About Dr. Andrea


Dr. Andrea Dinardo is a psychology professor, TEDx speaker, and former school psychologist who applies positive psychology to facilitate personal growth and transformational change.

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 individuals develop coping skills in fun, educational, and uplifting ways.


Dr. Dinardo received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Western University. Afterwards, 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.

As a registered psychologist specializing in school and counselling psychology, Dr. Dinardo spent 18 years working with students, educators, and their families. She retired her psychologist practice in 2016 to dedicate more time to psychology teaching, speaking, and writing.

Psychology teaching positions include: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) with St. Clair College and the University of Windsor, and the B.E.d Diploma in Technological Studies at the Faculty of Education, University of Windsor.

Dr. Dinardo also taught for a number of years in the psychology department at Western University while pursuing her Ph.D. in school and counselling psychology.



Dr. Dinardo’s psychology textbooks with McGraw-Hill Ryerson were published in 2009 and 2012. The most recent edition of Essentials published in 2016.

Magazines and Media

Dr. Dinardo also writes psychology articles for The Drive magazine. Topics include mental health, wellness, stress, resilience, and positive psychology.

She has also been interviewed by several publications and media outlets. Including: Psychology Today, CBC Television, CTV News, Flare Magazine, The Drive Magazine, What She Said Radio, FM 105.9 The Region, Blast the Radio, Glow Magazine, 107.7 Pulse FM, and AM 800 CKLW.


Dr. Dinardo 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.

Psychology Resources

DISCLAIMER The content of this website is for informational purposes only. Nothing found on this website is intended as a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. IF IN NEED OF PROFESSIONAL HELP Contact a licensed medical (e.g., family physician) and/or mental healthcare professional for advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If it is an emergency, call 911 and/or visit a hospital emergency room.

30 thoughts on “About Dr. Andrea

  1. Ioana

    I’m loving your perspective and your articles! πŸ™‚ I can use so much of this in my own classroom. Thanks!

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. HI, Andrea! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m enjoying my visit to your little corner of the blogosphere. I hope your students appreciate what a wonderful resource they have in you!

  5. Hi Andrea,
    Your knowledge shines.
    Feel privileged that you spotted my blog.
    Paid strict attention to your Einstein quote on your Strengths post, and took heart from it.
    My sincere thanks,

  6. Maria Grace Mandarino, LAc

    Thank you for appreciating my blog. I am happy to come upon your work. An impressive and inspiring blog! I have signed up to follow it.
    Maria Mandarino, LAc, LMT

  7. 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!!!


  8. 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! ❀️​


  9. 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! 😊

  10. Hi Andrea, I’m looking forward to reading more of your inspired work, teaching us all to be better versions of ourselves has to be a good thing. Warmest wishes.

  11. 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!

  12. Wonderful to meet you Andrea, and what an brilliant resume you have along with this inspiring blog.. Many thanks for your visit and I look forward to browsing in the future your blog..
    Blessings Sue πŸ˜€

  13. Encouragingly positive for me to read your blog/website, at times I’m looking for that elusive better attitude for my circumstances, Thanks, Ivor, from Geelong, Australia.

  14. myageofaquarius

    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.

  15. sana nadeem

    Dear Dr. Dinardo
    Informative and supportive blog makes us feel good.
    Love reading your blog.
    thanks u soo much
    sana nadeem

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  18. Natasha Zapata

    Wow you are such an inspiration to all women. I have been going through a hard time because of losing my job but i have been reading your blogs and they motivated me really well. Thank you so much for such an amazing effort. God bless you

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