Dr. Joti Samra
Dr. Samra is a national thought leader on issues relating to mental health. She is Program Lead for the online Centre for Psychological Health Sciences at the University of Fredericton, and a member of the Global Expert Panel for WellteQ. She is an innovator in the area of psychological health and safety in the workplace, and has been the lead on a number of pivotal national workplace projects that have contributed to policy change in Canada. She also has a thriving clinical and consulting practice in Vancouver, BC.
Dr. Samra has been involved as an expert advisor on a number of provincial and national steering committees in the area of workplace psychological health, including being a founding member of the Technical Committee that developed Canada’s National Standard for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (CSA Z1003/BNQ9700) – the first Standard of its kind in the world. Dr. Samra is the principal developer of the following evidence-based, public domain assessment and action resources: Guarding Minds @ Work (organizational assessment); Managing Emotions (emotional intelligence assessment); and Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment (leadership assessment). She also led an extensive research investigation on the evolution of Canadian workplace mental health strategies and initiatives from 2007-2017.
Dr. Samra has created a breadth of evidence-based resources for individuals and organizations in the areas of mood disorders, suicidality, chronic health conditions, emotional intelligence, and workplace psychological health and safety. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Samra presents her work extensively at the invitation of public and private sector organizations, and is regularly called upon by provincial and national print, radio and TV media to comment on issues relating to human behaviour.
Dr. Samra completed her clinical residency at the University of Washington (UW) Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, obtaining specialized training at UW’s internationally-renowned Level 1 adult and paediatric trauma and burn center, as well as specialized training within UW’s rehabilitation medicine department. She has received a number of awards and accolades for her clinical and research work, including being a recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s New Researcher Award (2002) and the British Columbia Psychological Association’s Advancement of the Profession of Psychology Award (2011).