Her psychology blog and TEDx Talk (both called “Thriving Under Pressure“) were created in response to rising levels of student stress and anxiety. The purpose of both is to help students develop positive coping techniques in fun, interactive, and uplifting ways.
Dr. Dinardo is a Psychology Professor at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. In 1999, she completed the post-doc internship and exam requirements of the College of Psychologists to become a fully registered psychologist (C.Psych.) in the province of Ontario, Canada.
She is the recipient of the Robert J. Menges New Researcher Award from the AERA Special Interest Group on Faculty Teaching, Evaluation, and Development for her doctoral research: An experimental analysis of the effects of teacher enthusiasm on student attention, motivation, and learning.
Dr. Dinardo also writes a psychology advice column for The DRIVE magazine about psychology in everyday life. Topics include: fostering mental health and wellness, optimizing psychological strengths, and embracing negative emotions.
As a registered psychologist specializing in school and counselling psychology, Dr. Dinardo spent 17 years working with students, educators, and their families. In 2016, she chose to retire her psychological practice to focus full-time on positive education via teaching, writing, coaching, and speaking.
By first focusing on what is right, before examining what is wrong, students can be transformed by their challenges and adversities.