Sarb Johal

Sarb Johal is a clinical and health psychologist with too many interests for the time he has available. He has looked at cloning as a solution but is yet to find a worthy collaborator. One of his roles is as Associate Professor in Disaster Mental Health in the School of Psychology, Massey University. Other hats include; host and producer of the Who cares? What’s the point? podcast, and regular contributor as a parenting commentator on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon.

Quality of relationships matter for fathers and their children’s development - The Psychology Report

Mar 20, 2017

In this Psychology Report, I talk with Associate Professor Claire Vallotton from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Michigan State University in the USA, about father’s parenting stress and its relationship to cognitive and language development in toddlers. This interview is based on the findings of this paper, and you can listen to the podcast as well as reading our conversation below.     SJ:      In this transcript of the second show of Season 1 of “Who cares? What’s the point?” , I talked with Associate Professor Claire Vallotton at Michigan State University. In this conversation we talk about the effects of fathers’ parenting stress on children’s language and cognitive development – which is unusual in a few ways. Firstly, because we know quite a bit about mothers’ parenting stress but less so about fathers … Read More

What effect could climate change have on human aggression? - The Psychology Report

Mar 13, 2017

In this Psychology Report, I talk with Dr Matt Williams from the School of Psychology at Massey University in New Zealand about the possible link between climate change and violence levels, based on this paper. You can listen to the original podcast here, as well as reading our conversation below.   Sarb Johal:   In this first show of the Season 1, I have a conversation with Matt Williams of the School of Psychology at Massey University here in New Zealand. Now Matt and his colleagues are interested in the idea that anthropogenic climate change might lead to more aggressive behaviour becoming more common. We know that there seems to be a link between behaviour and short-term variations in temperature particularly aggressive behaviour, but what happens if this temperature change is sustained over a period of time … Read More