Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by News 1130 – cutting down on screen time for kids

(by Kenny Mason – Posted July 16, 2015)     VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The fight to get kids to put down that iPad or smartphone can be difficult.   Dr. Joti Samra believes if you want kids to take some time away from their toys, you need to, as well.   “Ensure that you have […]

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Time for Action on Psychological Wellbeing

Psychological wellbeing has been an issue upon HR’s radar for some time, and for good reason: by 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of world disability, according to Canada’s Mental Health Commission.   Dr. Joti Samra, a television psychologist with her own clinical practice, has been working with the University of Fredericton to […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by News 1130 – Puerto Rico considers fining parents of obese kids; psychologist calls it ‘shaming’

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s no secret child obesity is a growing problem, both here and in the US.   Puerto Rico is taking a controversial approach when it comes to combating the issue. The island territory is mulling over legislation that would hit parents with fines starting at $500 for their obese children.   “This […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by Global BC1 Re: Toronto girls hockey league tells coaches they cannot touch players on the bench — not even on the helmet

(Natalie Alcoba | February 3, 2015)   A Toronto girls hockey league has told coaches they cannot touch players on the bench — not even on their helmets — in a zero-tolerance policy that critics say may be doing more harm than good.   Following a complaint about a congratulations doled out by a volunteer […]

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The best cure for holiday hangover is return to routine

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Will Germ concerns mark the Death of the Handshake

(By Gordon McIntyre, The Province December 26, 2014)   Beware that handrail, watch out for door knobs — and be leery of the outstretched hand. There are tiny bugs everywhere and some of them can make you really sick.   “Every surface is covered with a thin film of microbial filth,” Dr. Danuta Skowronski of […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by Renee Bernard, News 1130 on Why A Human Victim of Crime rarely triggers the type of Anger we see after a Crime Involving a Pet

(Renee Bernard November 14, 2014)   VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s not unusual for hundreds of people to gather for a vigil held in honour of dog that died due to some violence or negligence.   This week, we were reminded of those large vigils, when the man who beat his German shepherd and left him […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by The Province about the Sunday Blues – when the Rest day is a day of Stress

(By Dana Gee, The Province November 7, 2014)   What was once often identified as a day of rest is now a day of stress for many people.   Whether you call it the Sunday blues or Sunday sadness, the last day of the weekend leaves many people feeling down in the dumps or even […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by News 1130 – Ottawa Shooting raises Questions for Kids

(Alison Bailey October 26, 2014)   VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Wednesday’s shooting in Ottawa has led to a lot of questions, posts on social media, and continuous TV and radio coverage.   It is virtually impossible to keep a child from hearing about it, so, how do you explain it all to them?   Dr. Joti […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by News 1130 – More “lone wolf” attacks expected: Foreign Affairs and Defense Expert

(Joanne Abshire October 23, 2014)   VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A Foreign Affairs and Defense expert says more acts of “terror” like in Ottawa are expected. SFU Professor Douglas Ross says there are several hundred young men identified by CSIS or the RCMP as radicals, and about 90 of them had their passports taken away.   […]

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Dr. Joti Samra speaks to News 1130 about how to Speak to your kids about Ebola

(Alison Bailey and John Streit October 16)   VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – As Dallas, Texas considers a local state of emergency to beef up its response to the Ebola scare, there are also plenty of people concerned on this side of the border.   A team of public health experts is now on standby in the […]

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Dr. Joti Samra speaks to Sonia Aslam, News 1130, about PTSD Among First Responders

(Tristin Hopper | July 17, 2014)   Six years after Vince Li beheaded a Greyhound passenger, another death: Mountie at the scene commits suicide   One of the Mounties who responded to the 2008 Manitoba bus beheading committed suicide on the weekend after years of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.   “It was a very rapid […]

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Dr. Joti Samra talks to The Province about The Bystander Effect

(By Susan Lazaruk, The Province July 16, 2014)   Is chivalry dead?   A woman whose purse was snatched from the busy food court at Metrotown was dismayed that none of the 100 people who heard her screaming for help joined her to chase after the thief.   “I’m not sure if I’m mourning the […]

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Dr. Joti Samra speaks to The Province about Seriously stressed-out students on the rise on post-secondary campuses

(By Paul Luke, The Province April 21, 2014)   University of B.C. student ­Saniya Jamal never dreamed that stress could be such a powerful ally and such a punishing opponent.   Jamal, who graduated last year from Western University in ­Ontario with a BA in French and linguistics, has set her sights on winning admission […]

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Dr. Joti Samra article on Archetypes – 7 ways to Stop being a People Pleaser

(by Michele Laufik)     Be OK with Speaking Up “The problem is that people confuse being assertive with being a jerk,” explains Larry Winget, author of “Grow a Pair: How to Stop Being a Victim and Take Back Your Life, Your Business, and Your Sanity.” “Nothing could be more incorrect.” It’s simply respectful behavior, […]

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Dr. Joti Samra Featured in City Life Magazine – 10 People Who will Change your Life

(February 5, 2014 by Simona Panetta)   Haven’t yet lost that dreadful muffin top or made amends with your latest friend-turned-foe? Nowhere near achieving the relationship or career you so desperately want, need? We called upon the experts to crank up our happy-o-meter with motivational tips that will take us that much closer to personal […]

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Dr. Joti Samra’s article for BC Medical Journal – Six-step plan for effective behavior changes

If you are like most people, you have likely made at least one new year’s resolution focused on improving your physical or emotional health. Unfortunately, we know that by July of this year 94% of us will have forgotten or failed to achieve our resolution. So, here are some effective tips that can help you […]

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Dr. Joti Samra talks to The Province Newspaper about New Year’s Resolutions

(By Susan Lazaruk, The Province)   A large group of Vancouverites may be too a) lazy b) cynical or c) fit already; 42 per cent of people surveyed said they have no plans to make a fitness resolution for 2014.   And 15 per cent of respondents to the Ipsos Reid survey admitted they’ll formally […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by The StarPheonix about Keeping a lid on holiday stress

(By Dana Gee, Postmedia News)   With the holiday season gearing up to full speed, stress levels are also rising. To help us enjoy the good aspects and better manage the bad, we asked psychologist Dr. Joti Samra, an adjunct professor at B.C.’s Simon Fraser University, to offer her insight into how to deal with […]

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