Dr. Andrea Dinardo is a psychology professor, published author, TEDx speaker, and retired 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 people develop positive coping techniques in fun, interactive, 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.
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 were published in 2009 and 2012. The most recent edition of Essentials published in 2016.
Dr. Dinardo also writes a psychology 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 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.