For over fifteen years, Dr. Andrea Bonior has been helping people find their best selves and get motivated to live their best lives. A psychologist, professor, writer, and friendship expert, she is passionate about the health and wellness benefits good friendships can bring to our lives, and speaks to audiences large and small about how to make them happen. Determined that fulfilling relationships shouldn’t be a luxury and “work-life balance” shouldn’t be a charade, she uses cutting edge research to explain why the things we sometimes pay the least attention to in our lives can actually be the most important for our motivation, energy, and happiness. Dr. Bonior has found that personal development and business development are much more entertwined than people realize, and she uses cutting edge principles of psychology, anecdotes, and laughter (it’s good for you!) to inspire people to unblock what’s keeping them from their best selves, and go after their goals with gusto.
Dr. Bonior is best known for "Baggage Check," her weekly mental health column in the Washington Post Express, unique among advice columns for its plentiful wit and pop culture references. Frequently cited in other media, her expertise has most recently appeared on NPR, in Forbes, The New York Times, HLN, CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo!, U.S. News and World Report, Mic.com, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Glamour, Self, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Seventeen. She writes Psychology Today's "Friendship 2.0" blog and contributes to The Huffington Post, and is a television commentator for several Washington, DC stations about psychological issues. Her first book, "The Friendship Fix: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Losing, and Keeping Up With Your Friends" was published by St. Martin's Press, and her second book, about the psychology of everyday life, is due out in September. In addition to serving on the adjunct faculty of Georgetown University, Dr. Bonior maintains a private psychotherapy practice. She lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband and three children.