted over 30 Workshops and short-term courses on various themes related to application of behaviour analysis in the areas of childhood disabilities, for psychologists, special educators and parents and stress management workshops for paramilitary forces.
In 2018, Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists (IACP) has awarded him for his outstanding contribution to the discipline of Clinical Psychology. Apart from his academic contributions, he has been awarded for his poems and paintings. Eleven of his poems, short stories and features have been published in reputed literary journals.