Das Centre Director Emeriti
Department of Educational Psychology
6-102 Education North
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB Canada
Research & Interests
J. P. Das obtained a B.A. Honours degree (1951) in Philosophy at Utkal University, India, an M.A. degree (1953) in Experimental Psychology at Patna University, India, and a Ph.D. (1957) in Psychology at Institute of Psychiatry University of London. He was appointed as a lecturer at Utkal University's Ravenshaw College in 1953, and rejoined his position in 1958 following his Ph.D. He continued to work at Utkal University until 1968 when he moved to the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada except for a two years visiting professorship period (1963-1965) in USA (first at George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, and later at University of California, Los Angeles).
At the University of Alberta he joined a newly formed research centre on mental retardation, which was later renamed as Developmental Disabilities Centre, as an associate professor. He became a full professor in 1970 where he is continuing to work on research projects as an emeritus professor (1996). His current research projects in collaboration with the Centre's postdoctoral fellows and graduate students include assessment and remediation of dyslexia and reading difficulties, and cognitive decline in individuals with Downs Syndrome. Collaborative research is in progress at various other places including Queen's University in Canada, Ohio State University and University of California-Riverside in USA, Univerisity of Zaragoza in Spain, University of Witwaterand in Johannesburg, Finnish Association for Mental Retardation in Helsinki, and in some universities in India.
Among his honors and distinctions are the Kennedy Foundation Fellowship, The Nuffield Fellowship, Canada-USSR visiting professorship, University of Alberta research prize, awards from International Reading Association and the Immigration & Manpower Department of Canada.