Joan Neehall, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with a specialization in forensic psychology. She has practiced in Edmonton since 1984 (registration #1579) and in British Columbia from 1987 to 2019 (registration #922). She holds diplomate status in the American College of Forensic Examiners. Joan is a psychologist, author, wife, mother, and philanthropist, and conducted seminars in Shanghai, China, in 2019 and in Beijing in 2018. In addition to Happy Is the New Healthy, she has written Perfecting Your Private Practice (2004) and Women Who Roar:Female Pioneers in Alberta (2011), and she coauthored the bestselling Habit of a Happy Life: 30 Days to a Positive Addiction with Dr. Jeffrey Zeig, PhD, in 2018. She has appeared on television shows discussing a variety of topics ranging from body dysmorphia to stress management, as well as the new science of happiness. She taught at Simon Fraser University and has worked in hospitals and in private practice. Most recently, she has spoken at the Mindful Life Summit in San Francisco and on Schneps Media, among other outlets, and has participated in numerous panel and Zoom discussions addressing such topics as happiness, powerful women, telemedicine, and how to deal with the psychological effects of the lockdown and COVID-19.
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