For nearly two decades, Dr. Andrea Bonior has been helping people find their best selves and get motivated to live their best lives. As not only a keynote speaker but also a clinical psychologist, professor, writer, and media personality, she is passionate about bringing the science of psychology to life. Her talks, though fine-tuned with care to be a personalized fit for every audience, all have one thing in common: they use sound scientific principles to engage, entertain and inform her audience. She sparks insights that will stay with them to change the ways they think, feel and behave, and to generate meaningful results. She takes pride in one constant marker of her success: event planners who get major props from their bosses and audiences for having booked her.
Dr. Bonior's most popular talks involve emotional health at work, motivation, and relationships that increase productivity and leadership. She uses cutting edge principles of psychology, personalized examples, and laughter (it's good for you!) to inspire people to unblock what's keeping them from their best selves, and to go after their goals with gusto. Determined that fulfilling relationships shouldn’t be a luxury and “work-life balance” shouldn’t be a charade, she uses up-to-the-minute 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 is also known for Baggage Check, her long-time weekly mental health column in the Washington Post, unique among advice columns for its plentiful wit and pop culture references. Frequently cited in other media, her work and expertise have most recently been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, NPR, HLN, CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo!, U.S. News and World Report, Mic.com, Vox, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Glamour, Self, Woman's Day, and Seventeen. Her blog for Psychology Today has been read more than 6 million times, and she is featured frequently on television to talk about psychological issues.
She is the author of The Friendship Fix (St. Martin's Press) and the recent best-selling book Psychology: Essential Thinkers, Classic Theories, and How They Inform Your World. In addition to serving on the adjunct faculty of Georgetown University, Dr. Bonior maintains a part-time private psychotherapy practice. She lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband, three children, and huge Black lab mix Buster.
- Multiple year nominee: Georgetown Academic Council Honors Award, given by students to faculty members whose teaching "makes a difference in students' lives"