Project Team

Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych.
Lead Project Researcher |

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.

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 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 Workplace Mental Health in Canada (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).

Dylan Davidson
Research Associate

Dylan Davidson, B.A.A. (Hons.) is a Master’s student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba, located in Winnipeg. He completed his B.A.A. (Hons.) in Psychology degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2016, receiving the Canadian Psychological Association’s Certificate of Academic Excellence. He is interested in researching the best practices for inducing social-environmental changes for those with mental health issues by way of increased public education and reduced stigma. In his graduate program, Dylan conducts systematic research efforts to improve public mental health literacy, and is receiving training in psychotherapy in order to eventually become a registered clinical psychologist. His graduate research is supported by the Canada Graduate Scholarship (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), and the University of Manitoba.

Michelle Hunsche
Research Associate

Michelle Hunsche is a Master’s student in Clinical Psychology at the University of British Columbia, located in Vancouver. She completed her B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology with a Minor in Counselling from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2017. She received the Canadian Psychological Association’s Certificate of Academic Excellence for her Honours Thesis on social cognition in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Michelle is broadly interested in the social-cognitive mechanisms underlying mental health issues, and how a better understanding and treatment of social-cognitive dysfunction might help to improve psychological health and wellness. In her graduate program, Michelle will be investigating the development and symptomology of comorbid anxiety disorders in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as how social-cognitive factors and environmental stressors (e.g., trauma) influence psychosocial well-being in this vulnerable group. During the course of her program, she will also begin receiving training to become a registered clinical psychologist. Her graduate research is supported by the University of British Columbia.

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