About the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment

The Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment is a free resource to help workplace leaders evaluate their strategies related to psychological health and safety.

The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) acknowledges the need for organizations to ensure that those in leadership roles have the training and skills to “prevent psychological harm, promote psychological health of workers, and address problems related to psychological health and safety.” It also states that organizations should establish and sustain processes to assess and address leaders for psychologically safe leadership competencies.

The Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment and related resources found on the Workplace Strategies for Mental Health website are provided at no cost. Any organization using the free tools may also choose to allocate additional resources in terms of employee time spent supporting implementation of the strategies identified by the assessment. These evidence-based tools were developed by Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych. and her team with support from the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, to be freely used by individuals and organizations to enhance workplace psychological health and safety.

Project Team

The Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment (PSLA) was developed by a team of researchers as a confidential resource to help assess and improve the psychological health and safety skills of leaders.

The core author responsible for researching, developing and revising the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment is:

Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych
Lead Project Researcher

Dr. Samra is a national thought leader on issues relating to psychological health and resilience, with particular expertise in these issues as they pertain to the workplace environment. She is Principal and Founder of 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 and 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 at Work (organizational assessment); Managing Emotions(emotional intelligence assessment); and the  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).


Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, the University of Fredericton, and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety have contributed to the development of the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment resource in an effort to strengthen psychologically safe leadership in workplaces throughout Canada.
Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace

The Centre was established in 2007 to increase knowledge and awareness of workplace psychological health and safety, improve the ability to respond to mental health issues at work, and to provide practical strategies and tools for employers. Guarding Minds at Work was commissioned by the Centre, funded by the Great-West Life Assurance Company, through The Key to Giving™ national corporate citizenship program of Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.
University of Fredericton

The online Centre for Psychological Health Sciences at the University of Fredericton supports the national movement for the creation of psychologically safe and healthy workplaces. Their programs prepare participants for leadership roles by focusing on the tools and skills necessary to create, implement, and evaluate effective psychologically health and safe programs within the framework of the National Standard. 
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

CCOHS is Canada's national resource for the advancement of workplace health and safety, and provides credible information, education and innovative solutions to promote the total well-being and to create positive change in the lives of working people in Canada. CCOHS operates, hosts and maintains the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment resource.