Hi! I’m Dr. Samantha Boardman, a New York City based “positive” psychiatrist who is committed to fixing what’s wrong and building what’s strong. Historically, psychiatry has focused on the diagnosis of disease and the treatment of individuals with mental illness. Positive psychiatry takes a more expansive approach, focusing on the promotion of wellbeing and the creation of health. Based on 15 years of experience, I help clients find strength within stress and wellness within illness.
My free newsletter, The Weekly Dose, provides science-backed, actionable advice for countering stress and cultivating wellbeing. It combines my years of training in medical school and psychiatry with my studies in the field of positive psychology. I share practical and achievable strategies that are life-enhancing and resilience-building, No smiley faces. No rainbows. No unicorns. I promise. The content is never finger wagging or guilt-inducing. The word “should” is not in my vocabulary.
Stress, burnout, and anxiety are at an all time high. While there isn’t a magic wand to eliminate these ongoing challenges, it is possible to fortify yourself in the face of daily stress.
Let me distill the research on wellbeing for you and deliver it to your inbox. You have my word that the Weekly Dose will never be more than a 2-minute read because I know you have other things to do!
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There is no health without mental health.
I wish you all the best,
Dr. Samantha Boardman
I received my B.A. from Harvard University, an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and an M.A. in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. I have published papers in journals including Translational Neuroscience, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, The American Journal of Psychiatry, and The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
I have been featured on the Today Show and Good Day New York and am a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Thrive Global, and Psychology Today.
I am the founder of Positive Prescription, a website that combines my training in medicine and psychiatry with positive psychology.
My book, Everyday Vitality, is about cultivating vitality--the positive feeling of aliveness and energy that lies at the core of wellbeing and at the heart of a good day.
In the book, I share strategies to override counterproductive responses to the onslaught of daily hassles and respond with flexibility and fortitude instead of fear and rumination.