About Dr. Andrea Dinardo

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Summary

Dr. Andrea Dinardo is a college professor, keynote speaker, and former school psychologist who applies positive psychology to facilitate personal growth and positive change in individuals and groups. Areas of expertise include: student stress, coping skills, resilience, and enhancing motivation to change.

Background

Dr. Andrea 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.

Her psychology textbooks with McGraw-Hill Ryerson “Essentials of Understanding Psychology” were published in 2009 and 2012. The most recent edition of Essentials published in 2016.

As a registered psychologist specializing in school and counselling psychology, she spent 17 years working with students, educators, and their families. In 2016, she chose to retire her psychological practice to focus full-time on teaching, writing, and speaking.

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Philosophy

Dr. Andrea Dinardo is passionate about what positive psychology can do for students and educators in and out of the classroom.

Her approach is both empowering and educational in nature. She teaches individuals and groups how to tackle problems head on by harnessing inherent resources and community support systems.

By first focusing on what is right, before examining what is wrong, people are motivated to move beyond, and in some cases, be transformed by their current limitations, history, and circumstances.

24 thoughts on “About Dr. Andrea Dinardo

  1. Hi, I’m so glad I came across your blog. I write about how anxiety and panic attacks have affected both my daughter and I. We’re panic free now, and thankfully at the end of our recovery. I’m interested in reading what you have to say about positive psychology in the classroom. Nice to connect with you, Jenny

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  2. Thank you so much for stopping by and liking my blog. I am honored!!!! ❤️ I write about real life circumstances and I try to put a positive spin on it. Bless you for the work you do! I am eager to start reading!

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  3. Ooooh. I love the sound of what you do and positive psychology. I am an educator as well, with a degree in social psychology and child growth and development.
    I worked in the early childhood field with children, parents, teachers, and family child care providers. Now I run my own business teaching Tai Chi (and performing), Qigong, and yoga. Movement therapy. And meditation, writing, therapuetic touch…
    I am all about the strengths model approach.
    I look forward to reading your blog. Thank you for making the world a better positive place!!!

    Suzanne

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  4. Andrea,

    You have accomplished a lot! I feel your drive and passion through your bio! Many students have been blessed because of your work. I also believe that all of us could learn something on stress resilience! ❤️​

    Ipuna

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  5. Excited to be following your blog! I am currently going into my senior year at ORU as a Psych major and then headed for grad school to get a Ph.D in Psychology! Looking forward to connecting with you through blogging! 😊

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  6. KJ Smith

    You have an amazing calling upon your life. I love your philosophy of first focusing on what is right. I try to follow that, as well, in children’s ministry. Thank you for stopping by my blog and enjoying one of my daily smiles!

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  7. I love this!!! I am of like mind. I’m no professor, but I am just as good as one – I’m a homeschooling mom! Go me! I have chosen to guide my children towards a solid foundation of emotional wellness; I place the importance of who they are first and then what they know about this world second. With the shaping of self-awareness, they will be able to navigate this world knowing how to sift and sort with higher accuracy. I’m excited to meet you and thank you for choosing to do the work you do.

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  8. Dear Dr. Dinardo,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for liking my post, “The Blossoming of My Tiny Emotional Support Animals.” Your site is very informative and I like to think that I practice positive psychology too. I look forward to reading more of your posts!
    Thanks again!
    Martha

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