University of British Columbia, 2020, Ph.D.
University of British Columbia, 2014, M.Sc.
University of Northern British Columbia, 2009, B.Sc.


Dr. Johanna Sam is a proud member of Tŝilhqot’in Nation. Realizing the importance of a strength-based approach, she is involved in creating youth-friendly educational and mental health resources. Her research explores the relationships among online aggression, resiliency, academic achievement, and wellness. Her research and teaching not only utilizes digital technology, but approaches those digital tools from Indigenous perspectives. Her innovative approach to research and teaching is as much about using digital tools thoughtfully in addition to deciding when not to use digital tools while taking into consideration the impact of technology on learning and wellness. She has a passion for making a difference in the lives of young people, especially in Indigenous communities.

Dr. Sam has taught extensively in the NITEP – Indigenous Teacher Education program, where she was the coordinator for the Cariboo Field Centre, as well as a 12-month lecturer in Digital Pedagogies in Indigenous Teacher Education. In her role in ECPS, Dr. Sam will fill teaching gaps across two programs in the faculty: HDLC and NITEP.

Scholarly Interests:

Adolescence, Indigenous Education, Indigenous Methodologies, Technology, Online aggression, Social and emotional learning, Digital pedagogies

Selected Publications:



Sam, J., Schmeisser, C., & Hare, J. (accepted). Grease Trail Storytelling Project: Creating Indigenous Digital Pathways. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies.

Sam, J., Wisener, K., Schuitemaker, N., Jarvis-Selinger, S. (2018). Aboriginal Youth Experiences with Cyberbullying: A Qualitative Analysis of Aboriginal eMentoring BC. International Journal of Indigenous Health. Retrieved from

Sam, J., Ghosh, H., & Richardson, C. G. (2015). Examining the relationship between attachment styles and resilience levels among Aboriginal adolescents in Canada. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 11(3).



Sam, J., Wisniewski, P., Xu, H., Rosson, M.B., Carroll, J.M. (March 2017). Chapter 90: How Are Social Capital and Parental Mediation Associated with Cyberbullying and Cybervictimization Among Youth in the United States? 19th International Human-Computer International 2017 – Part II Posters’ Extended Abstracts. Communications in Computer and Information Science Proceedings, 714.



Sam, J. (2013). Tackling Youth Mental Health Inequities: Opportunities and Challenges of eHealth. Health Science Inquiry, 4(1). Accessed from website at:

Courses Taught:

EDUC 440 Aboriginal Education in Canada
EPSE 308 Human Development, Learning and Diversity
EPSE 310 Assessment & Learning in Classroom
EPSE 311 Cultivating Supportive School and Classroom Environments
EPSE 317 Development and Exceptionality in the Regular Classroom