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Expert Commentary
Psychological Casting Consultation
TV & Film Projects

Expert Commentary

Dr. Samra’s down-to-earth, friendly and engaging style – combined with her clinical acumen and research expertise – make her a go-to expert for a wide range of media sources. She is regularly called upon by provincial and national print, radio and TV media to comment on a range of issues relating to psychological health and human behaviour. Topics of discussion during her myriad media appearances have included: depression, anxiety, substance use and addictions, financial/relationship/workplace stress, hoarding behaviours, criminal psychology, sports-psychology, workplace mental health, and suicide, among others. She is interviewed on an almost weekly basis, making regular appearances on local and national breakfast shows, call-in radio shows, and the evening news. She is called on by all of the large national and provincial media outlets – including CTV Morning Live, CTV Evening News, Global Morning & Noon Shows, Global BC, Global National, Breakfast TV, CBC, City, Shaw TV, Omni, News 1130, CKNW, CBC Radio One, 680 CJOB, CFAX1070, and Virgin 94.5, among others.

Dr. Samra is regularly interviewed by a wide range of scholarly, professional and popular publications, including newspapers such as the National Post, Vancouver Sun, Georgia Strait, Province, Vancouver Courier; magazines and popular publications such as Huffington Post, Elle, and Chatelaine, as well as a range of business and human resources trade magazines and publications.

Dr. Samra’s media appearances have included roles as a featured clinical expert in all three seasons of the Animal Planet docu-reality series Confessions: Animal Hoarding, the host and psychological expert of both seasons of Million Dollar Neighbourhood, a docu-reality series on the Oprah Winfrey Network, as well as the psychological casting consultant for CityTV’s The Bachelor Canada and OLN’s The Project. She also was the resident psychological expert on a weekly show for Omni.


The Globe and Mail

From 2010-2013, Dr. Samra wrote a weekly “Ask the Psychologist” column for The Globe and Mail’s “Ask a Health Expert” series.

Globe and Mail

Psychological Casting Consultation

The Bachelor Canada

Dr. Samra was the psychological casting consultant for CityTV’s The Bachelor Canada, conducting pre-production psychological screens on potential candidates, and serving as the on-set psychologist throughout filming of the entire season.

Bachelor Canada

The Project Guatemala

Dr. Samra served as a psychological consultant to OLN’s The Project Guatamala, providing support to production and cast.

Additionally, Dr. Samra is available for consultation with writers, producers and directors on a wide range of creative issues relating to psychology and human behaviour, including script and character development.

Project Guatemala

TV and Film Projects

One Life No Regrets

Dr. Samra is featured – along with Eckhart Tolle, George Stroumboulopoulos, Bif Naked and many others – in the documentary One Life No Regrets. One Life No Regrets is the personal journey of filmmaker Patrick Stark as he tries to push past an intense fear of singing in public through ‘extreme exposure’ – from a first vocal lesson to singing in a stadium with Irish rock stars, U2.

One Life No Regrets

Million Dollar Neighbourhood

Dr. Samra was the host and expert in both seasons of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s (Canada) Million Dollar Neighbourhood. Over the course of just ten weeks, the financially struggling residents of one neighbourhood attempted to raise their collective net worth by a staggering $1 million dollars. Guided by the psychological and financial expert hosts, and assisted by a team of Money Detectives, the neighbourhood strived to earn or save $100,000 a week in a series of epic community and individual challenges related to food, housing, transportation and other costs. The first season of MDN was filmed in Aldergrove, BC and the second season was filmed in Bowmanville, ON.



Confessions: Animal Hoarding

Dr. Samra was a featured clinical expert in all 3 seasons of the Animal Planet docu-reality series Confessions: Animal Hoarding, filmed in multiple states through the US. Animal hoarding is defined as a compulsive need to possess and control animals. With more than 3,500 cases a year, animal hoarding puts a strain on families, finances, the 250,000 animals affected annually and the health of everyone involved. Each episode delves into the hearts and minds of individuals afflicted, and the family members and friends who want to help prevent their loved ones from spinning further out of control. With no existing protocol, the series coordinates task-force style mediation by psychologists, animal welfare experts, veterinarians, friends and families.

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