About Dr. Andrea

Background and Overview

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.

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Professional Designation and Education

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

TEDx Talk:

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

AERA New Researcher Award

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.

Teaching Positions

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.

Professional Speaking

Dr. Andrea has been speaking professionally for 25 years on a number of psychology topics, including:

  1. Stress and Anxiety Regulation
  2. Resilience and Mental Health
  3. Energy and Time Management
  4. Strength Based Leadership
  5. Peak Performance and Flow
  6. Thriving Under Pressure
  7. Social and Emotional Intelligence
  8. Enhancing Motivation for Change


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

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Magazines and Media

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

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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.

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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.

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  1. I’m loving your perspective and your articles! 🙂 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. Good afternoon Dr. Dinardo-Thanks for visiting my blog! I really enjoyed gong through many of your posts. You make excellent points with few words!!

    Thanks again!


  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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,

  7. 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

  8. 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!!!


  9. 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! ❤️​


  10. 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! 😊

  11. I’m quite pleased to be following you- I really appreciate your philosophy and your heart to motivate folks in a positive way. Life perspective matters.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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 😀

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Dear Dr. Dinardo,
    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!

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

  19. Thriving under pressure, managing anxiety positively, and living life out-of-the-box: in the mind and our body. Much needed!

    Congratulations on your success! Great blog!

  20. 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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