Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. (she/her/hers) is a national thought leader on issues relating to psychological health, wellness and resilience. She is the CEO & Founder of Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. & Associates, an expanding in-office and online (virtual) clinical counselling practice with offices located throughout BC. She is also the CEO & Founder of MyWorkplaceHealth, a full-suite national workplace consulting firm.
Dr. Samra is a highly-regarded expert in psychological health and safety (PH&S). Over the past two decades, she’s been involved in numerous national initiatives that have contributed to policy change in Canada. She’s a Founding & Ongoing Member of the CSA Technical Committee that developed the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ9700-803/2013). This Standard is the first of its kind in the world and is shaping policy development for workplace PH&S at the international ISO level.
Dr. Samra is the lead Research Scientist who created Guarding Minds at Work. A Workplace Guide to Psychological Health & Safety, in which the psychosocial factor frame was developed and then adopted by the Standard. She is also the developer of the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment. An assessment and action planning resource that aligns leaders’ skills with the requirements of the Standard.
Dr. Samra, and her team, have extensive expertise in helping organizations implement initiatives related to workplace PH&S including implementation of the CSA Standard. Through providing leadership development, training & coaching services across a broad range of areas, including emotional intelligence, psychologically safe leadership and mental health awareness; as well as, providing a breadth of services to enhance employee psychological health, wellness and resilience.
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’s 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.
Some of her media career highlights include: Host of Oprah Winfrey Network’s The Million Dollar Neighbourhood; Interventionist on Animal Planet’s Confessions: Animal Hoarding; Casting Consultant & On-Set Psychologist for CityTV’s The Bachelor Canada; and Columnist for the Globe and Mail’s “Ask a Psychologist” weekly column.
Dr. Samra has received a number of awards and accolades for her clinical and research work. She is proud to be the recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s New Researcher Award & the British Columbia Psychological Association’s Advancement of the Profession of Psychology Award. She is also the former President of the BC Psychological Association and past Chair of the BC Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee.
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