Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC is an Adjunct Clinical Affiliate for the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin. She is focused on wellness and the impact of positive psychology on client outcomes. Years of clinical practice and dealing with life’s ups and downs has convinced her that wellness-enhancing practices are all essential wellness elements. In 1992, she launched a private practice of psychotherapy where she currently provides services for a wide range of mental health issues.
Dr. Jain is a co-creator of the WILD 5 Wellness Program, which combines five elements of wellness (exercise, mindfulness, sleep, social connectedness, and nutrition) into a 30-day, evidence-based, easy-to-follow wellness program. She is co-author of a well-received workbook written for those interested in improving their mental wellness - WILD 5 Wellness: A Proven Path to Wellness. She is co-author of a recent book titled, The Science and Practice of Wellness: Interventions for Happiness, Enthusiasm, Resilience, and Optimism (HERO). Dr. Jain is co-creator of the Psychedelics and Wellness Survey (PAWS) exploring the intersect between psychedelics and wellness. She is the co-creator of a novel and extremely well received interactive program addressing the challenges of dealing with psychiatric co-morbidities using psychiatric scales and screeners. She has been instrumental in developing several other innovative tools/programs to fill current gaps in this area. She serves as a member of the Psych Congress Steering Committee providing direction regarding educational gaps/needs for mental health practitioners, and Sana Symposium providing psychedelics education for mental health and addiction professionals.
Dr. Jain obtained her Masters degree from the University of Houston–Clear Lake and a Doctoral degree from Southern California University for Professional Studies; she is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She demonstrated her professional versatility by obtaining an MBA from Texas Woman’s University. She has extensive clinical training in multiple sites, covering the gamut of childhood, adolescent and adult experiences in both the private and the public sector. She was selected for a Postgraduate Clinical Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas where she trained in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.