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J.P. Das, PhD 

Director Emeritus, JP Das Centre on Developmental & Learning Disabilities
Professor Emeritus, Department of Educational Psychology

Department of Educational Psychology
6-123D Education North
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB Canada
T6G 2G5

(780) 492-4439

I took up the position of a research professor at the University of Alberta’s Centre for the Study of Mental retardation in January 1968 and continue to be associated with the Centre (now named J.P. Das Centre on Developmental and Learning Disabilities). I have been the Director of the Centre for 22 years and a professor in Educational Psychology, formally retired in 1996. 

Recent Academic Activities

  • Current research projects on Speed of Processing and Executive Functions; Reading and specific comprehension deficits.
  • Writing 2 new books - Consciousness Quest here East Meets West: On Mind, Meditation and Neural Correlates (May, 2014) & Cognitive Planning & Executive Functions: Applications in Education and Management (Co-author Sasi Misra) (August, 2014); both are published by SAGE intl Publishers.
  • Cognitive Assessment System Revised (CAS2) Authors: Jack Naglieri, J.P. Das & Sam Goldstein, Published in Austin, Texas: Pro-Ed (2014).
  • Modules for Mathematics - A cognitive Training Programme published by the Das Centre (2014)
  • Clinical work with special needs children in India (The Learning Clinic, Bhubaneswar, India. Affiliated with Das Centre, U of A)

Recent Publications


PhD - Institute of Psychiatry, University of London (Psychology) 1957

MA Patna University, Patna, India (Psychology) 1953

BA (Honours) - Utkal University, Cuttack, India (Psychology/Philosophy) 1951

Academic and Research Experience

1994 - Present           
Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

1972 - 1994            
Director, Developmental Disabilities Centre and Professor of  Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

1968 - 1971              
Research Professor, Centre for the Study of Mental Retardation (Named Developmental Disabilities Centre, 1987), University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

1965 - 1967              
Reader in Psychology, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India

1964 - 1965
Visiting Associate Professor in Psychology, Psychology Department, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

1963 - 1964
Kennedy Professor of Psychology, George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, TN, USA

1958 - 1963
Reader in Psychology, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India 

1955 - 1957
Research Scholar in Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, London, England

1953 - 1955
Lecturer in Psychology, Ravenshaw College, Utkal University, Cuttack, India 

Short Appointments
1981 - Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

1978 - University of California, Los Angeles, USA

1975 - Visiting Scholar/Professor, Moscow State University and Institute of Defectology

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2014     Canadian Psychological Association Award for International Advancement of Psychology
2003     Doctor of Psychology, (honoris causa). University of Vigo, Spain
1999     Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC)
1992     Immigration Achievement Award
1987     University of Alberta, Research Prize
1979     Albert J. Harris Award, International Reading Association
1972     Nuffield Fellow
1963     Kennedy Foundation Professorship

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, Canadian Psychological Association (Elected)
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association (Elected)
  • Division 15 (Educational Psychology) and Division 33 (Mental Retardation)
  • Fellow, American Psychological Society
  • Fellow, International Association for Research in Learning Disability (Elected)

Editorial Consultation

  • Consulting Editor to several Journals
  • 1972, Founding Editor, Developmental Disabilities Bulletin
  • 1966, Founding Editor, Indian Journal of Mental Retardation

International Activities

  • Invited participant, UNESCO Conference on Disadvantaged Children (only Canadian invited), Doha Qatar, 1981
  • Organized an international conference: NATO Conference on Intelligence and Learning, 1979, York, England
  • Invited participant, UNESCO conference on policies relating to children (one of two Canadians invited), Austin, Texas, 1979
  • Canada - USSR exchange professor, 1975

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