Saundra Jain, PsyD, MA, LPC, is an adjunct clinical affiliate for the School of Nursing at The University of Texas, Austin. She is focused on wellness and the impact of positive psychology on client outcomes. Jain provides workshops to health care practitioners, organizations, businesses, and individuals interested in learning more about the power of wellness. In 1992, she launched a private practice of psychotherapy, where she provides services for a wide range of mental health issues.
Jain is a co-founder of the WILD 5 Wellness Program, which combines five elements of wellness (exercise, mindfulness, sleep, social connectedness, and nutrition) into a prescriptive, easy-to-follow wellness program. She is active in the area of peer-to-peer education, especially for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and ADHD. Another strong clinical and educational interest involves differential diagnosis of major psychiatric disorders. She is the co-creator and co-presenter of a novel interactive workshop/program addressing the challenges of dealing with psychiatric co-morbidities through the use of psychiatric scales and screeners. She has been instrumental in developing several other innovative tools/programs to fill gaps in this area. Jain is also the senior co-author of two books: Unleashed: Transforming My Battle with Depression and Unleashed: 12-Weeks to Total Mental Fitness, both directed toward the needs of patients struggling with mental health issues. She serves as a member of the U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress Steering Committee, providing direction regarding educational gaps/needs for health care practitioners in mental health.
She obtained her master's degree from the University of Houston–Clear Lake, an MBA from Texas Woman’s University, and a doctoral degree from Southern California University for Professional Studies. She is a licensed professional counselor. She has extensive clinical training in multiple sites, covering the gamut of childhood, adolescent, and adult experiences in both the private and the public sectors. She was selected for a postgraduate clinical fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, where she trained in the division of child and adolescent psychiatry.