Dr. Samra is a registered psychologist with a clinical practice at the Mainland Medical Clinic in Yaletown. Dr. Samra is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and John Gottman's model for marital therapy. She has expertise in individual & couples treatment; cognitive & learning assessments; independent medical evaluations; and return-to-work facilitations. Information about her private practice is located here.
Dr. Samra pursues a full spectrum of research, consulting and educational activities in the field of workplace health. She is the lead developer of Guarding Minds @ Work (GM@W): A Workplace Guide to Psychological Safety and Health, an innovative online resource used by employers to address psychosocial threats in the work environment and was a member of the Technical Committee that developed Canada's first National Standard on Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (CSA Z1003/BNQ9700). She is also the principal developer of Managing Emotions, a set of online, interactive assessment and training resources that strengthen the interpersonal competence and emotional intelligence skills of managers. Dr. Samra serves as an expert advisor on a number of provincial and national steering committees in the area of workplace psychological health.
Dr. Samra is a featured clinical expert in all three seasons of the Animal Planet docu-reality series Confessions: Animal Hoarding, developed by the producers of the critically acclaimed A & E series Intervention. Dr. Samra has been the host and psychological expert in both seasons of Million Dollar Neighbourhood, a docu-reality series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and a psychological casting consultant for CityTV’s The Bachelor Canada and OLN's The Project. She has written a weekly “Ask a Health Expert” column for The Globe and Mail.
Dr. Samra is an innovator in the area of psychological health and wellness. She is a leader in the conceptualization and communication of psychological health issues and the creation of related treatment manuals, clinical tools, and training resources. Dr. Samra is a passionate advocate for organizational change. Her research catalyzes fundamental improvements in the psychological health and safety of work environments throughout Canada. She presents her work extensively at the invitation of organizations across Canada and the United States. Dr. Samra is a frequent media commentator and writes prolifically for a wide range of scholarly, professional, and popular publications.
Dr. Samra has an active and dynamic record of applied research and clinical work. She has formerly had appointments as an Adjunct Faculty Member with the Adler School of Professional Psychology and Adjunct Professor and Research Scientist with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, BC. She is Director of an organizational and media consulting practice. She also maintains an active clinical practice. Dr. Samra is Past-President of the British Columbia Psychological Association and Past-Chair of the BC Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee. She is a former Clinical Associate at the SFU Clinical Psychology Centre, and has served as an expert consultant for the British Columbia Family and Supreme Courts.
Dr. Samra is 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).
Dr. Joti Samra: Media Reel [January 2013]
Dr. Samra writes a weekly "Ask a Health Expert" column for The Globe and Mail.